Saturday, June 26, 2010

Coming July 2010: The New Maricopa Student Refund Program

Beginning in July 2010, Maricopa Community College students will have two new options for receiving student refunds: direct deposit to an existing bank account or a Visa® prepaid debit card. Even though you may still choose to receive a paper check, we are encouraging all students to take advantage of the many benefits of selecting direct deposit or the Visa prepaid debit card.  Log on to for details regarding the advantages of “going paperless” with these two new fast and convenient payment options.

If you are entitled to a refund, you will receive a notice in your Maricopa Gmail™ account providing you with directions on how to enroll in the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP).    The first notices are scheduled to be sent to students on or about July 8, 2010.  

Please note that prepaid debit cards and paper checks will be mailed to the address on record in your Student Center located at   Be sure to update your mailing address in the Student Center to ensure timely receipt of payments.  

Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP) Prepaid Card Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Overview What is the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP) Prepaid Card? Students eligible to receive a financial aid refund may receive payments on an MSRP Prepaid Card. This is not a credit card. It is a prepaid Visa®    card accepted at any store or ATM where Visa debit is accepted. Student payments will be automatically deposited to the card and can be used immediately.
  2. Why the card? The MSRP Prepaid Card is faster, safer and more flexible than checks. Payments are loaded electronically and can be used immediately. That means no more trips to the bank or check cashing fees, and it doesn’t require a bank account. And because it’s a prepaid card, it doesn’t affect your credit.
  3. How do I enroll? Eligible students will receive an email with easy steps for enrolling. Students will need to opt in to receive the card and verify a mailing address.
  4. Using the Card Where can I use my card? Your card works much like other prepaid or debit cards. Use it wherever Visa is accepted – online, over the phone, at grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores, restaurants, medical offices, on campus, etc. You may even purchase textbooks.
  5. Is the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP) Prepaid card a credit card? No. It is a prepaid Visa card. It can only be used up to the available balance, and it does not affect your credit.
  6. Fees Are there fees at ATMs? There is NO fee when getting cash at any Citibank network ATM. There is a $3.00 per withdrawal fee when used at ATMs outside the Citibank network. Depending upon the non-Citi ATM machine used, the ATM provider may impose charges for your transaction that are in addition to the ATM Fees listed above. To find the Citibank network ATM nearest you, go to:
  7. Are there fees when making purchases? There are no fees when making ‘CREDIT’ purchases wherever Visa debit is accepted. There is a $0.50 fee if you choose ‘DEBIT.’ If you do not have sufficient funds when making a purchase and your purchase is declined, there is a $1.50 fee per decline.
  8. Can I use this card to pay tuition fees? Yes. There is no cost to use the card to pay tuition fees.
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  9. Who can I contact if I have enrolled but not received my card?
    If you have not received your card within 5 business days of enrolling please contact the toll-free 24/7 multilingual Customer Support team at 866-326-8689 or

Saturday, June 19, 2010

PC Employment Opportunity: Part-Time/Temporary Library Assistant

Employment Opportunity: Part Time, Temporary Library Assistant
Phoenix College

Part-time, Temporary
Start date: August 9, 2010
Deadline for applications:  Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Job Summary
Provide varied customer and technical service tasks at the paraprofessional level in a library. Assist library users at multiple service desks. Candidate should have excellent customer service and communication skills and enjoy working with the public.

Duties Include:
•    Provide customer service – title lookup, answer phones, material check out and renewal, borrower record maintenance, fine payment, study room booking, assist users with computers, software, printing, email accounts, online class access.
•    Assist staff with material processing, shelving, and other miscellaneous duties, both independently and under the direction of a supervisor.
•   Other similar duties and assignments.

Knowledge and Skills Desired
•    Good computer skills
•    Customer service skills
•    Ability to follow written and verbal directions
•    Maintain professional attitude
•    Ability to communicate policies and procedures

Desired Experience
•    Experience working with an online integrated library system
•    Experience providing customer service
•    Experience working in a library/lab setting
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

(24 Hours Weekly)
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Hourly Wage
$12.50 per hour
Not benefits eligible

Please email resume with professional references to:

Linda Frakes
Supervisor Library Access Services
Phoenix College

Applicant will be contacted if being considered for an interview.

Note:   If you are a full-time employee within the Maricopa County Community College District you are ineligible to apply for this position.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Partnership Allows PC Students to Save Money on Tuition at ASU

A partnership program between the Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University can potentially save community college students thousands of dollars in tuition throughout their education.  Students attending one of the Maricopa Community Colleges who sign up for the Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) are able to take part in a cost-saving incentive at ASU called the Tuition Commitment Program that provides predictable increases of no more than 5% on tuition during completion of their bachelor’s degree at ASU.

Dr. Maria Hesse, Vice Provost for Transfer Partnerships at Arizona State University, states, “Students have so many financial pressures these days.  It is wonderful to see ASU and the Maricopa Community Colleges working closely together to provide seamless and cost-effective transfer programs for students.”

The Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is an excellent option for students who are decided on a major and plan to transfer to ASU to earn a bachelor’s degree. This program includes the specific coursework that allows students attending one of the Maricopa Community Colleges to transfer to ASU without loss of credit. Along the pathway, students will earn an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and a transfer associate’s degree. MAPPs are available for 50 of the most popular majors at ASU.
"We are encouraging students to consider a MAPP because of the many benefits the program provides,“ said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs with the Maricopa Community Colleges.  "MAPPs are the most efficient pathway to an ASU bachelor's degree, saving students both time and money.”

To get started, students should visit and click on “Getting Started on a MAPP.” For more information contact your Academic Advisor at Phoenix College.
In addition to the Tuition Commitment, Maricopa students that participate in the MAPP are also eligible for the Alliance Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to Maricopa Community College students who have completed an associate’s degree with a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

UPS to Recruit On Campus

Looking for a job? UPS will be recruiting on the PC campus on Monday, June 7th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Hannelly Center hallway. For more information, contact Career Services at 602.285.7420.