Early Start Scholarship Program

Early Start Scholarship Program

Earn college credit through the Early Start Scholarship Program.

Early Start is a scholarship program for high school students, home-schooled students, and GED graduates.

How it works:

This scholarship is awarded for a total of ten credit hours (Arizona in-state tuition). It can be used for courses numbered 100 or above. Students can use it the summer directly before their junior year through the summer and fall immediately following their high school graduation. GED recipients are eligible for this scholarship the semester following the completion of GED. GED recipients must utilize this scholarship within one calendar year of completion of their GED.

The scholarship pays tuition-only for college-level course work. The Early Start Scholarship covers tuition and does not include administrative, course fees, books’ or other supplies required for the course. All Early Start Scholarships will be awarded based on the in-state tuition rate. The student is responsible for the difference in tuition if Arizona State Residency cannot be determined. Scholarship funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The college reserves the right to limit the scholarship at any time if budgetary restrictions should occur.

All students applying for this scholarship must meet with an MCC Staff Member to determine eligibility and approve the award.


  1. Complete the MCC Admissions Process
  2. Meet placement requirements as outlined in the Catalog
  3. Meet with an MCC Staff Member who will:
    1. Review placement requirements and determine eligibility
    2. Help determine courses and educational goals
  4. MCC Staff Member submits and approves application and assists student with registration for courses within their educational goals

High school students contact your MCC Student Services Office.

Home-schooled students under the age of 17 must submit a copy of the “Affidavit of Intent” on file with their County’s Superintendent of Schools Office, as well as a letter from the home school provider verifying their grade level to Student Services.

Home schooled students age 17 and older who cannot provide an “Affidavit of Intent” must provide a copy of their transcripts for verifying grade level to Student Services.

GED graduates must submit an unofficial GED transcript OR letter of recognition of completion that they received to an MCC Student Services Office for assistance and approval of Early Start Application.

All Students MUST complete the required MCC admissions forms. Students under the age of 18 must also complete the MCC admission form that requires parental consent to enroll in college classes.


Early Start scholarship covers 100-level courses and above only.

If a student is unsuccessful in a course that is paid for by the Early Start Scholarship, they can repeat that course using the remainder of their Early Start Scholarship funds. The student is responsible for the difference in tuition if Arizona State Residency cannot be determined.

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