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Cost-conscious students—and, of course, their families—may be interested in a new “3+1” transfer program.

The University of Phoenix and the Maricopa Community Colleges launched an agreement to allow graduates of MCCCD to more easily transfer their credits to University of Phoenix toward earning a bachelor’s degree. 

The 3+1 transfer program will allow students to save on the cost of their education by spending three years completing general course requirements at a community college, with a final year at University of Phoenix to secure a B.S. in management, B.S. in health management or B.S. in nursing.

“We are excited to align with the Maricopa Community Colleges to help address the skills gap in popular industries such as nursing, management and health care,” University of Phoenix Provost John Woods said. “Preparing students for fulfilling careers is a mission both institutions share, and this pathway means students save money, while still completing their bachelor’s in four years.”

Eligible students need to complete 11 classes to finish their bachelor’s degree and can graduate in as little as 14 months when transferring 87 credits to University of Phoenix.

“Our agreement with University of Phoenix will allow students to attend a Maricopa college and get a head start in earning their bachelor’s degree,” said Rose Rojas, director of transfer. “Our colleges are committed to offering students the best path for their educational journey. The pathway with University of Phoenix provides a very cost-effective option for students to earn both an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in high-demand areas.”

The agreement applies to all 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, including Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale and Glendale Community College. 

University of Phoenix offers undergraduate students one course at a time at five-week increments, with new courses starting monthly. Additionally, University of Phoenix will waive all fees and tuition for the first course and provides a special associate degree transfer tuition rate for all remaining courses, which is a savings of $144 per course.

For more information, visit phoenix.edu/ccstudent.