Mesa Promise Program

Mesa Promise Program logoMesa College Promise: 2-years free at MCC

The first Mesa College Promise eligible high school graduates are receiving funding to attend MCC, for two years at no cost, beginning with the fall 2021 semester.

Mesa College Promise is a commitment from the City of Mesa to its residents that eligible graduating Mesa high school students can attend MCC for two years with Arizona resident tuition and fees fully funded.

The first College Promise Program within the Maricopa County Community College District provides financial support to students with demonstrated financial needs but who have not received enough Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) funds or other scholarships to completely cover the cost of attending MCC. Eligibility includes a 2.0 or better high school GPA and Mesa residency. Full details, criteria and applications are available at

Each students works with an MCC academic advisor to develop a personalized education plan, mapping their course for the next two years. Less than full-time enrollment or an extension of the program beyond two years may be approved, when it is in the best interest of the student.

“The pandemic is affecting everyone, including the students toiling to complete high school online. I’m pleased we’re able to offer the Mesa College Promise program to some of these extraordinary students – our future Thunderbirds,” said MCC Interim President Lori Berquam, Ph.D. “Our goal is to be the source of possibilities, whether it is earning credentials to enter the workforce, an associate’s degree or transfer credits to a university. We are opening doors for the next generation of community college learners.”

Student funding is awarded through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. The Mesa College Promise is a public-private partnership with funding from the City of Mesa, Mesa businesses and philanthropists, and the federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).