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Maricopa Grant for DE Students

The Maricopa Grant is a form of tuition assistance available to those students who demonstrate financial need and proof of residency. It is offered to eligible Arizona high school students attending Maricopa Community Colleges as a Dual Enrollment student.

  • Priority Deadline: August 27, 2021
  • Final Deadline: September 3, 2021

Proof of financial need does not guarantee funding. Awarding of the Maricopa Grant is based on the availability of funds. A completed application must be submitted once per academic year to the college(s) in which you are enrolling (please note that online applications will be given preference).

If you are interested in applying for the Maricopa Grant, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Be sure that you have been admitted to Estrella Mountain Community College and that you have an MEID, password, and email address. The following video explains the EMCC admission process.


    All information regarding the grant process will be sent to your Maricopa email account. If you were not able to complete the ID verification in the application process, please use the Identification Verification e-form to submit your identification. See our complete list of acceptable identification documents.
  • Step 2: Complete the online Maricopa Grant Application in order to be considered for this grant. Para completar una solicitud en Espanol, has click aqui.

    The following video explains the entire Maricopa Grant application process.

  • Step 3: Check your official Maricopa email regularly after you've submitted your application. Notification of award or denial will be sent to your email after an eligibility evaluation.

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. 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 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 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.


Eligibility Requirements

The Maricopa Grant is only available for students based on the following criteria (choose only one option):

Option 1: Submit an 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
  • AHCCCS

Option 2: Provide documentation of household income using the 2018 or 2019 Federal Income Tax Return, or copy of the 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 2020 Poverty Guidelines
Financial Need Indicated at 200% of Guideline
Persons in Family Poverty Guideline 200%
1 $12,760 $25,520
2 $17,240 $34,480
3 $21,720 $43,440
4 $26,200 $52,400
5 $30,680 $61,360
6 $35,160 $70,320
7 $39,640 $79,280
8 $44,120 $88,240

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,480 for each additional person.