Madera College Students

Madera Community College Open House

On Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Madera Community College is hosting a free community Open House event to showcase our great college and introduce ourselves to residents and prospective students. Attendees will be able to learn more about our college, the programs, degrees, and certificates we offer, how to qualify for free tuition, and how to enroll and register for courses.

  • Free event – stop by anytime between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.!
  • Food trucks – free food!
  • B95 and La Preciosa 92.9 FM will be live on-campus
  • Family-friendly – bring your children!
  • Informal information sessions to learn more about:
    • Qualifying for free tuition
    • Financial Aid, Grants, Dream Act
    • Support programs available to students
    • Enrolling and registering for courses

According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the median annual wage for a full-time worker ages 22 to 27 with a high school diploma is $30,000. For a full-time worker with a college degree, it's $52,000. Our amazing faculty and staff at Madera Community College are ready to help you on your journey to making more money!

According to the Social Security Administration, men with college degrees earn approximately $900,000 more in median lifetime earnings than high school graduates. Women with college degrees earn $630,000 more than high school graduates.

With our $46-per-unit fee for community college courses being the lowest in the nation, we are committed to making your higher education goals affordable, and many of our students qualify for FREE TUITION!

  1. Be a first-time college student and California resident. Students who take college courses while still in high school are considered first time college students.
  2. Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 units each semester at Madera Community College (or any California Community College campus)
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for undocumented students.

As a second-year student, your enrollment fees may be covered for the fall and/or spring semesters if you meet the following requirements:

  1. Enrolled as a first-time college student and be a California resident.
  2. Completed a minimum of 12 units during each semester enrolled at Madera Community College (or any California Community College campus).
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for undocumented students.

Improve your English skills for a job, school, or social conversations. Join the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. You do not need a high school diploma to take ESL classes and our classes are available to undocumented students!

Whatever your educational goals are, Madera Community College can help you accomplish them either for free or very little cost!

  • If you want to earn an Associate’s Degree and eventually transfer to a 4-year college or university such as Fresno State, UC Merced, and even UCLA and USC, we have you covered!
  • If you want to learn a trade such or technical career, we have degrees available in Agricultural Mechanics, Welding, Machine Tool Technology, Industrial Maintenance, and Environmental Horticulture.
  • We also have degrees and courses for Nursing, Business, Accounting, Marketing, and many more!

Dream Resource Center

The Dream Resource Center is committed to providing undocumented students with a welcoming and supportive environment. We support access and success through academic counseling and outreach to the community. We provide information, resources and academic counseling to new and continuing undocumented students at Madera Community College. Counselors and staff assigned to the Dream Center will assist students in overcoming challenges of access and completion of vocational or transfer-level goals in higher education. The majority of the students served in this office will be identified as Dreamers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or seeking AB 540 status.


College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

  • CAMP is a first-year experience federally funded program designed to help students from migrant and/or farm working backgrounds transition into college.
  • How to Qualify
    • Be a full-time student in your first year of college
    • Be a Permanent resident or U.S. Citizen
    • You participated in the Migrant Education Program any time in school (K -12)
      OR You or your immediate family member have performed seasonal agriculture work for at least 75 days within the last two years

 Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

  • The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program provides comprehensive support services to first generation college students who come from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. “Over and above” support services are provided to assist students in the completion of their educational goals.
  • EOPS provides academic and financial support to community college students whose educational and socioeconomic backgrounds may deter them from successfully attending college and completing their educational goals.

TRiO - Student Support Services

  • Madera Community College Student Support Services (SSS-ESL) is a free federal TRiO Program that serves students who are first generation, and/or low-income, and/or have a disability and for whom English is a second language and/or who are of limited English proficiency.
  • This program provides academic support and guidance to help Madera Community College students overcome the challenges of obtaining a Certificate, AA/AS degree, AA-T/AS-T degree and/or transfer to a four-year university. We strive to increase graduation, retention, academic standing, and transfer rates for underrepresented college students who qualify for the program.
  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • Must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident, or meet residency requirements for federal financial aid
    • Must be enrolled in a degree, certificate, or transfer program at Madera Community College
    • Must be enrolled in 12 units and in good academic standing (2.0 GPA)
    • Have not completed more than 50 college units
    • English is a second language and/or you are of limited English proficiency
    • And at least one of the following:
      • You are from a low-income family and/or
      • Your parent(s)/guardian(s) did not graduate from a four-year college and/or
      • You have a disability

Join us on Saturday, October 14 anytime between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to see our campus and learn about the endless opportunities and support programs available. You can also call us at 559-675-4839 or send us an email at with any questions you have!

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