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Office of the President

Lori Berquam, Interim College President of Mesa Community College

The new semester is here! For fall 2020, Mesa Community College has added services, expanded tech support and is offering new financial aid opportunities. If you are having difficulty at any point, please take advantage of all the free services MCC offers. If you are having computer or internet issues, let your professor know immediately. From your first day of class, know our free tutoring is here to help you understand and build the knowledge you’ll need to achieve.

Financial Aid – The Maricopa Opportunity Grant, for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, may cover the costs of tuition and fees plus a textbook allowance for students with financial needs that are not met through other forms of financial aid. Full-time students may be eligible for up to $1,220 per semester. Learn more at Also, Fall students can take advantage of a discounted flat tuition rate of $1,020 for 12.5 - 21 credits. Students new to Arizona can register for 8 credits at the resident $85-per-credit-hour rate instead of waiting a year for resident status. Contact our Financial Aid Office to help you find more resources to pay for college.

Curbside Pickup is one way we are keeping you and the MCC community safe while providing access to campus for the books and materials you need for classes as well as food and hygiene supplies you need to thrive. Make appointments and drive up for materials to be placed in your vehicle for these services:

  • Mesa Market Curbside PickupMesa Market – Beginning August 31, every week MCC students can receive a free basic food pantry bag plus hygiene products and school supplies. Curbside services begin the week of August 31 and must be scheduled by noon the day before. At Southern and Dobson, access the pickup site from the Library Way entrance off Dobson Road. Markets are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 4 - 6 p.m. The Red Mountain pickup site is at the bus stop by the flagpole in front of the Mesquite building on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. The link to request food and materials will be posted August 25. Visit Services and Resources on the Virtual Student Life Center for more information.
  • We Care Wednesday – Free and open to anyone in our community in need of food assistance. This distribution by United Food Bank is held the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. - noon, beginning September 2. Only on the Southern and Dobson campus, at this time. Enter Solar Way east of Dobson Road and follow the signs. No appointment required. Details at Services and Resources.
  • Library Curbside Pickup now availableLibrary – Campus library facilities are not open but these important services are delivered virtually. Pick up Library books and materials from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On the Southern and Dobson Campus, use the Library Entrance east off Dobson Road. Red Mountain’s pickup is at the Mountain Way bus stop in front of the Mesquite building. Call the Libraries to reserve the materials you need-- Southern and Dobson, 480-761-7680, or Red Mountain, 480-654-7741.
  • Bookstore – There’s no in-store shopping. Staff is available during retail hours to answer questions; call 480-461-7225. Order books and materials online for delivery. Curbside pickup at Southern and Dobson campus only is available 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday, August 24 – September 4. Enter Solar Way off Dobson Road and follow the signs. You will make a left (north) before the TC building.

On-Campus Wi-Fi and Computer Work Areas – Only for students enrolled in fall classes, MCC has a limited number of spaces to work in Monday through Friday on both campuses. Bring your own laptop for Wi-Fi areas. Computers are provided in computer work areas. Click here to make your reservations.

Students working on laptops

Your Safety on Campus – Your health is a priority! Masks or face coverings must be worn by everyone while on campus. Details here. As knowledge of preventing the spread of the corona virus has evolved, MCC cleaning procedures have been enhanced to exceed the Centers for Disease Control and Research recommendations of one deep cleaning or disinfecting, and two touch surface cleanings or disinfecting per day. For example, every two hours the entry/exit doors, water bottle fillers and restrooms in buildings being used by employees and students are being disinfected.

Let the learning begin, Thunderbirds!

Lori M. Berquam, Ph.D.
Interim President, Mesa Community College

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