Arizona Western College, located in Yuma, Arizona, was founded in 1963 to serve residents in its service area by providing a quality education and service. The school has an annual enrollment of nearly 8000 students per year. AWC is a publicly funded two year institution that is constantly reviewing and upgrading its services and facilities to ensure that the best education may be provided. This is furthered through program reviews that ensure the relevance and modern state of each program, updating them as necessary in order to remain current.
Arizona Western College offers a large number of programs resulting in either a certificate or degree. These programs allow students to pursue academic transfer or career training in a field that best suits their future goals. Academic transfer programs provide students with a curriculum that completes the first two years of a four year education and once completed, allows students to apply for transfer at a four year institution, continuing their education and earn their bachelor's degree. Four year institutions will have varying transfer requirements, and as such it is recommended students meet with a counselor to develop a curriculum that best assists in transfer to a student's desired school or schools.
Students choosing to study in a career program will develop the skills and abilities necessary through a combination of classroom and practical courses that allow for entry into the workforce as professionals. Such programs result in a certificate or associate degree, demonstrating competency to potential employers by having completed the necessary education. Programs take between one and two years to complete, and graduates may seek employment immediately after graduation. Such are usually reflective of the needs of the community and are often for high demand fields.
Programs offered at AWC include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, any student who submits a completed application and meets the minimum requirements for admission may enroll at Arizona Western College. Students will provide transcripts and to take a placement exam for general education courses. New students are encouraged to participate in student orientation and meet with a counselor to develop a student education plan. Registration for courses takes place prior to the start of each semester, with tuition due shortly thereafter.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to determine financial need, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year. Students may be asked to provide additional financial information to ensure that the FAFSA is accurate prior to the disbursement of funds. Students may also apply for external scholarships offered by various sources that are awarded for a variety of reasons.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $1,900-$2,200
- Out-of-State: $7,500-$8,957
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $78-$94 per unit
- Out-of-State: $310-$370 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||90%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||89%||$5,719|
|Receiving Student Loans||5%||$3,869|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Arizona Western College may offer services to students including:
- Online course work available
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Assistance to find work
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for this school, versus those community colleges in Arizona, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
|Arizona Western College||Yuma County||Arizona|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1971)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Arizona
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2006)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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