Getting Started at EAC - Step by Step

Eastern Arizona College Welcomes You!

Congratulations on choosing EAC, one of the finest and most cost-effective community colleges in the state and the smart choice for starting your education and career. Now that you’re joining our close-knit community, we want to make sure your transition is a smooth one.

By choosing to come here, you’ve chosen to join a community of people who live and learn side by side, gaining the skills and knowledge they need to thrive while sharing a fun and dynamic college experience together.

We want to ensure all of your questions are answered and that your transition to EAC is an enjoyable experience. Please feel free to contact us any time you are in need of assistance.

EAC Admissions Office
800.678.3808, ext. 8272


Step One Get Admitted

There are three simple ways to get admitted to EAC. Great news - there's no cost to apply.

  • Online:

  • By Phone: 928.428.8270 or 800.678.3808, ext. 8270

  • In Person: at the EAC Records Office. Be sure to bring proof of citizenship. Call to find out which documents fulfill this requirement.

Once admitted, you will receive a Monster ID number and a Student ID number.


Step Two Activate Your Gila Hank and MonsterMail

Gila Hank and MonsterMail are the official communication between the student and the college. You must first activate your Gila Hank account; then your Monster Mail.


Gila Hank Onlline

You will need both your Monster ID number and Student ID number.

  • Go to:

  • Your Monster ID number should be used whenever you are asked to give a username or Monster ID number.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions to log in to Gila Hank. You will be asked to create a new password. This new  password will be your password to Gila Hank, MonsterMail, WebStudy, and student wi-fi access.

After your Gila Hank account has been activated, the other EAC web apps will be 'synched' in roughly two hours.



The Monster Mail link is located in the middle of the EAC homepage.



Records Office
800.678.3808, ext. 8270


Step ThreeApply for Financial Aid and Scholarships


Financial Aid

Pell Grants and Federal Work-Study may be available by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Complete the online FAFSA any time after October 1.

  • FAFSA applications submitted by March 1 receive priority consideration.



  • Scholarship applications are to be completed online. Log into your Gila Hank account to complete the application, located under the "Money" tab

  • EAC scholarship applications are due by March 1.

  • Most recent transcripts and two letters of recommendation are required for consideration.

  • Athletic and Performing Arts scholarships are selected by EAC coaches and/or directors of each performing arts group.



Visit the web addresses below to determine your eligibility for these waiver programs and how to apply.

Western Undergraduate Exchange - Students from the following states are eligible for discounted out-of-state tuition: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

New Mexico Tuition Waiver - Available on a limited basis, New Mexico residents may be eligible for in-state tuition rates.



Financial Aid Office
800.678.3808, ext. 8287


Step FourArrange Housing

Housing options are limited on-campus and near-campus - especially for the fall semester - so make arrangements as early as possible. On-campus housing space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date you submit a housing application and $150 reservation deposit.

If you are choosing to live on-campus, please submit a Housing Application and $150 deposit by logging into your Gila Hank account and clicking the "Housing & Meals" link at the top of the page. The housing application is accessed by clicking "Housing Options."



Housing Office
800.678.3808, ext. 8605


Step FivePlacement Testing (if needed)

All degree-seeking students must take the placement test prior to enrolling. These assessments allow EAC counselors to guide students in selecting appropriate level courses in which they are most likely to be successful.

Free Placement Testing is offered by appointment Monday-Friday in the Counseling Office. ACT or SAT scores may be used in lieu of placement testing IF minimum scores are met:

Math: 22
Writing: 18
Reading: 18

Math: 520
Writing: 530
Reading: 430

To significantly improve your placement test scores, enroll in one of these one-credit, 10-day, power courses designed to quickly develop your math, reading, and writing skills. Sign up for Summer Bridge: CSL122, section #6055 (math); #6026 (reading); or #6082 (writing).

There are three ways to register:

  • Online: Gila Hank Online at

  • By phone: Call (928) 428-8270

  • By e-mail: Send your information to



Counseling Office
928.428.8253, option 0
800.678.3808, ext. 8253, option 0


Step SixAcademic Advising and Class Planning

Our expert advisors are standing by to help you gather the information necessary to reach your academic goals. We strongly recommend that you schedule an individual appointment to make full use of the resources offered at the Counseling Office (see contact information in Step 5).



Counseling Office
800.678.3808, ext. 8253


Step SevenRegister for Classes

Registration start dates are as follows:

  • March 15 for Fall Semester

  • October 15 for Spring Semester

There are three ways to register for classes.

  • Online:

  • By Phone: 928.428.8270 or 800.678.3808, ext. 8270

  • In Person: at the EAC Records Office



Records Office
800.678.3808, ext. 8270


Step EightFinalize

You're nearly there! To finalize your account, contact the Fiscal Control Office to verify your payment has been received for tuition, fees, room & board, and to obtain a Student ID card. Please note that all full-time students are required to have a Student ID card.

  • Fall tuition is due on the fourth Monday in July. Spring tuition is due on the second Friday in December. If your account isn't finalized by the due date, your classes will be purged the following day.

  • Room & board payments are due the day you check into the dorms.

  • Payment plans are available. Students can enroll in a payment plan through their Gila Hank account.



Fiscal Control Office
800.678.3808, ext. 8221


Step NineBuy Text Books

We advise purchasing books before classes begin. Books are available at the EAC Bookstore located in the Activities Center. Start saving early to be prepared for this expense. Generally, books will run between $400 and $600 per semester.



EAC Bookstore
800.678.3808, ext. 8381


Step TenAttend Monster Bridge

Gather valuable information at this new student orientation experience, offered the week before fall semester begins.

  • Gather class information and explore campus activities
  • Learn how to connect and use EAC technology resources
  • Hear about tips on managing your time, money, and social life
  • Attend a career fair to learn about local job opportunities for EAC students

Register for Monster Bridge by adding CSL 120 Section 6001 to your class schedule.

Click HERE for more information on Monster Bridge.



Monster Bridge
800.678.3808, ext. 8332