Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Admissions Office will be working remotely. Please e-mail or call us with any questions at (928) 317-6084 or admissions@azwestern.edu.

Stop by the Ask-an- Ambassador desk in the 3C for drop-in assistance with admission and enrollment processing. Need help? Contact us! (928) 344-7550

We would love for you to make AWC the place where you begin or continue your educational journey. Take the first step and apply for admission. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Matador family!

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Arizona Western College offers classes and life-long learning opportunities to students in Yuma and La Paz counties and beyond.

New Students

New students who have not previously attended AWC can get started with our First Steps guide.

Returning Students

Returning students who have not taken AWC courses within the past year will need to create an account and reapply for admission. Students who have attended AWC within the past year do not need to reapply and are encouraged to make an appointment with an academic advisor to plan a course of study, and log into Student Planning to plan and register for classes.

High School Students

High school students can take classes for a reduced rate until the age of 18 either as a dual enrollment student earning both high school and college credit in a class taught at their high school, or as a concurrent student, taking classes at the college or online for credit. Students need to create an account and apply for admission. See your high school guidance counselor for information on how you can earn high school credit by taking AWC classes.

Veteran and Military Students

If you are a military active duty, veteran, or dependent, be sure to indicate so on your admission application. Active duty military and their dependents, as well as military veterans who are honorably discharged, are granted in-state tuition. Stop by the Veteran and Military Student Center on the 2nd floor of the College Community Center or visit the Military and Veteran page for more information on services available to our Military and Veteran students and their families.

Transfer Students

Students who have received credit from other institutions and would like those credits transferred to AWC are invited to submit an online request for evaluation of credits. Transfer students requesting evaluation are required to request official transcripts from the prior institution be sent directly to the AWC Transfer Services Office. Visit the Transfer Services area for more information.

International Students

International students should check out our online International Brochure and our International Program to learn more about AWC. Once ready to apply, simply create an account and complete the International Application.

Continuing Education Students

Continuing Education students will find our non-credit, fee-based courses and activities are designed to serve individuals with educational goals that do not require college credit. There is no application requirement. Our schedule of both workforce and personal enrichment offerings can be found here.

Workforce Development and Customized Training

Workforce Development and Customized Training is available to the Yuma and La Paz business community. Not only do we offer standard courses perfect for one employee or an entire team, we will also customize training to meet the needs your department, your company, or your industry.


The most important part of the admission process is determining your residency (domicile). Your residency classification will determine the cost of your tuition. It is important to thoroughly read the application and answer the residency questions as accurately as possible in order to avoid an incorrect residency classification. You will receive notification of your residency classification through your acceptance letter that will be emailed to you after you apply for admission. Please reference the tuition schedule to determine your tuition rate. If you have a unique circumstance or have questions about your residency, call the Admissions & Registration Office at 928-344-7550.

Possible residency assignments are:

In-State – Students who consider Arizona their state of residence and have domiciled in the state for at least one year (requires proof of 12 month residency), OR a student whose parents have been domiciled in this state for at least one year and are entitled to claim the student on state and federal taxes, OR meet other qualifying criteria as outlined in the AWC Catalog.  

  • Students can also be classified as in-state based on the following (documentation will be required):
  • Employer Relocation – the student is an employee of an employer which transferred the student to this state for employment purposes, or the student is the spouse of such employee.
  • Military – the student is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in this state, or is a dependent of a member of the armed forces who is stationed in this state. Students who are honorably discharged from the armed forces are also granted in-state status.
  • Customs and Border Protection – the student is an employee of Customs and Border Protection.
  • Tribal Membership – the student is a member AND resident of an Indian tribe recognized by the US Department of the Interior whose reservation land lies wholly or partially in this state.

Colorado River Educational Compact (California) – The Colorado River Educational Compact program is a partnership that allows students from California to attend AWC without paying out-of-state tuition. The student must be an established resident of California and meet AWC’s admission criteria.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) – Students who are residents of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for the WUE program and pay 150% of in-state tuition plus fees.

Out of State – If you do not meet any of the other categories AND/OR your residency cannot be determined based on your application for admission, you will be classified as Out of State.

Early College Experience - Concurrent Credit

Arizona Western College has created an exciting new tuition rate designed especially for our younger students. Access to college classes helps students still in high school investigate career paths, complement their high school education, and discover their passions. For some students, it’s a chance for them to take control of their future.

Students age 17 and under will pay only $25 a credit hour for classes at Arizona Western College. This is less than one-third of the standard tuition of $82. The cost savings is over $170 for a standard three-credit class.

The college currently has hundreds of highly-motivated, 17-and-under students doing rigorous, college-level work at AWC. We’re hoping that this new tuition rate encourages more of them to stick their toe in the water, whether to work on their general education requirements* -- at a huge discount -- that they can use to transfer to a university, or to explore one of our career-technical pathways that can lead them directly to good-paying employment.

Early College Tuition Facts:
  • This is not a short-term promotion, this is a new tuition rate
  • Available to any student 17 and under at the time of registration
  • Tuition available beginning with Summer 2017 session at AWC
  • • Registration opens for all students at least two months before the next semester (students with previously completed AWC credits may be eligible to register at an earlier date depending on total credits accumulated - check here for registration dates
  • Tuition is $25 per credit hour (or $75 total for a 3-credit course)
  • Standard tuition is $82 per credit hour
    • Students who register after they turn 18 will not be eligible for the $25 rate
    • Students who are dropped for non-payment and re-register after they turn 18 may not be eligible for $25 rate
    • Students who switch classes after their 18th birthday may not be eligible for the $25 rate

*Students must satisfy any designated course pre-requisites to be eligible to enroll. Pre-requisites may be satisfied with sufficient scores on the AWC Placement Test, ACT or SAT test, or previous coursework as outlined in the course catalog.

Underage Students

Students under the age of 18 may apply for admission but will be required to meet with the Advisement Services Office to complete an Underage Student Enrollment Agreement Form prior to registering for classes. Underage students will not be permitted to register for classes online and will need to submit a signed registration form to the Admissions & Registration office. Find out more about your rights as a student in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment is an opportunity for high school students to get a jump start on college. Dual enrollment courses allow students to earn both high school and college credit, at their high school, during regular school hours. The credit earned by these students will go on their individual Arizona Western College (AWC) transcripts and may be transferred to a community college or university upon high school graduation.

Currently over forty different dual enrollment courses are being offered through YUHSD, PUHSD, AUHSD & YCHS. As an institution, we strive to strengthen their high school partnerships and grow our offerings at each campus. The main focus of the program is for AWC to serve high schools and their surrounding communities. As a result students can experience a seamless transfer from their high school to AWC through Dual Enrollment.

Research shows that dual enrollment students are more likely to receive a high school diploma, go into college immediately after high school, get higher degrees or certificates and have a shorter completion rate of the bachelorette degree. Also, it is reported that about 30% of these students are able to earn their associates degree along with their high school diploma.

Students attending the dual enrollment course, at their high school, will pay only $25 a credit hour for classes at Arizona Western College no matter their age. This is less than one-third of the standard tuition of $82. The cost savings is over $170 for a standard three-credit class.

Dual Enrollment classes:
  • Provide quality learning opportunities.
  • Help high school students prepare for college.
  • Students will experience college-level courses and curriculum.
  • All approved curriculum and text has been established and maintained by Arizona Western College.
  • Classes are taught by AWC approved faculty.
  • These challenging courses enhance higher level thinking skills.
  • Provide incentive to advance beyond the high school level.
  • Best of all, transition from high school to college begins early and occurs conveniently in a familiar and comfortable environment.
  • The Arizona Western Dual Enrollment Program serves ten high schools, public and private, across Yuma and La Paz counties.
  • The Dual Enrollment Program has approximately forty courses available to the students.

Note: DUAL enrollment courses allow students to earn both high school and college credit at the same time on their high school campus during the course of their traditional school day. Dual enrollment courses are taught by vetted high school instructors, but are employees of the high school district. Dual enrollment course offerings are subject to the credentials of the staff on the high school campus as well as course availability. CONCURRENT enrollment is the same principle, but courses are taken by students individually at AWC or online and cater to the student’s individual interests.

Underage Students

Students under the age of 18 may apply for admission but will be required to meet with the Advisement Services Office to complete an Underage Student Enrollment Agreement Form prior to registering for classes. Underage students will not be permitted to register for classes online and will need to submit a signed registration form to the Admissions & Registration office.


Contact Info

Phone: (928) 344-7550
Fax: (928) 344-7543
Location: 3C - Top Floor

Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm