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Student Challenges

Tuition Costs in Arizona

Students registering at EMCC

Melinda Sanchez was very relieved to hear that tuition rates will not increase for the fiscal year 2012-13. She is a mother of three who, along with her daughter, came to Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) to finish her education. “Tuition costs and the cost of the books are a huge decision factor in our family,” she said.

Dairy Free in a Modern World (and on campus)

Dairy shelf

If you’re a person who enjoys cheese and other dairy-based products, can you imagine having to give it up all together? According to, about 40 million people in the U.S. are lactose intolerant, many of whom are Asian-American, African-American, Native-American, Jewish, or Mexican-American.

Most people are not born with lactose intolerance, but they develop it later in life, thus having to give up the dairy-products they’ve previously lived with. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include stomach pain, gas, and nausea.

The Challenges of Returning to School

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics' website,  “A nontraditional student was identified by the presence of one or more of the following seven characteristics: delayed enrollment into postsecondary education, attended part time, financially independent, worked full time while enrolled, had dependents other than a spouse, was a single parent, or did not obtain a standard high school diploma.” I consider myself a “non-traditional student,” qualifying as a part-time student, financially independent, and caring for my two dependents, my sons, 11 and 6-years-old. 

Textbook Prices Are on The Rise

Each year, textbooks become more and more expensive. Based on a survey released in 2011 by the Student Public Interest Research Group, “textbook prices increased 22 percent over the last four years.”  This prevents students from buying many textbooks to save funds, which could compromise learning. The Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) bookstore is not an exception to this textbook statistic.

Where Do I Park?

cars in parking lot

Why is it that the one day I am running late to class, finding a decent parking space becomes harder than finding Waldo in a Where’s Waldo book? Parking at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) has become a problem with the expansion of Estrella Hall and the recent construction near one of the main parking lots.  


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