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FAQ: Tuition Assistance

The priority deadline to submit your completed Tuition Assistance application is May 31, 2021. Please note that all applications are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis and there is no guarantee of funding. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, and register for your dual enrollment classes during your first week of high school, but no later than August 20, 2021.

You should receive a decision by email within 3-5 business days. If you are approved for Tuition Assistance, you must be enrolled in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 classes no later than August 21, 2020. Communication is being sent to your Maricopa email address, be sure to check this email inbox for information regarding your tuition assistance.

Yes. If you have submitted any outstanding admissions documents, completed placement testing, or have different eligibility documents to upload, you may resubmit your application. There is no restriction on the number of times you may submit; however, you should only resubmit once your application has been rejected.

Financial documents can be uploaded directly in the application. You may submit a copy of your parent/guardian’s 2020 federal tax form 1040 (no tax extensions considered)


Award letter of household member’s participation in any of the following benefits programs: (Free or Reduced Lunch, Supplemental Social Security, Food Stamps, TANF, WIC or AHCCCS).

Please contact your school or school district office to determine how you may apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch program or if you need a copy of your award letter. You may upload a copy of your award letter in your Tuition Assistance application.

Tempe Union High School District

Students and parents can complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application here.

Paradise Valley Unified School District

Students can obtain a copy of their Free and Reduced Lunch letter  from the previous year by calling 602-449-2274. New applications for the 2020-21 school year will be accepted in July 2020 through their website.

Deer Valley Unified School District

Students may request a copy of their Free and Reduced Lunch letter by contacting the district office at 623.445.5000.

The MARICOPA Grant Program is offered to eligible Arizona high school students attending Maricopa Community College in Dual Enrollment Programs.

Student Recipient must demonstrate "Financial need" by completing the Maricopa Grant Application for Dual Enrollment Students and providing documentation of household income using the most recent year's signed income tax return or copy of Tax Return Transcript from the parent or guardians. Financial need will be indicated if household income falls below 200% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2021 Poverty Guidelines Financial Need Indicated at 200% Guideline

Persons in Family Poverty Guideline 200%
1 $12,880 $25,760
2 $17,420 $34,840
3 $21,960 $43,920
4 $26,500 $53,000
5 $31,040 $62,080
6 $35,580 $71,160
7 $40,120 $80,240
8 $44,660 $89,320
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,540 for each additional person.

You will not be considered for tuition assistance without a complete admissions file and tuition assistance application. If you have been rejected, you must resubmit a new application to be considered.

Currently, placement testing is available through EdReady which can be taken remotely. You can find information about completing the EdReady placement exam here. You will need to complete the Reading test.

You can find the names of your courses by reviewing your school’s course list. Click here to find our list of participating schools. Click on the name of your high school, and then on “Course PDF” which lists the courses at your school that are available for dual credit. Find the name of your course(s) in the first column, and the Rio Course Title, Course ID, and number of credits can be found in the next three columns. Remember, the name of the instructor and period is not important during the application process; the course list is for reference purposes only.

Applications submitted after May 31st will be placed on our waiting list. You will receive an email confirmation letting you know that you are on the waiting list; however, you may contact our office at 480-517-8080 if you have not received an email.