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.

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