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

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Free College Tuition

Yes, that is right, free college tuition is available to graduating Mesa high school seniors, thanks to a partnership between the City of Mesa and MCC.

Assigned Academic Advisor

Each student accepted into the Mesa College Promise has their own Academic Advisor while at MCC.

Program Resources for Students

In addition to a special Mesa College Promise orientation plus advising, students receive all the traditional free MCC services such as tutoring, counseling, parking, transportation discounts and the food pantry.

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As a Mesa College Promise scholar, you receive personalized support while attending MCC. Mesa College Promise benefits include:

  • Financial support covering the cost of Arizona resident tuition and fees (up to $2,070 per year for two years*)
  • Support during high school by MCC team members to complete FAFSA, scholarship applications, and MCC enrollment
  • The Mesa College Promise Orientation experience to prepare students for their first semester at MCC
  • An assigned MCC advisor to provide academic and personal support
  • Access to workshops, boot camps, tutoring, counseling, and other supportive services
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities in Mesa businesses.
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*The amount awared is adjusted each academic year based on the Arizona resident tuition and fees for that year. Eligible College Promise Students who do not qualify for Arizona resident tuition, are funded at the Arizona resident rate and may need to pay additional tuition based on their residency status.

Eligibility Requirements

City of Mesa residents who meet the following criteria are eligible for the Mesa College Promise:

  • Graduating in 2021 from a public, private, charter, or home school located in or adjacent to the city of Mesa
  • Earning a 2.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA
  • Demonstrating financial need based on FAFSA completion
  • Enrolling at Mesa Community College the semester after high school graduation as a full-time (12 or more credit hours), degree or certificate seeking student

If you meet these requirements, get ready to experience a seamless transition from high school to Mesa Community College.

What is meant by Demonstrated Financial Need?

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The Mesa College Promise is a need-based program that provides financial support to eligible students after financial aid and scholarships have been awarded to cover any remaining tuition and fees.

All Promise students are required to submit a FAFSA*. After submitting the FAFSA, students receive a Student Aid Report that includes an Estimated Family Contribution.

Demonstrated Financial Need is defined by the Promise Program as:

  1. Estimated Family Contribution on the FAFSA Student Aid Report of 7,700 or less

OR

  1. Adjusted Gross Family Income on the FAFSA Student Aid Report of $45,000 or less

Receive assistance with completing the FAFSA by reaching out to your Mesa College Promise Advisor. Most students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch programs will qualify for the Mesa College Promise.

*Note: Students do not need to meet the FAFSA eligibility requirement of a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen in order to be considered for the Promise Program

How does a student apply for the Mesa College Promise program?

  1. Connect with a Mesa College Promise Advisor
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Complete the application process at MCC
  4. Submit the Mesa College Promise Scholarship application
  5. Attend the Mesa Promise Orientation and register for 12 or more credits

Priority is given to students who complete all the above steps by May 1 of their graduating senior year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If a student lives in the City of Mesa but attends a high school in Gilbert, Queen Creek, or another neighboring city, are they still eligible?

Yes, a student must be a resident of the City of Mesa, but may have attended neighboring city high schools, charter, private, or were home schooled.

Are students who complete their GED instead of graduating from high school eligible?

Yes, a City of Mesa resident who earns their GED, is 19 years old or younger, or enrolled in GED programs affiliated with the City of Mesa or one of the public school districts in Mesa may be eligible.

Does a student with DACA status qualify for the Promise Program?

Yes, however the Mesa College Promise only covers the cost of Maricopa County resident tuition. Students who do not qualify for Maricopa County resident tuition will be funded for the amount of Maricopa County resident tuition and may have to pay additional tuition based on their residency status.

What is meant by demonstrated financial need?

Applicants for the Mesa College Promise must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All students who complete the FAFSA receive a student aid report. If the report indicates an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) index of 7,700 or less, OR an Adjusted Gross Family Income of $45,000 or less, the student will be considered for the Mesa College Promise.

Can students defer their enrollment at MCC if they are participating in a mission, internship, or other program that prevents them from immediately enrolling at MCC after high school graduation?

Yes, students can apply for deferred admission. December high school graduates can begin in January or August after high school graduation.

What if a student can’t enroll full time (12 or more credit hours) or finish in two years?

Each student's academic advisor will work with the student to develop a personalized education plan. Less than full-time enrollment or an extension of the program beyond two years may be approved under special circumstances, when it is in the best interest of the student. Funding past two years, or eight semesters, depends on available scholarship funds.

What are the requirements for continued participation in the Mesa College Promise?
  1. Meet with an MCC Academic Advisor each semester to plan for courses and connect to resources
  2. Enroll in 12 or more credit hours (approximately four classes) in a Financial Aid eligible program each semester
  3. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress: 2.0 GPA and completion of 60% of attempted courses
  4. Complete the FAFSA renewal process each year
  5. Maintain good standing with MCC Code of Conduct
  6. Maintain continuous enrollment (unless a leave of absence is pre-approved)

Partnership

The Mesa College Promise is a public-private partnership with funding coming from the City of Mesa and Mesa businesses and philanthropists. Funds raised will be administered through the Maricopa County Community College District Foundation.

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