Eight Resources to know about before going to Cochise College

It’s that time again and students are counting down the days until the start of the fall semester. If you happen to be a student, you can have a positive experience starting the semester, attending classes and acing courses if you utilize college resources. Here are eight resources along with some helpful tips for students to know about before the school year starts.

  1. Make friends with the Advising & Financial Aid Office 


Sometimes, starting college requires a lot of time, energy and paperwork. Make sure you understand what you need to do to get into college by visiting the Advising and Financial Aid Office. Don’t be shy. They are here to help! Note: there is still time to start your future at Cochise College. August 20 is the deadline to apply for Financial Aid for the Fall 2017 semester. Register for courses up until the day before classes start.

Useful Tips:

  • Starting on November 1, 2017, students can start registering for Spring 2018 classes.
  • FAFSA and scholarship applications become available to students every October.
  • Know your degree path by using MyDegreePlan located on MyCochise.
  • Payment plans are available for tuition costs.

(Find out more information about deadlines and other important dates by contacting the Financial Aid Office.)

  1. Beat the line at the bookstore 


Barnes and Noble bookstores are located on both the Douglas and Sierra Vista campuses. Visit the bookstore website online to save yourself time and skip the busy bookstore. 

Useful Tips:

  • Students can rent and buy books for classes online or in the bookstore.  
  • Students can use up to 30 percent of their financial aid funds to purchase books and materials for classes.
  1. Use the Tutoring lab to boost your grades


Tutoring in math and writing are available at every Cochise College campus and center. Students should schedule an appointment to secure a time with a writing tutor. No appointments are necessary for the math tutoring. Make sure to bring study materials to the appointment.

Useful Tips:

  • Tutoring is free for students.
  • Students have access to 24/7 live tutoring at Tutor.com, which can be accessed from Moodle.
  • Spanish labs are available at the Sierra Vista and Douglas Campuses.
  • Music and digital media arts labs are available at the Douglas Campus.
  • Science labs are available at the Sierra Vista Campus.
  1. Computer labs have more to offer than social media access

All computer lab work stations are connected to the Internet and have been configured with college-approved and licensed software. The basic software package includes Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Useful Tips:

  • Adobe Suite is available for students on specific computers.
  • Quiet study rooms are open and available to students in the computer lab.
  • Other licensed software packages are installed on an as-needed basis.
  • Check with the lab help desk for information about specialized software installed on select computers.
  1. The Cochise College Library lets you check out more than books

Cochise College operates two physical libraries and a robust online collection of ebooks, streaming media, and articles. The physical libraries maintain a collection of more than 60,000 books and media items, including DVDs and audiobooks, to support Cochise College curriculum and lifelong learning.

Useful Tip:

  •  Students can rent laptops for free for up to one week at the library.
  1. You have printing money on your College ID Card

Cloud printing is integrated with student ID cards. After sending a print job, swipe your ID at any kiosk to select which jobs to print and which jobs to discard. After confirming the print job, the kiosk will print. Each semester, every student is provided $.80 of print credits per credit hour taken. Add money to your WEPA account through campus business offices or by using a credit card.

Cochise Cash Student ID Cards offers:

  • Entrance to labs, buildings and rooms
  • Attendance verification
  1. Local stores give student discounts

Many local retailers offer discounts of 10 percent or more to students, if only you ask or know to take advantage of the offers.

Student discounts:

  • Sierra Vista Transit offers a monthly bus pass for students at $24 per month if they bring in a copy of their class schedule.
  • Sprint offers $5 off some new plans.
  • Get 20% off FedEx shipping.
  • Show your ID card at Pizza Hut and get 10 percent off your order.  
  • Students can get 10 percent off at Subway.
  • Apple offers education pricing for students, with up to $200 off a new Mac.
  • Students receive 5 percent off at the Sierra Vista Food Co-op on the first Friday of each month.
  1. Cochise College has free software for students

Students who are short on funds but need to learn new skills can take advantage of discounted or free software offers. Luckily, at a time when a lot of students will have to learn new skills companies have responded by providing discounts or free software.

Available programs:

  • Get Office 365 for free.
  • Microsoft IT Academy and VMware Academic Program are available free to CIS students.
  • Grammarly – Grammarly is an online tool that checks spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, and helps improve your writing. Use your Cochise College email address to register.
  • Adobe Suite gives students a 60 percent off discount on programs.  

Find out more details about free software on MyCochise.