With college tuition rapidly increasing and college debt skyrocketing, attending a community college may be a better way to get started toward a degree.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the average annual cost of tuition in the 2018-2019 school year was $9,716 for state residents at public colleges versus $3,660 for in-state students at community colleges.
Maricopa County Community Colleges offer affordable tuition at $85 per credit hour for a high-quality education you can afford. The ten colleges spanning Maricopa County also provide world-class faculty, small class sizes, and innovative programs to support your success.
Students can get workforce training with a certificate of completion program, a two-year associates degree, or get a head start on a four-year bachelor’s degree. The transfer pathway helps students who meet program requirements make a smooth transition to one of Arizona’s state universities.
Campus experiences can include performing arts, athletics programs, and extracurricular clubs that appeal to a variety of interests. Extracurricular activities give students a chance to learn skills, build their resume, meet new people, have fun, and maybe even make an impact.
Three of the colleges closest to Fountain Hills include:
- Scottsdale Community College: As the only community college located on tribal land, it offers exceptional Native American support. SCC was named a 2017 military-friendly school in recognition of its success in retention, graduation, and job placement for veterans. The school also offers unique studies in equine science and a well-recognized film school.
- Mesa Community College: MCC is one of the largest transfer providers to ASU. Among its 200 degree and certificate programs, it also offers special programs in agribusiness, mortuary science, and urban horticulture. They have a state-of-the-art planetarium for their astronomy program and their Red Mountain Campus has created a wetland as a teaching lab and refuge for endangered plants and animals.
- Rio Salado Community College: With satellite campuses around the Valley and a main campus in Tempe, RSCC specializes in adult re-entry programs and offers an exceptional School of Dental Hygiene.
Four of the ten Maricopa County Colleges ranked in the College Choice Top 50 Best Community Colleges, including Scottsdale Community College. SCC earned its place for preparing students in dominant workforce fields that do not require four-year degrees.
For more information, visit https://www.maricopa.edu/.