Welcome to the KEYS Program
TRIO Student Support Services

Our mission is to retain, graduate, and/or transfer students, who are historically under-represented in higher education, to four-year universities in good academic standing.


Often it takes only a little extra help to make your college experience more successful. The KEYS staff can help you identify new ways to get the most out of your classes or improve your current study habits. We can also assist students in identifying opportunities and resources available at AWC, in the community, and at other colleges and universities that will aid you in meeting educational and career goals.

If you are having trouble meeting the requirements of college classes, or are not satisfied with the grades you are earning, we may be able to help you. The staff cares and wants to help you realize your full potential.

More about TRIO KEYS Programs

The TRIO KEYS Program at Arizona Western College is a federally grant-funded program that serves approximately 240 students each school year. The KEYS Program assists students in earning their associate degrees by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports including comprehensive and personalized advisement, career counseling, tutoring, peer mentoring, graduation and transfer guidance, and financial aid and scholarship assistance – All in one convenient location!

We work toward our mission with support services provided by our committed staff who are personable and empathetic to student needs and who believe in the power of education. Program participants are provided with necessary guidance, encouragement, tools and resources to take ownership of their educational goals through services that are culturally sensitive, individualized, and rewarding.

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Services Offered

Students enrolled in the TRIO Scholars Program are eligible for the following services:


Full-time staff members are available to provide academic and personal advising. Whether students have issues pertaining to graduating, professors, transferring to a university, or even personal matters, staff members are willing to listen and counsel.

Computer Access

Aside from the Academic Complex Computer Lab (ACCL) and the Student Success Center, KEYS Program offers computer access to students for academic purposes.


Personal tutoring sessions are available to participants.

University Trips

Student Support Services regularly takes trips to various university campuses around Arizona. Students are required to attend a transfer workshop to attend a university trip.

Academic/Personal Developmental Skills Workshops

The workshops are designed to help participants develop essential college success strategies and to explore academic and career-related topics.  These workshops are offered at various times each semester and are also available via blackboard.  Students can check the calendar for the list of dates for upcoming workshops. Workshop descriptions and the PowerPoint presentation used are available at:

Making a Success Out of Your Class
Note Taking
Study Skills
Test Taking Techniques
Time Management

Financial Literacy

Program participants will have access to services that will increase their knowledge and awareness of financial and economic factors that can aid or hinder the student’s academic progress and future. The KEYS Program provides the following financial literacy resources: scholarship information, scholarship application processes, completing FASFA, online financial and economic curriculum, financial aid options and guest speakers.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be currently enrolled at AWC.
  • Be a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. or other eligible resident.
  • Need academic assistance according to SSS - KEYS Program guidelines.
  • Meet at least one of the following eligibility guidelines:
    • Have a low-income background (according to federal guidelines)
    • Be a first-generation college student (parents/guardians did not earn a bachelor’s degree in the U.S.)
    • Have a physical challenge or learning disability (additional services available for persons with a disability)

How to Apply

The items listed below are needed in order to process your application. Please include the following documents with your completed application.

STEP 1: Make an appointment with our Front Desk.

Call (928) 344-7761 or come in-person to make an appointment. All of our Coordinators are available to meet with you for an Initial Intake Interview. Please bring all of your application materials (below) to your Interview.

STEP 2: Get an Application

You can print a copy of our current application. (Or you can pick up an application at our Front Desk (located on the 2nd floor of the 3C building).

STEP 3: Income Verification

You will need to provide a copy of your parent's/guardian’s taxes (DEPENDENT STUDENTS) or your taxes (INDEPENDENT STUDENTS ONLY). If you are receiving more than 50% of your support from your parents, you must get a copy of their federal taxes. If you are unable to retrieve a copy of the federal taxes, you may bring in a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) sent to you when you applied for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may get a free copy of your SAR from the AWC Financial Aid Office.

STEP 4: Unofficial College Transcripts

You can print a copy of your college transcripts from WebAdvisor or obtain a free copy from AWC Enrollment Services. College transcripts are required for Continuing AWC Applicants only.

STEP 5: AWC Placement Test Results

Print a copy of your Placement Test Results from WebAdvisor or obtain a free copy from AWC Testing Services.

STEP 6: Documentation of Disability (if applicable)

For applicants trying to qualify under our Disability Criteria, any of the following documents will be acceptable:

- Letter of services from AWC AccessABILITY Services
- Individual Education Plan

STEP 7: One Page Essay (Typed and Double-spaced)

Please address the following questions in your essay:

- Please tell us about your personal background and interests.
- What are your academic goals? What degree do you want to obtain?
- What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
- Describe how the KEYS Program can help you meet your goals.

Get a Form

Form/File Name File
Application To Apply For Keys Program Download
KEYS Handbook Download
Activity Report Download

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 344-7761
Location: KEYS Building
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm