Institutional Scholarships

Central Arizona College offers a variety of scholarship programs to recognize students for their academic performance as well as for participation in athletics and other activities.

A student may receive one or more of the following types of scholarships not to exceed the cost of tuition, registration and processing fees for a resident student. To receive a scholarship the student must meet the following conditions:

  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate.
  • Must be enrolled in an on-campus program.
  • New students are first priority.
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen if applicable. 
  • All scholarships must be coordinated with Federal financial aid, and the total of all awards may not exceed need.

Scholarships Available

CAC Academic Scholarship

  • Target: Students who graduate in the top 10% of their high school graduating class at participating high schools.
  • Enrollment Requirements: Must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours in the semester immediately following high school graduation. Must enroll in the CPD101 class.
  • Renewal Requirements: Must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester, must earn and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, enrollment must be continuous, and limited to four consecutive semesters.
  • Value: The amount equivalent to in-state tuition up to 18 credit hours.

CAC Incentive Scholarship

  • Target: Primarily first generation college, first time recent high school.
  • Enrollment Requirements: Must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.
  • Renewal Requirements: Must complete application form each year, must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester, must earn and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, enrollment must be continuous and limited to four consecutive semesters.
  • Value: The amount covers a portion of in-state tuition and is based on financial need. The amount is prorated for enrollment less than full-time.

Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

  • Target: Primarily reentry students 23 years of age or older.
  • Enrollment Requirements: Must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hour per semester.
  • Renewal Requirements: Must complete application form each year, must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester, must earn and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Enrollment must be continuous and limited to four consecutive semesters. 
  • Value:The amount covers a portion of in-state tuition and is based on financial need. The amount is prorated for enrollment less than full-time.

GED 1-Semester Scholarship

  • Target: Students who pass the GED examination taken through the Central Arizona College GED testing program.  
  • Enrollment Requirements: Must enroll in a minimum of 1 credit hour with a maximum of 12 credit hours in the semester immediately following notification from Central of scholarship eligibility.  Must enroll in the CPD101 class.  
  • Renewal Requirements: This scholarship is non-renewable. 
  • Value: The amount equivalent to in-state tuition up to 12 credit hours.

Honors Scholarship

  • Target: New and returning students who participate in Honors Program.
  • Enrollment Requirements: Must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Must meet program specific requirements.
  • Renewal Requirements: Must complete application form each year. Must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. Must earn and maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Limited to four semesters. Must meet program specific requirements.
  • Value: Maximum amount is $1,500 per year.

Athletic Scholarship (Signal Peak)

  • Target: Students participating in intercollegiate athletics at Central Arizona College.
  • Enrollment Requirements: Must meet NJCAA requirements.
  • Renewal Requirements: Must meet NJCAA requirements and contingent upon coach's recommendation.
  • Value: Amount varies by athletic program and student athlete.

Activity Scholarship

  • Target: Students must participate in certain activities at Central Arizona College.
  • Enrollment Requirements: Must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester. Must meet program specific requirements. Must complete or perform in the name of the College.
  • Renewal Requirements: Must meet program specific requirements. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Must apply each year.
  • Value: Amount varies by activity and campus.

Performing Arts Scholarship (Signal Peak)

  • Target: Students participating in band, drama, or choir at Central Arizona College.
  • Enrollment Requirements: Must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester. Must meet program specific requirements. Must compete or perform in the name of the College. Audition requirement.
  • Renewal Requirements: Must meet program specific requirements. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • Value: Amount varies by activity. The award value is at the discretion of the Coordinator of the appropriate program.

Student Employment

Central Arizona College offers students the opportunity to work on campus to earn money to meet educational costs. Students are paid minimum wage and may work up to 20 hours per week if enrolled as a full-time student. For more information, contact the Coordinator of Student Employment at 520-494-5424.

How to Apply for Institutional Scholarship Programs

The Financial Aid Office has information and applications for institutional scholarship programs as well as other non-institutional programs. Students interested should visit one of the Central Arizona College campuses or e-mail the Financial Aid Office. To apply students must submit the corresponding scholarship application with all requirements.


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