Stop by the Ask-an- Ambassador desk in the 3C for drop-in assistance with admission and enrollment processing.
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 who have not previously attended AWC can get started with our First Steps guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.