Our college district is ready to welcome recent High School graduates as full-time students seeking transfer degrees with a special offer: we’ll help you complete in 5 semesters or less, and when you do, we’ll refund all of your out-of-pocket tuition and fee expenses. 

We have an agreement for La Paz County residents, which started with the high school graduating class of 2019, and we have an agreement for Yuma County residents, which starts with the high school graduating class of 2020. Each agreement is a little different, so read the fine print, and check out our FAQ’s below.

We’re here to help you reach your educational dreams. We’re here to welcome you to the Matador family!

The Promise program directly addresses the college’s ambitious BHAG (Big, Hairy Audacious Goal), a component of the AWC Strategic Plan 2025, of doubling baccalaureate attainment rates in the district.

Sign Up to be a Promise Partner

Attend AWC as a full-time student for consecutive semesters and finish with no out-of-pocket tuition or fees!

Who qualifies:

  • Starting with 2020 High School graduates who finished at any recognized high school in Yuma County (including accredited home school students)
  • Who complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online
  • Who sign a student commitment form to attend full-time*, consecutive semesters
    * Full-time is passing grades in at least 12 credits a semester, or 24 credits a year.
    * Completion of a transfer degree within 5 semesters is required for reimbursement.

How it works:

  1. Graduate from high school in Yuma County
  2. Fill out the FAFSA
  3. Complete a Yuma Promise sign-up form
  4. Attend AWC each semester for up to 5 semesters, taking classes full time (at least 12 credits a semester)
  5. Pay up-front for out-of-pocket tuition and program fees expenses
  6. Upon earning a transfer degree, transfer to a university program in Yuma via one of our 3 state partners: UA-Yuma, NAU-Yuma, or ASU@Yuma, and enroll full-time.
  7. Apply for a refund in full for all out-of-pocket expenses related to tuition and program-related fees

Who qualifies:

  • Starting with 2019 High School graduates who finished at any recognized high school in La Paz County (including accredited home school students)
  • Who complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online
  • Who sign a student commitment form to attend full-time*, consecutive semesters
    * Full-time is passing grades in at least 12 credits a semester, or 24 credits a year.
    * Completion of a transfer degree within 5 semesters is required for reimbursement.

How it works:

  1. Graduate from high school in La Paz County
  2. Fill out the FAFSA
  3. Complete a La Paz Promise sign-up form
  4. Attend AWC each semester for up to 5 semesters, taking classes full time (at least 12 credits a semester)
  5. Pay up-front for out-of-pocket tuition and program fees expenses
  6. Upon earning a transfer degree, apply for a refund in full for all out-of-pocket expenses related to tuition and program-related fees

What this program does not cover:

  • College-related expenses that are NOT tuition and fees (like textbooks)
  • Living or transportation expenses

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the Promise program is only available to high school graduates starting with the class of 2019 in La Paz County and the class of 2020 in Yuma County.

The Promise program is designed specifically to encourage our students to attend full-time. We know that statistically FT students have more success and more chance of completion than our PT students, so this is designed to encourage that behavior. AWC offers classes during the winter and summer, and as long as you complete 24 credits in a year, you qualify. That could look like 9 credits in the fall, 3 in winter, 9 in spring and 3 in summer. Although we’d really like you to enroll and pass 12 credits every semester.

No, the Promise Program is designed to reimburse you upon completion of all required steps of the program. For the La Paz Promise, that’s completing an Associate’s Degree in 5 semesters (or less). For the Yuma Promise, that’s completing an Associate’s Degree in 5 semesters (or less) AND enrolling full-time at one of our state University partners right here in Yuma County: NAU-Yuma, UA-Yuma or ASU @ Yuma. Because it’s a reimbursement, it’s not considered a scholarship.

You absolutely can live in the dorms, but the Promise Program doesn’t cover living or food expenses. It also does not cover equipment or books.

Yes! Please complete the Student Commitment form on the web site and indicate your homeschool status.

Just like any hardship, our Business Office will take your situation into consideration.

The Promise Program will only reimburse you for one Associate’s Degree at AWC, but a few extra classes are understandable, especially for students who are still deciding what to major in. Please remember, though, you have to complete in no more than 5 semesters.

Contact Info

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

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