Central Arizona College – Promise for the Future Program

The Central Arizona College Foundation and Central Arizona College have worked together to open the doors of educational opportunity to more Pinal County students with Pinal Promise; a program developed exclusively for students who reside in and graduate from a high school in Pinal County.

What is Pinal Promise?

The Pinal Promise (formerly known as Promise for the Future) educational initiative was launched in 2001 by a caring community that believed that college should be a reality for every Pinal County student.  This program was developed to encourage young people to stay in high school, graduate, and move on to a college or university.

More than a decade later, the Promise continues with the original partnership of CAC Foundation, Central Arizona College, and Pinal County School Districts with a new focus on ease of access and equity for all Pinal County students.

How does Pinal Promise impact students? 

Starting in Spring 2021, all students who reside in Pinal County and graduate from a Pinal County high school are eligible to receive two years of in-state tuition (fall/spring, fall/spring) funded by CAC and the CAC Foundation.  This alleviates a huge financial burden for students who may not otherwise be able to attend college.

Pinal Promise provides funding for any tuition need that has not been met.  This means that Pinal Promise funds will be applied after all other Financial Aid has been applied to the student’s account (this excludes student loans).

To be eligible for Pinal Promise, students must:

  • – Reside and graduate from a Pinal County high school (online high schools must have a physical presence in Pinal County).
  • – Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • – Complete and submit the online CAC Scholarship application.
  • – Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (completing a minimum of 9 credits per semester).
  • – Be pursing a CAC degree or certificate.
  • – Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at CAC.
  • – Maintain continuous enrollment each semester, excluding summer term.
  • – Participate in 20 hours of community service that can be completed in high school or while attending CAC.

Important Notes:

  • – If the student is unable to meet the criteria, they will permanently lose Pinal Promise funds.
  • – No high school GPA is required.
  • – Funding will begin the fall semester after high school graduation.

  • High Schools that have a physical location in Pinal County

    • A+ Charter Schools
    • American Leadership Academy (Ironwood)
    • Apache Trail High School
    • Apache Junction High School
    • ASU Preparatory Academy (Casa Grande)
    • Casa Grande Union High School
    • Casa Grande Union High School Online
    • Casa Verde High School (Casa Grande Union High School District)
    • Combs High School
    • Combs online School
    • Coolidge Alternative Program
    • Coolidge High School
    • Coolidge Virtual Academy
    • ECbridge ( Toltec School District-Eloy)
    • Florence High School
    • Florence Virtual Academy
    • Heritage Maricopa
    • Imagine Prep (Coolidge)
    • Maricopa High School
    • Maricopa Virtual Academy
    • Mission Heights Preparatory High School (Casa Grande)
    • Mountain Vista Academy (Florence)
    • Pinnacle High School (Casa Grande)
    • Poston Butte High School
    • PPEP Tech (Casa Grande)
    • Ray High School
    • Ridgeview College Prep High School
    • San Manuel High School
    • Santa Cruz Valley Union High School
    • Santa Cruz Center for Success (Eloy)
    • San Tan Foothills High School
    • Sequoia Pathway Academy (Maricopa)
    • Summit School ( Florence)
    • Superior High School
    • Villa Oasis Interscholastic Center for Education (Toltec)
    • Vista Grande High School

What if I have recently relocated to Pinal County as a senior. Will I still be eligible for Pinal Promise?

Yes, as long as you reside and graduate from a Pinal County high school, you are eligible for Pinal Promise.

When will I see the funds for Pinal Promise on my account?

Pinal Promise funding occurs about a week after school starts for funding accuracy, but students are notified as soon as Financial Aid determines if they are eligible.

Are home school students eligible?

Home school students are not eligible for Pinal Promise.

I remember signing something in 8th grade, is that still required?

The 8th grade signing requirement has been eliminated (previous requirement under Promise for the Future).

For more information on the Central Arizona College Foundation, click HERE.

Pinal Promise Contact Information

Phone: 520.494.5111
E-Mail: promise@centralaz.edu
Address: Central Arizona College
8470 N. Overfield Road
Coolidge, AZ 85128

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