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 Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
 
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College Access Challenge Last Stretch Scholarship

Program Description

The College Access Challenge Last Stretch Scholarship (CAC Last Stretch) is a need-based scholarship designed to assist college students who have completed at least 60 college credit hours to achieve their baccalaureate degree at any regionally or nationally accredited institution.  Eligible students must have substantial financial need (Pell Grant eligible) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

 

Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of application completion until funds have been exhausted.  At that time eligible students will be placed on a waiting list in the event additional funding becomes available.  The maximum grant award for the academic year is $2,000 based on full-time enrollment.  Scholarship funds can be applied toward any educational expenses documented in the student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) at their institution. 

 

One half of the CAC Last Stretch funds will be awarded to eligible students seeking a baccalaureate degree in any program of study.  One half of the funds will be awarded to eligible students enrolled in an eligible STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Minimum Qualifications for Student Grant Awards

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  • Must be a resident of Arizona for at least the previous 12 months at the time of application completion.
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at least half-time in a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution. 
  • Must be baccalaureate degree seeking.
  • Must have completed at least 60 college credit hours at the time of application. 
  • Must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as determined by the institution
  • Students seeking STEM funds must be enrolled in an eligible STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Application Process

  • Students must apply online at www.azgrants.gov.  The scholarship is non-renewable; therefore, a new grant application must be completed each academic year; depending upon availability of continued funding.
  • Students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of three academic years (6 semesters) or until they receive their 1st baccalaureate degree (which ever happens first).
  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.  The Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) will automatically receive a copy of the FAFSA once it is processed by the U.S. Department of Education.