College Orientation Families and Advocates


The COFA website is directed to a student’s family member and/or advocate…it is not for students. Here information is provided to assist in how you can most productively support your student, their education as well as learning more about EMCC.

Kristina Scott, Dean of Students - Retention

To begin on your learning path, click directly on the topics below or scroll down and read through each topic individually. Feel free to move around as you wish to learn about the topics that most interest you.



The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. Educational records include: grades, tuition and fees assessment, financial aid and other student record info. As family, you may have the right to review your student's education records and to request changes under limited circumstances. Please click on the links below for more information.



The purpose of the Required Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (ROAR) session is to help new students maximize their potential and successfully manage their college experience! ROAR outlines campus resources available and introduces new students to their student success team, who provide a class schedule to be used to register for first-semester classes.

In ROAR, students are asked to identify a Field of Interest (FOI). Fields of Interest are degrees and certificates that share similar areas of study, allowing a student to identify their skills and interests to find a career path that’s best suits them. There are 9 different FOIs to choose from. Encourage your student to start exploring! Please click on the links below for more information.

For any additional questions, reach out to:

The College Transition

The College Transition

Please click on the letter below to learn about what to expect as your student transitions to college.

Academic Advising

EMCC Academic Advisors are dedicated to empowering students to navigate academic pathways towards success. As family and advocates, Advisors want your support regarding how we can best help your student. Please click on the video to learn about Academic Advising.

Please click on the link below for more information.

  • EMCC Advising Syllabus
Academic Success

Academic Success

Encourage your student to utilize EMCC’s Tutoring services. Due to COVID-19, the Academic Success Center will offer remote ( see a tutor face-to-face by use of online web conferencing) drop-in tutoring services for the following tutoring subcenters:

  • Math Success
  • Science Success
  • Writing Success
  • Reading, Languages, and Occupational (RLO) Success

For more information, click Tutoring

Title V provides educational support through PALS (Personal Allies for Learning Success). PALS are students themselves who come from diverse backgrounds and many are the first in their family to attend college. They have experienced similar challenges to those your student may be going through and can share what they did to overcome them and create success at EMCC. For more information, click Meet Your PALS

Worried about your student's transition to college? We have a class for that! Our Strategies for College Success courses are taught by our highly trained College Counselors. These are some of the topics they cover:

  • College resource
  • Education and career planning
  • Time management, goal setting, and organization
  • Study skills
  • Personal Development

Paying for College

Financial Aid

FAFSA is an application for federal student aid. This can assist your student in paying for college through federal grants, loans or work-study jobs. Please click on the link below for more information.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at EMCC enhances the academic experiences of students through intellectual challenges that promote critical thinking, effective communication, integrity and preparing for future success both academically and professionally. Additionally, the Honors Program provides funding opportunities to help students pay for college. 
The two types of scholars that receive funding are called: Presidents' Honors and Honors Achievement. Please contact the Honors Program for more info on the applications and deadlines.  Please click on the links below for more information.


Scholarships are yet another vehicle in helping pay for college and are available for students to apply for!  To see the scholarships offered and their deadlines, please click on the links below.

The Veterans Services Center has different education benefits for: Military/Veteran Dependents, Veterans, Active Duty Military Members and Reserve and National Guard Military Members.  Please click on the link below for more information.

Paying for College

Tuition Payment Options

Be sure to check out "Paying for College" for assistance to help cover college costs!
If you are covering the costs of your student's tuition, we accept any way you would like to pay: by phone, online, check, cash, credit-card etc. Please click on the link below for more information.


Located inside Komatke Hall of Estrella Mountain Community College, Veterans Services Center's mission is to help military members, veterans, and dependent students take advantage of the numerous educational opportunities by connecting them to their VA Education Benefits and any support services necessary for their academic, professional,  and personal success.

Veterans Services Center is here to help:

  • Military/Veteran Dependents
  • Veterans
  • Active Duty Military Members
  • Reserve and National Guard Military Members

Veterans Services Center assists students with: Registration for classes, connection to scholarship opportunities, degree options exploration, access and utilization of VA Education Benefits, utilization of Military Tuition Assistance, utilization of MyCAA Program for Military Spouse Career Advancement, deferment of tuition and many other accommodations.


The Counseling Services faculty are available to help students who wish to improve the quality of their academic and personal lives. They provide the following free services:

  • Brief, solution-focused support
  • Focus on holistic wellbeing
  • Non-cognitive skills development
  • Present and future decision-making
  • Mentoring, coaching, guidance
  • Goal setting and time management
  • Career counseling
  • Academic/educational counseling
  • Crisis management

Please click on the link below for more information.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Maricopa Community Colleges is committed to the academic success of our students, and we understand that basic needs have a direct impact on the well-being and success of our students. Basic needs can include food, housing, transportation, wellness, and other important services. Counselors can also connect you to these resources.

The EMCC Student Food Pantry, located in the Student Union, is available to service current EMCC students in need. Students can utilize the food pantry twice per week, and select two food items per visit.

The Lion Exchange provides gently used clothing at no cost for EMCC students.  Current EMCC students can use the Exchange twice per month, and take 4 clothing items each visit. Students are encouraged to donate clothing during each trip, however it is not a requirement. To use the Lion's Exchange, EMCC students can stop in at the front desk in the Student Union, or go to Once you submit your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions.

Clothing Donation: All clothing must be clean, and lightly worn. All undergarments, such as socks and underwear, need to be new and packaged.  Please click on the link below for more information.

The Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) child care assistance award program is a program designed to supplement the costs of childcare for students attending Estrella Mountain. Students must use a third party child care provider that is licensed/certified by the Department of Economic Security or Arizona Department of Health Services. 
The Award will supplement the cost of child care for children from birth – 6 years of age. The child care assistance award program is only a supplement and does not pay for child care costs in its entirety. Students are responsible for selecting and paying their licensed provider. EMCC does not endorse any child care providers and does not assume liability for any actions of the providers.  Please click on the link below for more information.

MCCCD Trip Reduction (TR) Program will pay 50% of the monthly cost of a full-fare Transit Pass for employees or students. Students and employees must fill out the Transit Subsidy Form, and submit to their campus TR Site Coordinator and/or designee. Transit passes may be purchased from your campus bookstores. 
This program is for the sole use of MCCCD employees and full-time driving age students (fulltime; 12 credit hours equivalent to qualify) and may not be given to or purchased for any other person. The primary use of the transit pass is for commuting to an MCCCD location. Any violation or misuse of the transit subsidy program will result in the loss of privileges.  Please click on the link below for more information.



The Maricopa Community Colleges care about your well-being and are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and community.

Below you will find links for: Student Guidelines, FAQs, communication that has been sent to students and how to report when you have been exposed.

The Maricopa County Community Colleges District (MCCCD) Police Department is a law enforcement agency that operates on site, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. College Police personnel assigned to Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) are always available on campus every day, to provide assistance or information, either in person or by phone.

We recommend having your student sign up for:

  • Maricopa Emergency Management System (MEMS)-MEMS Alerts are issued in the event of an emergency that affects, or has the potential to affect, the safety of people and property.
  • Rave Guardian App-personal safety app that helps higher education institutions, businesses and healthcare organizations connect and engage with their communities wherever they are.

Please click on the links below for more information.



A Community in Good Hands

Our campus police enjoy good relations with its neighbors, and maintain a highly visible presence at EMCC that provides for the safety of the campus community. Our diverse group of on-campus officers provide assistance, information and safety 24/7. These experienced officers are dedicated to supporting the educational mission of EMCC, and therefore your student. Encourage your student to reach out to our campus police department with any questions or concerns.

Please click the links below for more information:


Join the Pride

Your student is now a part of the EMCC pride! Estrella Mountain Bookstore sells Estrella apparel (T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, fan gear etc) for you to showcase your pride!

Community Education offers flexible and convenient non-credit courses designed to upgrade skills for personal and professional development... or just for fun! We have classes in: 

  • Computers
  • Culinary
  • Health & Wellness
  • Language (Including ESL classes)
  • Music & Art
  • Personal Enrichment
  • Kid's College 

Please click on the link below for more information.

COFA Assessment

COFA Assessment

Please provide us with your feedback on our COFA website, click COFA Assessment