Your step-by-step guide to academic success
Note: For veterans and active duty service members, see the Veterans and active duty enrollment steps.
Use this Enrollment Steps guide (.pdf) to keep track of your progress. By filling out this guide you’ll remember where you left off in the enrollment steps.
Step 1: Get admitted
Apply for admission online
In this step, you will…
• Create your Maricopa Enterprise ID (also known as MEID)
• Complete the admission application by adding your personal information
• Submit proof of your identification
Please note if you started your application more than 48 hours ago, you will need to start a new application
Apply for admission in-person
You can also apply for admission In-Person at the college of your choice. Bring a printed copy of the Student Admissions Application (English version | Spanish version) to the Admissions, Records and Registration Office at the college you plan to attend. We recommend you submit official transcripts of any high school and/or college credits to the Admissions, Records and Registration Office at the college of your choice.
• Chandler-Gilbert 480-732-7320
• Estrella Mountain 623-935-8888
• GateWay 602-286-8200
• Glendale 623-845-3333
• Mesa 480-461-7600
• Paradise Valley 602-787-7020
• Phoenix 602-285-7800
• Rio Salado 480-517-8540
• Scottsdale 480-423-6100
• South Mountain 602-243-8123
As you complete the Step One, record the following information on your Enrollment Steps guide.
• Student ID Number
• Maricopa Email
Maricopa email: Activate your Maricopa email at google.maricopa.edu once you have completed the admission process.
For additional information and support with the admissions process, visit the resources on this page. To receive help with the admissions process, contact the college of your choice.
Step 2: Determine placement
Our colleges utilize two processes to determine college course placement for students: high school transcripts and/or placement tests.
Submit high school transcripts
If you plan to use your high school transcripts for course placement, you will need to do the following:
- Submit official transcripts of any high school to the Admissions, Records and Registration Office at the college of your choice. If your high school transcripts are older than 10 years, prepare for and take the placement test (see details below).
- Bring a copy of your high school transcripts to your advisement session. Your advisor will use your transcripts to help place you in English, Math, and Reading courses. Advisement services can vary by college, click here.
Please note the following criteria for placement with High School Transcripts:
|High School GPA
At least two years of high school
No more than 10 years out of high school
|3.0 or above||ENG101||MAT15x or 187||CRE101|
|2.6-2.99||ENG101||MAT14x or 120||RDG100|
|Below 2.6||Take Writeplacer||Take ACCUPLACER||Take ACCUPLACER|
Students who wish to place into a higher level may take the ACCUPLACER as a secondary measure. Students whose GPA does not fit the given criteria will need to take the ACCUPLACER.
Students who wish to place into a higher level may take the Placement Test as a secondary measure. Students whose GPA does not fit the given criteria will need to take the Placement Test.
Take placement test (if needed)
Placement tests help you begin your education at Maricopa Community Colleges with the classes that are right for you. You need to take placement tests before registration if you plan on taking college-level English, Reading, Math, or English is not your first language courses. You will review your placement test scores with an academic advisor, and decide together which English, reading, and math courses offer you the best path for academic success.
Take placement test if:
- you are currently a high school freshman/sophomore OR
- your high school GPA is below 2.6 OR
- your high school transcripts are older than 10 years OR
- you obtained a GED OR
- you wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
- your high school transcripts are from outside the United States
Step 3: Seek advisement and register for classes
Advisors will help you identify courses and create an educational plan to meet your academic goals. Our colleges can provide academic advisement in a variety of ways:
• Individual or Group
• Appointment or Walk-In
• Phone or Email
Please check with the Academic Advising Office at the college of your choice for your advisement options. As you prepare for your academic advisement session, explore your program and degree options. Be sure to discuss your academic goals and course options with your Advisor during your session. Make a note of the courses you and your Advisor discussed on your Enrollment Steps guide.
To make the registration process easier, review the recommended course subject(s) and number(s) (e.g., ENG 101, MAT152, etc.) you discussed with your Academic Advisor. To register for classes, go to your Online Student Center and click on Add a Class.
New student orientation
Attending New Student Orientation (NSO) is a great way to get connected to resources and people on campus. New Student Orientation session formats vary from college to college. Click the button to access contact information for your college campus and learn about your college-specific New Student Orientation.
Step 4: Pay tuition and fees
Tuition is charged per academic credit hour, according to your residency classification or status. Fees may vary, and will be assessed at the time of registration.
There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee and a $20 non-refundable payment plan enrollment fee. You can pay with a credit/debit card, a checking/savings account, or by a prepaid/re-loadable card.
Please note: Payment is due at time of registration in order to secure your class(es).
If you do not pay the balance of your tuition and fees on time, you may risk being dropped from your classes. To check the due date of your tuition and fees, go to your Online Student Center at my.maricopa.edu.
You have four easy ways to pay tuition and fees
1. Make online payments using your Online Student Center, where you can use any of the four major credit cards to make your payment.
2. Make a payment in person at the college cashier’s office using cash, credit card, or a check.
3. Enroll in a monthly payment plan (Nelnet Business Solutions).
4. Use financial aid funds such as scholarships, grants, and loans. They will apply to the balance of your tuition and fees automatically when awarded.
All financial aid starts with creating a FSA ID and completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete your FAFSA online, go to fafsa.gov. Review the five steps for Financial Aid to monitor the status of your application.
Numerous scholarship opportunities await. Scholarships can vary in amount, and eligibility is based on need or merit. We give you the ins and outs of scholarships, including how to find them, and how to apply.
If you plan to cover a portion of your tuition and fees out of pocket, you may want to enroll in a payment plan. Don’t forget to record the balance of what you will need to pay to attend your classes, as well as the due date for payment on your Enrollment Steps guide.