Consumer Information for Veterans and Active Duty

At Maricopa Community Colleges, we strive to support your educational goals and help you make the most of your GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance education benefits.

If you are interested in becoming a student, or are a current student, and need to enroll, you can access those sites below.

Veteran and active duty responsibilities

Processing Time
Normal processing time for the Veterans Administration is eight to ten weeks from the date you complete your pay request at the Veterans Services Office.

Short Term Classes
Classes less than the normal 16 weeks affect your monthly benefit rate. Consult your Veterans Services Office.

Tuition Deferments
Students may apply for a tuition deferment at the Veterans Services Office.

Every veteran is responsible to notify the Veterans Services Office of any change in your schedule or amount of credit hours that you are enrolled.

Concurrent Enrollment
You are concurrently enrolled when you are attending more than one college.

Parent College
The college from which you intend to graduate.

Supplemental College
A college where you are taking courses, but do not intend to get your degree.

Your Responsibility
Notify each college Veterans Services Office, and let them know if they are the parent or supplemental school.

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Planning tool to evaluate different options when selecting a college.

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Provides college-specific information to include tuition and fees, graduation rates, etc.

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Provides information about the costs and financial aid associated with attending college.

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Allows you to review and compare financial info and review financial aid award info.



In addition to the resources listed above, there are many benefits available to active duty and veterans students.


Policies / Disclosures

Maricopa Community Colleges provides detailed policy and disclosure information for veterans and active duty students in the Student section of its Administrative Regulations.



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Tuition Cost Chart

See a complete list of this year's tuition rates for Maricopa Community Colleges.

Estimated total cost of the course that includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, and any other additional costs

The Net Price Calculator is a tool designed to estimate what your tuition, fees, and other student expenses may be associated with attending any of the Maricopa Community Colleges on an annual basis. Please visit the Net Price Calculator (hyperlink to https://www.maricopa.edu/students/tuition-payment-information/net-price-calculators )to find out more information about estimated costs of attendance.

Students new to the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) need to establish residency, citizenship, or lawful status. Students are charged a different tuition rate depending on what classification they fall under. Please visit the MCCCD Residency and Lawful Presence page for more information to help you determine what documentation is needed to satisfy these requirements.

Estimated cost of living expenses

For an estimate of living expenses during attendance, please visit the Net Price Calculator (hyperlink to https://www.maricopa.edu/students/tuition-payment-information/net-price-calculators ).

Amount of costs above that are covered by VA Education Benefits

The current calculation for VA education benefits outlined below are based on full-time resident enrollment in undergraduate programs within the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information. Please review the VA Education and Training Rate Tables or contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 for information provided by the VA.

Benefit Stipend (per full month) Annual Book Stipend Notes
*Chapter 33 $1805.00 $1000.00 Post-9/11 GI Bill®
Chapter 30 $2150.00 N/A Montgomery GI Bill® (Active Duty)
Chapter 35 $1298.00 N/A Dependents Educational Assistance
Chapter 1606 $407.00 N/A Montgomery GI Bill® (Selected Reserve)
*Chapter 31 $1805.00 Full Cost Veteran Readiness and Employment

* Chapter 33 and 31 students pursuing only online courses within a term are eligible for a monthly stipend ½ the national average.

VA education benefits are limited to a monthly stipend and/or payment of in-state tuition and mandatory fees to the institution. Benefits only pay stipends for the months of school attendance reported and these payments are prorated for partial (beginning and ending) months.

A beneficiary attending school full-time for the approximated 8 months of the fall and spring semesters will earn approximately that many months of stipend benefit. Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 benefits offer differing ways in providing funding for books and supplies. Chapter 33 will issue a book stipend prior to each term based on enrollment status up to $1,000 per year while Chapter 31 provides all funding for books and supplies. Other benefits such as Chapter 30, 35, and 1606 provide no assistance with books and supplies.

For further information regarding your specific federal benefit, you may visit the VA Education and Training website (hyperlink to https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp ). VA education benefits provide a monthly stipend dependent on rate of pursuit and benefit type. These stipends are based on current data and can fluctuate by region.

Other types of Federal financial aid, not administered by VA offered by the institution, that the individual may be qualified to receive

Did you know you can get help paying your tuition and fees? Many Maricopa students receive some type of financial aid and generally use a blend of resources to help fund their education.

