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Financial aid resources from Arizona colleges and universities

ASU Financial Aid Programs

Arizona State University

Check out ASU's financial aid page here: ASU - What it costs

The President Barack Obama Scholars Program

View the the Obama Scholars Program on the ASU website, or download a PDF fact sheet for the 2012 program.

Description: The President Barack Obama Scholars Program offers a combination of grants, scholarships and work-study awards to incoming freshmen from low-income families at Arizona State University. These awards, which do not require repayment, cover the difference between the student's expected family contribution (as determined by the FAFSA) and the direct costs of attending the University, which include tuition, fees, and room, board and book allowances. The award lasts for eight consecutive, full-time semesters, as long as students continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for this financial aid program, you have to meet several criteria. You must:

  1. Be an Arizona resident admitted to ASU as full-time freshman pursuing your first undergraduate degree (or a Native American students high school senior from out of state who is eligible for in-state tuition).
  2. Meet all course competencies and at least one aptitude requirement, as defined by the ASU Freshmen Admission Requirements
  3. Enroll in ASU in the fall semester immediately following your graduation from high school.
  4. Have a total annual family income below a certain amount, according to your FAFSA. For 2012, this amount is $42,400.
  5. Pursue a major that is on campus. Online degrees are not eligible.

There are additional requirements to continue receiving the award after being selected initially.

Number of Awards: Varies. The awards are given out on a first-come, first-served basis to students who demonstrate eligibility, but there is a limited amount of money available from the program each year. Apply as soon as you can!

Award Value: Varies, based on your expected family contribution as defined by the FAFSA. This award is worth a significant amount of money for students who receive it.

Award Type: Financial need-based.

Application Process: Integrated with the rest of the financial aid application process at ASU. More information is available at the program home page, or from the ASU Financial Aid Office at 1-855-278-5080.

Application Due Date(s): Your FAFSA must be submitted complete and error-free by March 1. Your ASU admissions application, complete with test scores, transcript and application fee, must also be on file by March 1. Any additional documents requested by ASU must be submitted by June 1. These are hard deadlines with no exceptions, and you want to get your materials in even earlier if you can.

Scholarships

Visit the ASU scholarship search engine, or view the list of scholarships available from each ASU college.

Description: ASU offers a variety of scholarships on the basis of merit and/or need. The ASU scholarship search tool lets you sort nearly 100 scholarships by grade level, grade-point average (GPA), campus, financial need and more. Not all ASU scholarships are listed in the search tool, however, so make sure to check the full list of awards available from the various ASU colleges as well. You can find answers to many specific questions, as well as contact information for the ASU scholarship office, at the University's scholarship frequently asked questions page.

Eligibility: Every scholarship has different requirements, so check the ASU website for this information.

Number of Awards: Varies.

Award Value: Varies.

Award Type: Merit-based and financial need-based scholarships are both available.

Application Due Date: Most ASU scholarships require student action by a specified deadline. Deadlines vary, but most occur between December and March.

Application Process: Some scholarship applications are online, and others require paper applications. Many scholarships can be applied for using a single online "ASU General Scholarships Application," but don't ignore scholarships just because they require a little extra footwork!

Student Employment

View the student employment section of the ASU website.

Description:On- and off-campus employment opportunities are available to students who wish to work in order to meet education expenses, or believe the experience can be a valuable part of their education. Sometimes students will receive work-study awards as part of a financial aid package, but even if you are not eligible for work-study, many positions are available.

Contact: Call the ASU student employment office at (480) 965-5186, or email them at seo@asu.edu.

U of A Financial Aid Programs

University of Arizona

Arizona Assurance Scholars Program

View the Arizona Assurance Scholars page on the UA website, or download a PDF fact sheet for the 2012 program.

