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Enrollment Steps

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Welcome to South Mountain Community College!

We are excited that you are taking the steps to build your future with us. Whether you are taking classes to transfer to a bachelors degree program, to build your job skills, or for personal interest, South Mountain Community College has the resources to ensure your success. If you are a new college student, a returning student, or a student transferring to South Mountain Community College, follow the steps on this page to begin the enrollment process. You may also want to print the Enrollment Steps guide to help track your progress. If you are a non-citizen interested in attending South Mountain Community College on an F1 Visa, please visit our International Education page for more information regarding your enrollment process.
If at any time you have questions regarding the enrollment process, please feel free to contact us using the information to the right of this page.

You can apply for admissions with South Mountain Community College in person or online. Unfortunately, we do not process admissions over the phone.


Apply for admission online by visiting In this step, you will: • Create your Maricopa Enterprise ID (also known as MEID) • Complete the admission application by adding your personal information • Submit proof of your identification Please note if you started your application more than 48 hours ago, you will need to start a new application. • If you are a new student and have never been enrolled with or attended any Maricopa College, you will click the “Start New Application” button. • If you previously attended any of the Maricopa Community Colleges, you will use the “Continued Saved Application or Reapply” button and log in with your MEID and password to complete the admissions application. • If you previously attended the Maricopa Colleges, you may need to locate and/or reactivate your Maricopa account. Please visit the Student Passwords and MEIDs page for assistance.

In Person

Apply for admission in-person You can also apply for admission in person at our main campus located on 24th Street or our Guadalupe Center located on Avenida del Yaqui. Bring a printed copy of the Student Admissions Application (English version | Spanish version) to the Enrollment Services office and we will be happy to assist you. We recommend you submit official transcripts of any high school and/or college credits to Enrollment Services.

As you complete this first step, record the following information on your Enrollment Steps guide.• MEID• Student ID Number• Maricopa Email

Maricopa email: Activate your Maricopa email at once you have completed the admission process.

Determine Placement

Placement helps you begin your education at Maricopa County Community Colleges with the right classes for you. If you are a new to college student and plan on taking college-level English, Reading or Math, you will need to determine where you place. Our colleges utilize two processes to determine college course placement for students: high school transcripts and/or placement tests. The Testing Center can help you with both of these options. Be prepared to provide a copy of your unofficial high school transcript.

Preparing and Studying for the Placement Test is an important step. Test preparation resources • Information about Next-Generation ACCUPLACERWeb-Based Study AppAccuplacer iTunes AppWhat is the Accuplacer Test

Schedule your Exam

South Mountain Community College’s Testing Office currently schedules appointments for all placement tests. If you are an out-of-state student, you can schedule to take the test in a proctored environment. Please contact the Testing office at 602-243-8188 for more information. You must bring a valid photo ID with you on the day of testing. See a list of valid photo ID options.

Once you have completed your Placement Test, be sure to record your scores on your Enrollment Steps guide. Your academic advisor will review your test scores with you during your advisement session.

Your success is our business.

As you work toward your educational goals, knowing you have someone to guide and support you can make all the difference. When you enroll at South Mountain Community College, you’ll have an academic advisor who’s firmly in your corner. South Mountain Community College’s Advising and Career Services Office can provide academic advisement in a variety of ways including individual sessions, walk-in, appointment, over the phone, and via email.

Academic advisors can help you with:

• Creating a plan to meet your academic goals • Identifying required and elective courses • Exploring your educational and life goals • Selecting and sequencing your courses • Determining your transfer options • Providing information on campus resources and services • Balancing school with work and family commitments

Providing the support you need

There’s more to academic advising than choosing your courses and creating your education plan. Keeping in touch with your academic advisor can help you stay on track in order to achieve your academic goals.

An academic advisor can even help with issues you might not have considered. An advisor may refer you to student support services in order to get the additional support you may need. Share any of your concerns, and let your advisor help you connect you with the resources you need. As you prepare for your academic advisement session, explore your program and degree options. Be sure to discuss your academic goals and course options with your Advisor during your session. Make a note of the courses you and your Advisor discussed on your Enrollment Steps guide.

New Student Orientation

Attending New Student Orientation (NSO) is a great way to get connected to resources and people on campus. Visit the New Student Orientation for more information on sessions offered by South Mountain Community College.

Due Dates

Tuition is due 10 days prior to the start date of your first class. If you register less than 10 days before the start date of your first class, your tuition is due the same day. If you do not pay the balance of your tuition and fees on time, you may risk being dropped from your classes. To check the due date of your tuition and fees, go to your Online Student Center at Explore your paying for college options below.

You have four easy ways to pay tuition and fees

1. Make online payments using your Online Student Center, where you can use any of the four major credit cards to make your payment. 2. Make a payment in person at the college cashier’s office using cash, credit card, or a check. 3. Enroll in a monthly payment plan (Nelnet Business Solutions). 4. Use financial aid funds such as scholarships, grants, and loans. They will apply to the balance of your tuition and fees automatically when awarded.

Financial aid

All financial aid starts with creating an FSA ID and completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete your FAFSA online, go to Review the five steps for Financial Aid to monitor the status of your application.


Numerous scholarship opportunities await. Scholarships can vary in amount, and eligibility is based on need or merit. We give you the ins and outs of scholarships, including how to find them, and how to apply. Visit our District Website for information on Maricopa District and Foundation scholarship opportunities. South Mountain Community College’s Financial Aid Office also has scholarship opportunities available for review.

Payment plans

If you plan to cover a portion of your tuition and fees out of pocket, you may want to enroll in a payment plan. Don’t forget to record the balance of what you will need to pay to attend your classes, as well as the due date for payment on your Enrollment Steps guide.