Maricopa Community Colleges offers a wide variety of financial assistance programs, and the financial services staff is here to help you sort through all of the information so you can make financially responsible decisions. To find out how to apply and what types of financial aid assistance you may be eligible to receive, please visit the pages below:

Estimated amount of student loan debt the individual would have upon graduation

For information regarding average student loan debt upon graduation, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics (hyperlink to https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=900 )

Information regarding graduation rates

Each of the Maricopa Community Colleges provides a lot of statistical information on its college website. On every College’s Consumer Information page, you can find data about that College’s

  • Completion or graduation rates of certificate- or degree-seeking full-time students
  • Student body diversity, including the percentages of full-time students who are male, female, Pell Grant recipients, and members of a major racial or ethnic group; and
  • Retention rates of certificate- or degree-seeking, first-time, full-time students.

Here is where you can find the Consumer Information pages for each of the Maricopa Community Colleges: https://district.maricopa.edu/consumer-information/facts-figures

For detailed information on institutional information, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics (hyperlink to https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=rio+salado+college&s=all&id=105668#retgrad ).

Information regarding job-placement rates for graduates if unavailable

**NOTE: MCCCD does not currently track job-placement rates, but we will report this if the institutions start this process.

Information regarding the acceptance of transfer credits including military credits

A student enrolling at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges after having attended other post-secondary institutions can have coursework evaluated for transfer credit. To be eligible for evaluation, coursework must appear on official transcripts from the source institutions. The official transcripts must be mailed or sent through an approved electronic transfer method directly from the source institutions to the Admissions and Records/Enrollment Services Office of the receiving institutions. Hand-carried and emailed transcripts cannot be accepted for an official evaluation. Students should allow approximately 10 days before confirming with your Maricopa Community College that the transcript(s) was received. The Admissions and Records/Enrollment Services Office at the receiving institutions will complete course-by-course evaluations for all submitted transcripts upon student request. The award of transfer credit shall not express or imply that all transfer credit will be fully accepted or applied toward all Maricopa Associate’s degree and certificate requirements.

  • At MCCCD many transfer credits are accepted, however, not all transfer credits will apply to the degree program you choose.
  • Credits transferred from outside of MCCCD graded on a plus/minus grading scale are converted based on the grading scale of the transferring institution. Only courses with a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale)or better are transferable. Course credit below 100 level, earned at an MCCCD institution prior to August 2020 or at a sending institution, cannot be used to calculate grade level.
  • Developmental coursework below 100-level is accepted for the purpose of fulfilling course prerequisites. However, the credit does not apply toward a degree or certificate, and it does not transfer to another postsecondary institution. It does, however, get added to the transfer credit report as part of the evaluation.
  • Courses with different credit systems (quarter hours, units) are converted to semester hours of credit. The semester conversion of quarter credits is at a rate of .67 semester credit hours for each quarter hour.
  • The age of credit may be considered in applying credit toward degrees and certificate programs.
  • The Joint Service Transcript (JST) is the official transcript for Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard personnel. It validates and documents the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended college credits for professional military education, training courses and occupational experience of service members and veterans. Many military students can receive transfer credit from their JST.
  • Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcripts show courses/training provided through the Air Force. Many courses from CCAF transfer to MCCCD.
  • You may receive college transfer credit for credits earned through exams like the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general and subject examinations, as well as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST exams).
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit may be applied toward a degree program, certificate, general education requirements, concentration, and general electives that count toward the student’s elected pathway.Some restrictions may apply depending on the specific program of study.

If pursuing a transfer degree (AA, ABUS, AS, AAEE, AAFA, or Articulated Academic Degree Program), transfer credit and PLA will be granted for the purpose of satisfying Maricopa graduation requirements. Because credits may not transfer to all colleges or universities, contact your transferring institution to determine their transfer credit and PLA requirements and policies.

Any additional requirements including training, experience, or examinations that are required to obtain a license, certification, or approval for which the course of education prepares the individual

You can find links on the consumer information page of each Maricopa College to obtain information regarding that College's academic offerings. There, you can access information about the College's academic program, including current degree and certificate programs, physical plant facilities, faculty and other instructional personnel, and any plans the school has for improving its academic program.

Each Maricopa College is individually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In addition, many of the programs offered at each College are separately accredited, licensed or approved by other accrediting agencies. You can find additional information about accreditation, approval or licensure of the College and its programs at the College's consumer information page. https://district.maricopa.edu/consumer-information/academics

Out of State Professional Licensure Disclosures

Rio Salado College

Mesa Community College

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government.