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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to college, how do I begin?

Congratulations on your decision to attend South Mountain Community College.

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Can I enroll if I am under the age of 18?

Admission to South Mountain Community College may be granted to any person under the age of 18 who achieves any one of the following:
• A composite score of 93 or more on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).
• A composite score of 930 or more on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
• A composite score of 22 or more on the American College Test (ACT).
• A passing score on the relevant portions of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards test (AIMS SCIENCE)
• A passing score on the relevant portions of the Arizona’s Measurement Of Education Readiness To Information Teaching (AZMERIT) test.
• The completion of a college placement test designated by the community college district that indicates the student is at the appropriate college level for the course.
• Graduation from a private or public high school or possession of a high school certificate of equivalency.

Required Admissions Documents:

Students under the age of 18 requesting admission to South Mountain Community College must submit the following documents:
• A completed Student Admission Application.
Request for Admission for Students Under the Age of 18.
• A completed Under 18 Financial Responsibility Form. English version. Spanish Version.
• Unofficial High School Transcript -including courses, grades, courses in progress, AIMS test scores.
• Letter from the student stating reason(s) for enrollment.
• Placement test scores for placement in English, reading or mathematics courses (ASSET, COMPASS, CELSA, ACCUPLACER). Check the Schedule of Classes or call (602) 243-8188 for assessment times.
• Original copy of ACT, PSAT, SAT or AIMS test scores.

How can I request a transcript?

Visit our Transcripts page for more information.

Do I have to get a student ID and parking decal?

It is strongly recommended that each student obtain a student ID card. A picture ID is required to use the various resource services available to students such as the Library, Fitness Center, Computer Commons, Computer Labs and Student Activities.

A FREE photo ID card can be obtained at the Registration and Records counter located in the Student Enrollment Services building at the main campus and also at the Guadalupe Center.

How do I apply for graduation?

Step 1: Prior to Applying for graduation You MUST ensure that Official Transcripts and transfer credit from other institutions is on file and posted to your Student Account.

Step 2: Apply for Graduation by meeting with an Academic Advisor.

Step 3: Complete the Graduation Survey

Step 4: Submit your Application to Enrollment Services and pay the Graduation Ceremony participation fee.

To look at the complete list including details, please visit our graduation website.

I’ve lived in Arizona for more than a year but I’m being charged out of state fees, what do I do?

The default for new students is set to “Out-of-State” so tuition and fees will be calculated accordingly. In order to change your status you will need to provide documentation to the Enrollment Services Office. See Acceptable Documents for a comprehensive list. Additional information can be found in AR 2.2.2 [Section 3.C.iv].

I am an international student, how can I study at South Mountain Community College?

The following is a check list to make sure you have submitted all the required documents. Please see the admissions page for detailed information on each requirement.

    • International Student Application Form
    • TOEFL or IELTS Score Report
    • High School and/or College Transcripts (Note: If these documents are not issued in English, then a certified word-for-word translation must also be submitted.)
    • Financial Guarantee
    • Copy of your Passport

Additional requirements if you are applying from within the United States.

    • Photocopies of all previous I-20s
    • A photocopy of the I-94 card in your passport.
    • A photocopy of the visa page in your passport.
    • An official transcript sent directly from the educational institution to SMCC.
    • SMCC Transfer form must be filled out by International Student Advisor at current institution.

How can I get an enrollment verification?

Follow these easy steps:

    • Navigate to your Student Center by visiting
    • Log on using your MEID and password
    • Click on the Enrollment Verification Link. You will be redirected to the National Student Clearinghouse to print your Enrollment Verification.

Real-time information is now available in your Student Center for:

    • Student Loan Information
    • Student Loan Deferments
    • Enrollment Verification
    • Viewing Enrollment History

How long do I have to drop a class to receive a refund?

Students who officially withdraw from credit classes (in fall, spring, or summer) within the withdrawal deadline listed below will receive a 100% refund for tuition, class and registration processing fees. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or a college holiday will advance to the next college work day except for classes 1-9 calendar days in length or as specified by the college. Withdrawal deadlines for a 100% refund will be printed on the student invoice. Calendar days include weekdays and weekends. Refer to individual colleges for withdrawal and appeal processes.

Length of ClassCalendar Days Official Withdrawal Deadlines for 100% Refund % of refund
1-9 Prior to the class start date 100%
10-19 1 Calendar day including the class start date 100%
20-29 2 Calendar days including the class start date 100%
30-39 3 Calendar days including the class start date 100%
40-49 4 Calendar days including the class start date 100%
50-59 5 Calendar days including the class start date 100%
60-69 6 Calendar days including the class start date 100%
70+ 7 Calendar days including the class start date 100%

How do I get my transcript sent to SMCC for evaluation?

    • Contact previous schools attended and have them send official transcript directly to SMCC Enrollment Services
    • Check your Message Center on your Student Center to see if transcripts have arrived.
    • If the transcripts have arrived, request for transcript to be evaluated.
    • After 2-4 weeks, check to see if the transcript have been evaluated in your Student Center.

For more information, please visit our College Transcript Evaluation page.