Description: The Arizona Assurance Scholars Program offers a combination of grants, scholarships and work-study awards to incoming freshmen from low-income families at the University of Arizona. These awards, which do not require repayment, cover the difference between the student's expected family contribution (as determined by the FAFSA) and the direct costs of attending the University, which include tuition, fees, and room, board and book allowances. The award lasts for eight consecutive, full-time semesters, as long as students continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for this financial aid program, you have to meet several criteria. You must:

  1. Be an Arizona resident admitted to the UA as full-time freshman pursuing your first undergraduate degree.
  2. Enroll in the UA in the fall semester immediately following your graduation from high school.
  3. Have a total annual family income below a certain amount, according to your FAFSA. For 2012, this amount is $42,400.
  4. Be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, also determined by your FAFSA.
  5. Have earned an unweighted, cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

There are additional requirements to continue receiving the award after being selected initially.

Number of Awards: Varies. Meeting the eligibility requirements makes you eligible for selection for an Arizona Assurance award, but does not guarantee it.

Award Value: Varies, based on your expected family contribution as defined by the FAFSA. This award is worth a significant amount of money for students who receive it.

Award Type: Financial need-based

Application Process: Integrated with the rest of the financial aid application process at the UA. More information is available at the program home page, from the UA Office of Admissions at (520) 621-3237, or from the UA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at (520) 621-1858.

Application Due Date(s): Your FAFSA must be submitted by March 1. Your UA admissions application, complete with test scores, transcript and application fee, must also be on file by March 1. Any additional documents requested by the UA must be submitted by May 1. If there were errors or missing information in your original FAFSA submission, these must also be corrected by May 1. These are hard deadlines with no exceptions, and you want to get your materials in even earlier if you can.

Scholarships

View the UA Scholarship Universe search engine, or visit the UA scholarships homepage.

Description: The UA offers a variety of scholarships on the basis of merit and/or need. UA Scholarship Universe helps you find scholarships that you are eligible for by asking you a series of questions. You should also look at the list of scholarships for freshmen and transfer students listed on the main UA scholarships page.

Eligibility: Every scholarship has different requirements. Eligibility criteria for a number of scholarships are listed on the UA Scholarship Terms and Conditions page (2012-2013 version). Scholarships that you find through the Scholarship Universe search engine will list their eligibility requirements there, or on their own websites.

Number of Awards: Varies.

Award Value: Varies.

Award Type: Merit-based and financial need-based scholarships are both available.

Application Due Date: Deadlines vary, but many UA scholarships require that you be admitted to the UA by March 1 or May 1. Apply early, and read the scholarship guidelines carefully!

Application Process: Several UA merit scholarships use the UA's standard admissions application, so you only need to complete that one application process. Other scholarships require FAFSA paperwork and separate paper or online applications.

Student Employment

View the work-study page at the UA financial aid website, or visit the UA Career Services page on student employment.

Description:On- and off-campus employment opportunities are available to students who wish to work in order to meet education expenses, or believe the experience can be a valuable part of their education. Sometimes students will receive work-study awards as part of a financial aid package, but even if you are not eligible for work-study, many positions are available.

Contact: If you have questions about work-study at the UA, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at (520) 621-1858, or email them at askaid@email.arizona.edu. If you have questions about student employment in general, contact UA Career Services at (520) 621-2588, or find them on Twitter @uacareersvcs or on Facebook at UACareerServices.

Pima Financial Aid Programs

Pima Community College

Pima Community College Foundation Scholarships

Visit the Pima Community College Foundation Scholarships page on the Pima website.

Description: The Pima Community Collge Foundation awards more than 50 different scholarships to Pima Community College students. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, disability status, career goals and course of study.

Eligibility: Each scholarship has different requirements, so you'll need to read the descriptions carefully. Unfortunately, eligibility information for most Foundation scholarships is not available without registering on STARS, Pima's scholarship search site. You can find details about a few scholarships that have separate, paper applications in the Foundation Scholarships section of Pima's website.

Number of Awards: Varies.

Award Value: Varies.

Award Type: Merit-based and financial need-based scholarships are both available.

Application Due Date: Varies.

Application Process: Most Pima Foundation scholarships use a unified online application called STARS. If you're thinking of applying to Pima, don't forget to create an account there.

Chancellor's Recognition Scholarship

Visit the Chancellor's Recognition Scholarship page on the Pima website.

Description: The Chancellorís Recognition Scholarship provides an award covering one full year of full-time enrollment at Pima Community College. It is awarded to graduating Pima County high school students who meet certain academic and merit criteria, with a particular focus on on "overcoming obstacles... [an] ability to engage and motivate others, and/or strong commitment to community development."

