Maricopa Tuition Assistance Grant

Now available

The 2023-2024 Maricopa Grant Applications for Tuition Assistance are now available.

The Maricopa Grant Program is offered to eligible Arizona high school students attending Maricopa Community Colleges in Dual or Concurrent Enrollment courses. It is a form of tuition assistance available to those students who demonstrate financial need. Proof of financial need does not guarantee funding. Awarding of the Maricopa Grant is based on the availability of funds.

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services 2022 Poverty Guidelines Financial Need Indicated at 200% of Guideline
Persons in Family Poverty Guideline 200%
1 $14,580 $29,160
2 $19,720 $39,440
3 $24,860 $49,720
4 $30,000 $60,000
5 $35,140 $70,280
6 $40,280 $80,560
7 $45,420 $90,840
8 $50,560 $101,120
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $5,140 for each additional person.
  • Under Arizona state law, a person who is not a United States citizen or who is without lawful immigration status may not receive tuition assistance through the Maricopa Grant Program. Only those with a lawful presence in the US may qualify for Maricopa County Community College District scholarships or federal financial aid. Any information you provide about your legal status when you apply for financial aid or scholarships may be subject to mandatory reporting to federal immigration authorities under AZ law.
  • The Maricopa Grant may be applied toward resident tuition and registration fees in dual and/or concurrent enrollment courses only. Students are responsible for all other fees and charges.
  • The Maricopa Grant may cover a maximum of twelve credit hours per student per year for all Maricopa Community College dual and/or concurrent enrollment courses (number of credits depends on college budget and funding).
  • Students must complete the first semester in which they enroll with a grade of A, B, or C in order to be eligible to receive the Maricopa Grant for the following semester.
  • Withdrawal from a course funded by the Maricopa Grant program after the last date for Official Course Withdrawal will disqualify a student for any future tuition assistance while in high school. A disqualified student may request reconsideration based on extenuating circumstances. The awarding of aid will be at the college’s discretion.

How to Apply

All applications must provide Documentation of Financial Need:

A copy of the 2022 Federal Income Tax Return, or copy of the Tax Return Transcript from the parent or guardians to document household income.
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.

Dual Enrollment

Application Deadline for Spring 2024 is February 9, 2024.

Arizona Dual Enrollment Tuition Assistance Program (AZDETAP)

In the spring of 2023, the Arizona State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1717. This bill provides tuition assistance to high school students who qualify for, or participate in, a Free and Reduced Lunch program or meet equivalent household income levels. The Arizona Dual Enrollment Tuition Assistance Program (AZDETAP) is open to high school students participating in a qualifying dual enrollment course(s), and meet all of the following criteria:

  • 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade high school student
  • Enrolled in a Dual Enrollment Qualifying Course
  • Overall, unweighted high school GPA of 2.5 or greater as demonstrated by a high school transcript
  • Demonstrate financial need (see financial guidelines)
    • Meets Financial Guidelines as demonstrated by one of the following: Qualifying Letter for Free and Reduced Lunch or 2022 Tax Return Transcript

The legislation does limit the amount of tuition assistance each student may receive annually, based on grade level, below are the limitations*:

9th and 10th Grades: $50 per credit hour, but not exceeding $300 for the academic year (up to 6 credits). 9th-grade high school students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher on their high school transcript can move forward with submitting the application.

11th and 12th Grades: $50 per credit hour, not to exceed $600 for the academic year (up to 12 credits)

*Tuition assistance will be calculated on a per-student basis and enrollment at multiple colleges will not change the overall awarding.

To begin the application process, please gather the following documents to be uploaded during the application process:

  • High school transcripts, with unweighted GPA listed
  • Letter listing student as a qualified participant in an active Free and Reduced Lunch Program or 2022 Tax Return Transcript with high school student’s name listed

Apply for AZDETAP

The deadline to apply is February 12, 2024.