Welcome to Maricopa Community Colleges

As one of the most comprehensive community college systems in the country, we have designed each of our colleges to cater to a variety of interests from single courses, degrees, and community engagement opportunities. Our multiple colleges allow us to understand the needs of the areas we serve, and adjust our offerings accordingly. We believe that by offering opportunities to better our community, we are also gaining a better understanding of how to improve other communities. Whether you're from Arizona, or the other side of the globe, we are interested in learning with you and from you.

Depending on your residency type, you may have to adhere to a certain set of laws, regulations, and forms to become a student. These must be completed first, as part of your enrollment process. Residency documentation must be provided to each college of attendance, generally in the Admissions and Records or Student Enrollment Services departments. We’ve listed different residency types that may resonate with your current living situation, and additional steps to complete once you’ve confirmed your classification. Tuition costs may vary depending on residency type.

What type of resident are you?

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Maricopa County resident

If you’re a U.S. citizen, or in lawful status, lived in Maricopa County for 50 days, and lived in Arizona for at least one year before classes start, you won’t need to establish residency before enrollment.

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Out-of-county resident

This residency type includes U.S. citizens, or persons within lawful status, who have lived in Arizona, outside of Maricopa County, for at least a year, or have lived in Maricopa County for less than 50 days prior to the start date of classes. Also, if you’re a resident in either Apache and Greenlee County, these counties have agreed to pay for your tuition at one of the state’s community colleges. Out-of-county residents must complete and submit the Arizona Out-of-County Residence Affidavit form to your chosen college’s admissions office. You will find website and contact information for each admissions office at the bottom of this page.

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Out-of-state resident and foreign national

If you haven’t lived in Arizona for at least one year prior to the start of classes, are an F-1 nonimmigrant, or international student, you are considered an out-of-state resident. Please contact your chosen college’s admission office for necessary forms. You will find website and contact information for each admissions office at the bottom of this page. Please note that forms must submitted by July 1 if you plan to enroll for fall semester classes and November 1 for spring semester classes.

Financial aid requirements

If you plan to apply for financial aid as part of the enrollment process, and you are a student who is an established resident or has lawful presence in the U.S., you may qualify for our scholarships or federal financial aid. Additionally, private scholarship funds held in and distributed by the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation may be available for eligible students.

Acceptable documents to establish lawful presence:

An Arizona driver's license issued after 1996 or an Arizona non-operating identification license or an Arizona Instruction Permit.

A birth certificate or delayed birth certificate issued in any state, territory, or possession of the United States.

A United States certificate of birth abroad.

A United States passport.

A foreign passport with a United States visa.

An I-94 form with photograph.

A United States citizenship and immigration services employment authorization document or refugee travel document.

A United States Permanent Resident Card.

A United States certificate of naturalization.

A United States certificate of citizenship.

A tribal certificate of Indian blood.

Connect with your Admissions and Records Office

Chandler-Gilbert
Community College

2626 E. Pecos Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85225

480-732-7320

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Estrella Mountain
Community College

3000 N. Dysart Rd.
Avondale, AZ 85323

623-935-8888

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GateWay
Community College

108 N. 40th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

602-286-8200

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Glendale
Community College

6000 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302

623-845-3333

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Mesa
Community College

1833 W. Southern Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85202

480-461-7600

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Paradise Valley
Community College

18401 N. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

602-787-7020

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Phoenix College

1202 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

602-285-7777

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Rio Salado College

2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-517-8540

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Scottsdale
Community College

9000 E. Chaparral Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

480-423-6100

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South Mountain
Community College

7050 S. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85042

602-243-8123

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