College is an exciting time for students, but it is life-changing for parents as well. In order for students to have a successful transition to AWC, it is important for them to have support systems like you. We want to be sure you have the information and resources you need to help your student thrive at AWC.
AWC offers a wide variety of academic programs to allow your student to meet their individual educational goals. Their learning experience will include a hands-on learning, flexible scheduling options, and small class sizes with personal attention from highly-qualified, dedicated faculty. Whether they are seeking transfer to a four-year university or preparing immediate employment, there is something for them at AWC. Visit our Academic page for more information.
We care about your student’s success. There are many resources available to students to support them in their academic and career goals. Encourage your student to take advantage of these resources early!
The Student Success Center
The Academic Library provides students with variety of academic services. Whether they need scholarly resources for a research paper, are looking for a quiet place to study, or just want to check their email, the library is the place to be! The friendly staff is available to help students navigate the library resources and are even available remotely by chat.
Academic Advisors are available to assist students with their academic planning. We encourage students to meet with an advisor to discuss their educational and career goals and understand their academic program requirements. Do you have a student who isn’t sure what they want to study? No problem! The Career and Advisement staff will help students through the process of choosing a major.
Your student’s safety is our priority. AWC is committed to providing a safe learning and living environment for our students.
The AWC Campus Police Department is an accredited state police agency with police officers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week along with trained security officers. Our campus has a total of 15 easily accessible emergency call boxes easily that, once activated, will automatically summons the police department. The location of the emergency call boxes can be found on the campus map.
For more information regarding campus safety including crime statistics, safety tips, and prevention, visit the AWC Campus Police Department.
In addition to our affordable tuition, some other costs to consider are:
Class Fees – Unlike many colleges, AWC does not charge general student fees; however, some courses such as online classes, music lessons, and public safety courses require additional fees. See the Tuition and Fees page for detailed information.
Textbooks – The cost of books varies by student based on the courses they are enrolled in. Students may choose from purchasing new or used books, renting books, or e-books, when available. Students who are receiving Financial Aid may use available funds (after paying toward tuition) to purchase textbooks. Once registered for classes, students can log into their Student Planning account to see what textbooks are needed for their classes and may choose to purchase them online or reserve them and pay in person at the AWC Bookstore.
Supplies – Some courses may require students to purchase specific supplies. Most of the required supplies can be found at the AWC Bookstore.
Transportation – All students pay a $5.00 transportation fee which allows them unlimited access to the YCAT, Yuma’s public transit system. Students who want to take advantage of this service need to stop by the Cashier’s Office in the 3C to pick up their YCAT decal that adheres to their AWC ID card.
Each student and family has a different circumstance, but many of our students are eligible to receive financial aid, scholarships, student employment or other assistance to offset the cost of tuition.
Financial Aid and Scholarships – Your student may be eligible for Financial Aid (grants, loans) based on their FAFSA, or scholarships based on their AWC Scholarship Application. All students are encouraged to apply!
Student Employment – There are a variety of work-study or hourly employment opportunities available for students that help them develop valuable skills while working in a supportive environment.
How to Pay
After any Financial Aid or Loans are applied to the student’s account, any remaining balance becomes the responsibility of the student. It is important that students pay their account balance, have their Financial Aid finalized, or have a payment plan established by the appropriate deadline to avoid losing their spots in classes.
Payment can be made in the following convenient ways:
- Online through WebAdvisor
- In Person at the Cashier’s Office in the 3C
- By Phone at (928) 317-7666
Payment plans are also available and may be set up through WebAdvisor. A percentage of the balance is due at the time of establishing the payment plan.
Housing and Dining
AWC is proud to be one of the 2% of community colleges to offer On-Campus Housing. Living on campus provides students with a comprehensive collegiate experience that cultivates personal development and promotes academic success. We encourage students from near or far to consider making AWC their home away from home!
Students get hungry! There are multiple dining options on campus for students’ convenience. The Eatery not only provides a wide variety of culinary selections, it is also a great place to study or connect with friends. Coffee and snacks are also available at our campus Starbucks (located in the 3C) and the Coffee Kiosk (located in the LR Atrium].
Health and Wellness
A balance of health and well-being helps students achieve their academic goals. The Health and Wellness staff promotes awareness in a variety of areas including mental health, healthy relationships, and violence prevention and intervention. They can also provide referral information for community resources and crisis intervention.
New students are encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation session prior to start of their first semester, and parents are welcome to join! Our New Student Orientation sessions will provide your student with the necessary information to have a successful start at AWC and will answer many of your questions as a parent.
Your student is not alone. We are dedicated to providing students with support and resources to facilitate a successful experience.