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Enrollment Steps

1. Get Admitted

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 but never submitted it, you will need to start a new application.

  • If you are a new student and have never been enrolled in 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.


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 Address

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

2. Determine Placement

South Mountain Community College accepts several different tools for placement into our courses. You can review all of the placement options on this website.

Due to COVID-19 we are unable to administer testing services in person. 

If you would like to be contacted to discuss the course placement options,  please email or call 602-243-8188 to discuss your options with a Testing Services team member.

3. Get Advised

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.

4. Pay Tuition and Fees

Due Dates

Tuition is due 20 days prior to the start of the semester. If you register less than 20 days before the start of the semester, your tuition is due the same day. If you do not pay the balance of your tuition and fees on time, you are at risk of being dropped from your classes for nonpayment. 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 three easy ways to pay tuition and fees:

You can pay in full online by using any major credit or debit card or your bank account information. Payments are accepted in person by cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card.

If you plan to cover a portion of your tuition and fees out of pocket, you may want to enroll in a payment plan. Down payments are only $35 to enroll, which includes a nonrefundable $20 payment plan enrollment fee. As long as payments are drafted on time, there is no other expense. 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.

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. Financial aid can also come in the form of scholarships. For more information, visit SMCC’s Financial Aid website.