EVIT operates 43 high school vocational programs. Students from any of the over 100 East Valley high schools (including those in 11 school districts) within the Joint Technical Education District may apply to EVIT. Eligible districts include Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Tempe, Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs. The sending high school provides transportation to EVIT for either the morning or afternoon program. Most students register during their junior year for the two-year program.
The sending high school provides transportation to EVIT for either the morning or afternoon program. Most students register during their junior year for the two-year program.
The school accepts three methods of payment. When students can afford it, they pay in full prior to classes starting. There are also payment plans available. If a student is unable to pay through either of these methods, they may seek help through the Foundation. The application period opens during the second week of classes, and students do not have to withdraw from the program prior to applying because of an inability to pay.
Family size and household income determine eligibility for financial assistance. If students fall within the federal guidelines for assistance, they receive automatic approval for full financial assistance. This is the case for 99% of program applicants. If students do not meet these guidelines but have circumstances that prevent them from paying the fee, the application moves to the Foundation Financial Aid Committee for review and recommendation. The Foundation Board has the final say with regard to the distribution of funds.
Once a student receives approval for financial assistance, the Foundation pays the approved fee costs directly to EVIT, where they become part of a student’s debt. The application process is open all year, helping new students in need of assistance as well as students whose circumstances suddenly changed, leaving them unable to pay their remaining debt. About 85% of the financial aid given undergoes approval at the beginning of the fall semester. The remainder of the requests come in during the spring semester.
If a student withdraws from class before using provided fees, the funds go back to the Foundation. This usually happens within the first couple of weeks of class. Once the class is underway, a student has typically already spent funds on uniforms, program equipment and so on.
EVIT has four campuses, with the main campus in Downtown Mesa and a second Mesa location located adjacent to the Gateway Airport. Additional campuses are in Apache Junction and Fountain Hills. Not all programs are available at all four campuses. Students attend the campus located closest to their home school that offers the program they wish to take.