State funding eliminated for EVIT Young Graduates program
Posted on 02/24/2016
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In February, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that restored $28 million in state funding that was slated to be cut from Joint Technical Education Districts, including the East Valley Institute of Technology. But funding for high school graduates was eliminated.

EVIT remains state-funded and tuition-free for high school students who reside in 10 East Valley school districts – Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs.

High school graduates under the age of 22 had also been allowed to attend EVIT tuition-free through the Young Graduates program. Under the new law, current Young Graduates will be able to finish this school year without paying tuition.

NEW: Current EVIT seniors who wish to complete their training next year will be able to do that tuition-free as long as they did not graduate from high school or earn a GED before Jan. 1, 2016. But they must complete the program they are currently enrolled in.

Starting in July 2016, all other students who have graduated from high school or earned a GED will have to pay tuition through EVIT’s Adult Education program.

Adult Education at EVIT is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Financial aid, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify. EVIT also works with adult students to arrange affordable payment plans.

Daytime sessions from 8:05 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., 12:05 p.m. to 2:35 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday are available for adult students in select programs. Some adult programs also have an evening session available from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For admission questions, contact the EVIT Center for Career Advancement at (480) 461-4108 or (480) 461-4110. For financial aid questions, call (480) 461-4025.

EVIT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation in its programs or activities. CTE program offerings include: Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications; Auto & Transportation Services; Construction Technologies; Culinary Arts & Hospitality; Education; Engineering; Health Sciences; Human Services; Information Technology; Manufacturing Trades; and Public Safety. For a full listing of programs, go to The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in EVIT CTE programs. The following employees have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX/Title VII/EEOC Coordinator, EVIT Superintendent, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201 or call (480) 461-4000, or by email at; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Tony Niccum, STEPS, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201, or call (480) 461-4154 or by email

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