Valley Town Offers Full Community College Tuition to Eligible Residents

The Town of Queen Creek has announced an exciting program for local students—the Queen Creek Promise Program—a commitment from the Town to its residents for eligible high school students to attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) for two years with Arizona resident tuition fully funded.

At the kick-off event on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, Queen Creek Mayor Julia Wheatley commented on the importance of community college. “After high school, CGCC is where I first started taking classes, and tuition was all on my own, so it took me longer to graduate and go through a university,” Wheatley said. “As Mayor I’m so pleased to see this program offered to our students and residents, and on behalf of the Town Council we welcome the next generation of community college leaders.”

The educational offerings from CGCC include both certificates and degrees, helping Queen Creek reinvest in its community with higher education, as well as many flexible, workforce-ready programs and degrees designed to meet the area’s current and future workforce needs. Eligible Queen Creek students can use this tuition assistance to help launch a career—or transfer on to a university.

“Many of CGCC’s certificates and two-year degrees available are for hands-on and high demand programs, such as Aviation Maintenance, Nursing and even Drones,” said Dr. Greg Peterson, CGCC President, “but regardless of your focus, CGCC is a great place to start and even finish!”

Eligibility for the program is as follows:

  • “Last Dollar Program” fills the gap in funding after financial aid and scholarships
  • Open only to Queen Creek resident, high school graduates
  • Must start at CGCC within 2 years of high school graduation
  • Recipients must demonstrate financial need and complete the FAFSA
  • Students must have a 2.0 high school GPA and maintain a 2.5 at CGCC

CGCC and the town of Queen Creek are working to make education more accessible. Partnerships like these give students the opportunity to explore their interests, get going on a pathway, and pursue coursework from business to engineering to teaching.

Applications for the Fall 2023 semester will open March 1, 2023, and be open until April 30. Scholarships will be awarded beginning June 1, 2023.

Find more information here.

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