Welcome to Estrella Mountain Community College! We are excited you have decided to join the EMCC Pride.
The following steps were developed to help you easily navigate the enrollment process. By completing these steps, you are increasing your chances of reaching your educational goals. Feel free to schedule an appointment to visit our Welcome Center in Komatke Hall at EMCC Avondale, visit EMCC's Buckeye location, or call 623-935-8888 at any point in the process if you have questions.
For veterans and active duty service members, see the Veterans and active duty enrollment steps.
Step 1: Get Admitted
You can submit an online application by going to admissions.maricopa.edu.
Here you will:
- Create your Maricopa Enterprise ID (also known as MEID)
- Complete the admission application by adding your personal information
- Submit proof of your identification
You can also apply for admission in-person. Simply schedule an appointment to bring a printed copy of the Student Admissions Application (English version | Spanish version) to the Admissions and Records office.
Step 2: Determine Placement
We now use multiple placement options to determine college course placement for students. Students planning to take English, reading, and/or math will be advised to register for the appropriate course(s) within the first two years of enrollment based on District-approved placement methods.
Placement with a High School Transcript
If an official high school transcript is required for financial aid or a program application, you must have the official transcript sent directly from your high school to the Admissions and Records office. Please note: Hand-carry official transcripts, even if sealed, are not accepted. Visit our Transcripts page to learn more.
If you have attended high school within the past 10 years and have completed at least two years of high school with a 2.6 GPA or better, you can submit your high school transcripts for placement.
Placement with an ACT Score
Submit your ACT scores online through the Maricopa Community Colleges Electronic Forms system or request your ACT scores be sent to the Testing Services office within five years of taking the test. For placement purposes, you may also bring your score report to EMCC Testing (Komatke B, room 106). For more information on how to request your scores, visit the ACT website.
Placement with an SAT Score
Submit your SAT scores online through the Maricopa Community Colleges Electronic Forms system or request your SAT scores be sent to the Testing Services office within five years of taking the test. For placement purposes, you may also bring your score report to EMCC Testing (Komatke B, room 106) For more information on how to request your scores, visit the SAT website.
Placement with a GED Score
Submit your GED scores online through the Maricopa Community Colleges Electronic Forms system or request your GED scores be sent to the Testing Services office within five years of taking the test. For placement purposes, you may also bring your score report to EMCC Testing (Komatke B, room 106) For more information on how to make this request, visit the GED website.
Placement with a Placement Test
If the placement options above don't apply to you, you can take a placement test. These tests are not admissions tests, but rather a way to determine your best options for reading, English, and math classes.
You will need to take a placement test if any of the following are true:
- You are currently a high school freshman or sophomore
- Your cumulative high school GPA is below a 2.6 AND you do not have an eligible ACT score, SAT score, or GED score
- Your high school transcripts are older than 10 years
- You want to place in a higher level of English, math, or reading
- Your high school transcripts are from outside the United States
Feel free to schedule an appointment. We also offer proctored testing for out-of-state students. Please allow 24 hours for your results to be updated in your academic file.
Once you receive your test scores, you will review them with an academic advisor and decide together which English, math, and reading courses offer you the best path for academic success.
English and Math placement scores will be valid for two years. Reading placement test scores that indicate "Exempt from CRE101" do not expire.
You can find more information and practice tests to help you prepare for your placement test by visiting our Testing Services page.
Step 3: Get Enrolled
Attend the Required Orientation Advisement and Registration (ROAR) session
Required Orientation Advisement and Registration (ROAR) sessions last approximately 3 hours and are available on a regular basis.
- View the ROAR schedule and plan to attend your session.
- Your ROAR session will include an advisement session to help you prepare for your first semester at EMCC. At the end of this session, you will be registered in your first semester of classes.
- During your advisement session, you can ask your advisor about our College Success classes, degree and certificate offerings, transfer options, and the many resources and services we offer to help you reach your educational goals.
- It is a good idea to meet with an advisor every semester prior to class registration to make sure you are staying on track.
Complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- The FAFSA is required if you want to apply for financial aid or scholarships.
- To complete your FAFSA online, go to fafsa.gov.
- Review the five steps for Financial Aid to monitor the status of your application.
Register for Classes
- It is a good idea to register for classes as early as possible. This helps ensure you have the best schedule, it maximizes your financial aid options, and it helps you prepare for a successful semester.
- Your tuition and fees due dates vary based on when you register. Be sure to double-check your due dates if you are not paying in full at the time of registration.
Step 4: Pay Tuition and Fees
Tuition is charged per academic credit hour based on your residency status (whether you are a resident of Maricopa County or you live outside the county). Fees may vary based on the courses you take, but they will be assessed at the time of registration.
You can pay your tuition and fees with cash, a credit or debit card, or with a checking or savings account.
If you do not pay the balance of your tuition and fees on time, you may risk being dropped from your classes. To check the due date of your tuition and fees, go to your Online Student Center.
You Have Four Easy Ways to Pay Tuition and Fees
- Make online payments using your Online Student Center, where you can use any of the four major credit cards to make your payment.
- Schedule an appointment to make a payment in person at Student Business Services using cash, credit card, or a check.
- Enroll in a monthly payment plan (Nelnet Business Solutions).
- Use financial aid funds such as scholarships, grants, and loans. They will apply to the balance of your tuition and fees automatically when awarded.
Once we have received your FAFSA information, we will use that information to determine whether you are eligible for financial aid. All financial aid starts with creating an FSA ID and completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete your FAFSA online, go to fafsa.gov. Review the five steps for Financial Aid to monitor the status of your application.
Estrella Mountain Community College offers many need-based and merit-based scholarships. Visit our Scholarships page to learn the ins and outs of scholarships, including how to find them and how to apply.
VA Education Benefits
Students using VA education benefits need to go to the Veterans Services Center after adding classes. The Center will be able to secure your classes and have them certified to ensure you receive your benefits. For more information, see the Veterans Services page.
If you plan to cover a portion of your tuition and fees out of pocket, you may want to enroll in a payment plan. By signing up for a payment plan, you secure your seat in your class and can make smaller monthly payments toward your tuition rather than paying all up front. All payment plans require an immediate down payment. The earlier you sign up, the lower your required down payment! Visit our Payment Plans page to learn more.