Welcome to Maricopa Community Colleges
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?
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.
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.
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
Acceptable documents to establish lawful presence:
Statement regarding DACA
Immediately following the passage of Proposition 300 in 2006, Maricopa Community Colleges established the policy of accepting the I-766 employment authorization as evidence of lawful presence under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. This is the Federal law which Proposition 300 was intended to enact at the state level. As required by another state law (HB 2008) passed in 2009, we also accept the I-766 as evidence of lawful presence for "state and local benefits," a term defined by that statute to include resident tuition. The law has not changed since these statutes and policies were put in place, and we have no plans to change our policies.
If any student applying for resident tuition presents us with an I-766, we will accept it as currently required.
It is important to remember that evidence of lawful presence alone is not sufficient to prove residence in Arizona. It merely shows that the student is not subject to the legal restrictions imposed on those who are not lawfully present in the United States. To qualify for the in-state tuition rate, all students must go on to show proof of residency by providing various types of documentation, as shown on the maricopa.edu website.
Of course, we will follow any significant changes in the law and change our policies if required.
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