CAC - Programs & Scholarships

  • Central Arizona College
    Programs


    Central Arizona College (CAC) offers three separate programs for Pinal County high school students to earn college credits during high school. The primary difference between these programs are grade level and when they can be utilized: 
    First Step is during the Summer after Sophomore year/before junior year
     Early College is Fall & Spring during the school year
    Promise for the future is offered to AJUSD 8th graders, used post graduation


    First Step:

    The First Step program allows high school students who have completed their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year to take college classes at CAC during the summer.  Students can take up to 5 credits each summer at CAC under the First Step program.  Students who qualify will receive free tuition and fees for the classes they register for at CAC, but will still be responsible for books, class materials and transportation.

    Who is eligible for First Step?
    • Must be a Pinal County resident
    • Must have completed their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year of high school
    The information for this page has been largely borrowed from the CAC website.  For more information about First Step, please see your School Counselor or visit CAC's First Step website.
     
    Early College:

    The Early College program allows high school Juniors and Seniors to take college classes at CAC during Fall and Spring semester. Students can take up to 5 credits at CAC during these semesters through the Early College program. Students who qualify will receive free tuition and fees for the classes they register for at CAC, but will still be responsible for books, class materials and transportation.

    Who is eligible for Early College?
    • Must be a Pinal County resident
    • Be a Junior or Senior in a Pinal County high school
    • Receive authorization from their School Guidance Counselor (this includes having a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better)
    The information for this page has been largely borrowed from the CAC website.  For more information about Early College, please see your School Counselor or visit CAC's Early College website.
     
    Promise for the Future
     
    Promise for the Future is a program designed to encourage students from Pinal County to stay in high school, graduate with a 2.75 grade point average and perform community service each school year. Students along with their parents/guardian sign a contract of commitment during the students’eighth grade year. Students graduating from a Pinal County high school who have fulfilled the requirements of the Promise for the Future contract will be eligible for the Promise for the Future Scholarship. 
     
    The information for this page has been largely borrowed from the CAC website.  For more information about Early College, please see your School Counselor or visit CAC's Early College website.