A step-by-step guide for veterans and active duty
Documents needed to begin classes
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. 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.
Step 2: Take the placement test
Placement tests help you begin your education at Maricopa County Community Colleges with the right classes for you. If you plan taking college-level English, reading, or math, and/or English is not your first language, you will need to take a placement test before you can register for classes. You may retake the Placement Test for English, math, or reading once after a 24-hour waiting period
Scheduling a placement test
You can take your Placement Test at any of our colleges. Our colleges can provide Placement Testing in a variety of ways:
- Appointment at...
Please check with the Assessment and Testing Office at the college of your choice for your Placement Testing options. If you are an out-of-state student, you can schedule to take the test in a proctored environment. You must bring a valid photo ID with you on the day of testing. See a list of valid photo ID options.
Once you have completed your Placement Test, be sure to record your scores on your Enrollment Steps guide. Your academic advisor will review your test scores with you during your advisement session.
Step 3: Transcripts, advisement, and registration
Print unofficial transcripts
All military students are required to have all transcripts on file with their Maricopa Community College of choice. This includes military service transcripts in order to utilize VA Education Benefits. Meet with your academic advisor and provide all transcripts for unofficial review.
- Go to JST Transcript database to request your transcripts
- Joint Service Transcripts (JST) are official transcripts for military personnel. JST is an academically accepted transcript document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE validates a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding college credit recommendations.
- JST are college credit(s) that can be transferred and applied to a students' college degree; the same way credits from a previously attended university/college credits is transferred and applied.
*Note – The VA requires that all transcripts, including military transcripts, are to be submitted to the college within two semesters. If after the second semester the transcripts are not received, the college must report the deficient transcript to the VA. The VA will then discontinue VA benefits until the required transcripts are received and evaluated by the college.
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 in your Enrollment Steps guide.
Step 4: Pay tuition and fees
Military Tuition Assistance
Work with your college’s Admissions, Records, and Registration office to complete the necessary paperwork to utilize your military tuition assistance funds if they are available to you.
If you withdraw from a course for which you have received military tuition assistance funds, the Maricopa Community Colleges are required to return any unearned portion of tuition assistance back to your branch of the Department of Defense. You can read the policy at the 2.2.10 Refund Policy page. Be aware that withdrawing from a course for which you have received tuition assistance funds can result in a debt with the Department of Defense and/or with Maricopa.
Tuition is due 35 days prior to the start date of your first class. If you register less than 35 days before the start date of your first class, your tuition is due the same day.
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. Explore your paying for college options below.
A student in the Armed Forces or the Arizona National Guard who is called to active duty and assigned to a duty station, verifiable by a copy of the orders, will be allowed to withdraw and receive a 100% refund of tuition, provided courses have not been completed.