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The Maricopa Community Colleges to Invest Millions to Help Students Stay on Track

TEMPE, AZ, June 10, 2020 — Last night, June 9, 2020, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Governing Board voted on measures designed to ease the financial burden on students and families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Maricopa Community Colleges will invest $13.5M for additional FAFSA-based Student Scholarship Grants for credit and clock hour students, which includes last dollar grants for partial-Pell-eligible students and up to $400 grants for non-Pell-eligible students.

The Board also approved a 'Flat Rate Full-Time' for students taking more than 12 credit hours. Students registering for more than 12 credits per term will receive the discounted Full-Time Flat-Rate Tuition. Students do not have to preselect this plan, but will be automatically enrolled once the 12-credit per term threshold has been reached.

Students who recently moved to Maricopa County with a local permanent address will receive the in-state tuition rate for up to 6 hours. For additional hours, these students will then be charged at current applicable out-of-state rate.

"Accessible higher education is not a new issue, and the coronavirus has only raised the profile of this deepening problem. Providing our students these additional funds will ease some of the financial burden our students are facing as a result of COVID-19." said Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, Interim Chancellor. "We will continue to create better opportunities for all students and assist them in identifying careers and degree opportunities that help rebuild Arizona’s economy. No matter your background, race, or socioeconomic status, you are welcome to pursue a degree at one of our Colleges."

Affordable tuition and fees are one of the most important decision-making factors for students. Students are able to save tens of thousands of dollars by starting at a Maricopa Community College. Maricopa transfer pathways and partnerships with public and private colleges and universities allow students who could not otherwise afford a college education the opportunity to gain a four-year degree. Additionally, Eligible students can also apply for federal financial aid and thousands of scholarships through the MCCCD Foundation.

The Maricopa Community Colleges make a difference in students' lives, offering them a high return on their investment. To learn more information about the Maricopa Community Colleges, please visit our website.

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Media Contact: Dasi Danzig, 480-268-6766, dasi.danzig@domail.maricopa.edu

About the Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.

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