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

Applying to EAC is Free!

Use one of these simple ways to apply.

If applying in person, be sure to bring proof of citizenship and call ahead to find out which documents fulfill this requirement.


Step Two Activate Your Gila Hank and MonsterMail

Gila Hank Onlline
Gila Hank


Once you log into your Gila Hank Online page for the first time, a Microsoft 365 account will be created that includes MonsterMail. For additional information regarding this process, see Using Gila Hank Online

Check your MonsterMail frequently for updates on:

  • Financial Aid Application Process
  • Scholarships
  • Housing
  • Registration
  • New Student Orientation

    Step ThreeApply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Federal and State Programs

    • Grants: are not paid back
    • Work Study: on-campus jobs


    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1.

    • EAC's code is 001073.
    • FAFSA applications submitted by December 1 receive priority consideration.

    The results of the FAFSA report your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) — the amount you are expected to put toward your cost of attending EAC.

    Questions? 928.428.8287 or 800.678.3808, ext. 8287.


    EAC Scholarships

    • Academic: based on academic excellence
    • Athletic and Performing Arts: based on performance, selected by coaches and directors

    Apply: EAC Scholarships Page

    Log in to your Gila Hank account; click "money" to locate the scholarship application link; click "start" to answer the questions.

    Questions? 928.428.8287 or 800.678.3808, ext. 8332.

    • Transcripts, a personal essay, and two letters of recommendation are required
    • A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for scholarships
    • Applications are due by March 1



    • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
      Students from these states are eligible for discounted tuition: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

    • Print WUE form along with required documentation, and return to Records Office.

      Questions? 928.428.8287 or 800.678.3808, ext. 8270.

    • New Mexico Tuition Waiver
      New Mexico residents may be eligible for in-state tuition rates.

      • Log in to your Gila Hank account; click "money" to locate the waivers link; click "start" to answer the questions.
      • For priority consideration you should register for classes as soon as possible prior to the semester you plan on attending.

        Questions? 928.428.8287 or 800.678.3808, ext. 8270.


    LOOK! Use your Gila Hank account to access the EAC Net Price Calculator and Cost Calculator. You can compute your specific costs and financial aid package on it!


    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."


    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


    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).


    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


    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.


    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.


    Step TenAttend Monster Bridge

    Monster Bridge is New Student Orientation, a traditional college event occurring prior to the beginning of classes. There is much more to attending college than just going to class and Monster Bridge will help you discover the resources and people that can help you have a positive experience your first semester at EAC.

    Monster Bridge provides many types of materials to help you with college ''stuff'' such as:

    • Navigate campus and find your classrooms.
    • Meet new people.
    • Discover academic support services.
    • Discover social activities for students.

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

    Monster Bridge is available in person or on-line.

    For additional Monster Bridge questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 928-428-8332