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Chancellor's Recognition Scholarship, you must have:

  1. A minimum high school GPA of 2.75.
  2. A history of participation in school or community activities.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a high school counselor or teacher that addresses the studentís potential for college success and leadership.

Number of Awards: Varies.

Award Value: The award covers one year of full-time enrollment at Pima.

Award Type: Merit-based and service-based.

Application Due Date: Usually late April.

Application Process: Visit the scholarship homepage for details. If you have questions about the scholarship, contact Leticia Menchaca, Pima's Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Services, at (520) 206-4973.

Pima Book Scholarship

Visit the Pima Book Scholarship page on the Pima website.

Description: Students who meet certain academic requirements are eligible to receive these $300 scholarships. The award lasts for two consecutive semesters, and is intended to be used to purchase textbooks.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Pima Book Scholarship, you must:

  1. Be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
  2. Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or a minimum score of 550 on the GED.
  3. Have an expected family contribution of between $4,301 and $6,700 on the FAFSA.
  4. Not be receiving financial aid from any other post-secondary institution.
  5. Not be eligible for Pima Community College staff or dependent tuition waivers.
  6. Be registered for a minimum of 6 credits.

Number of Awards: Varies. Scholarships are awarded until funds run out for the current year.

Award Value: $300, awarded once each in two consecutive semesters.

Award Type: Merit-based and financial need-based.

Application Due Date: Usually early June.

Application Process: There is an online application for this scholarship. Visit the scholarship homepage for details, or call (520) 206-4973 with questions.

Pima Student Grant Program

Visit the Pima Student Grants page on the Pima website.

Description: Pima awards two different types of grants to qualifying students. The Aztec Activity Grant is awarded to students who meet academic requirements and demonstrate a commitment to community service, volunteer and/or student life activities. The Pima Opportunity Grant is awarded to students who meet academic requirements and demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility: Both grants have similar requirements. To begin with, you must:

  1. Be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
  2. Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or a minimum score of 450 on the GED.
  3. Not be receiving financial aid from any other post-secondary institution.
  4. Not be eligible for Pima Community College staff or dependent tuition waivers.
  5. Be registered for a minimum of 6 credits.

Other requirements vary. The Pima Opportunity Grant requires that you have an expected family contribution of between $4,301 and $6,700 on the FAFSA. The Aztec Grant requires that you submit a completed application that covers your volunteer work.

Number of Awards: Varies. Scholarships are awarded until funds run out for the current year.

Award Value: Varies. Both grants provide "provide full or partial tuition & fees."

Award Type: Merit-based and financial need-based.

Application Due Date: Students eligible for the Opportunity Grant will be notified. The Aztec Grant application has several components, each with a different due date.

Application Process: Both scholarships have online applications. However, there are also paper forms to complete as part of the Aztec Grant application. These are available on the Aztec Grant homepage. If you have questions about either Student Grant, call (520) 206-4973.

Adelante Program

Visit the Adelante Program page on the Pima website.

Description: Adelante is a grant program at Pima Community College which provides significant financial awards to male Latino students who meet certain academic and financial requirements. Unfortunately, as of Fall, 2011, the program is on hold and not accepting new applicants, but it's worth keeping an eye on in case it opens up again.

Eligibility: To be eligible for an Adelante grant, you must:

  1. Be a Latino male.
  2. Have an expected familiy contribution of less than $5,273 on your FAFSA.
  3. Have accumulated no more than 45 PCC credits prior to beginning the program.
  4. Be enrolled in at least six credits for the upcoming semester.

There are additional requirements to continue receiving the award after being selected initially.

Number of Awards: As of Fall, 2011, there are no awards currently available. Adelante grants are limited when available, so eligibility does not guarantee that you will receive one.

Award Value: Up to $4,500 over three semesters for full-time students. Part-time students can receive up to $2,100 over three semesters.

Award Type: Merit-based and financial need-based.

Application Due Date: Not applicable until the program reopens.

Application Process: Not applicable until the program reopens, but call the Adelante program at (520) 206-3021 with any questions.