College is a big investment, but a University of Arizona education may be more affordable than you think. No matter your background or family’s financial situation, you have options to make it manageable. Read on to learn how students like you are funding their futures.
At Arizona, nine out of 10 students receive financial aid. That means most students pay less than the estimates shown here. By maximizing your financial aid – scholarships, grants, loans, or work-study – you can lower your costs while earning a degree that will pay you back for a lifetime.
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“Finding ways to pay for college can be very daunting. Thankfully, the University of Arizona provides so many resources to give you opportunities to make it work.”
—Mary, Chemical Engineering Major
Self-Help Aid + Out-of-Pocket Costs
“In my sophomore year, I applied to become a resident assistant and I have not looked back since. Not only has this experience helped me personally and academically, but it has also helped me tremendously financially.”
—David, Physiology Major
Self-Help Aid + Out-of-Pocket Costs
“I want other students to know that there are a lot of resources available to pay for school. Don’t let money be the reason you give up.”
—Cynthia, Business Administration
and Management Major
The key step to finding financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is how millions of students across the U.S. receive federal aid to help fund their college education. There is no cost to complete your FAFSA – all you need are a few financial documents.
FAFSA Open by January 1
*The FAFSA is undergoing a significant update this year, which is why this date looks different from past years.
Arizona School Code: 001083
FAFSA Priority Submission Date: April 1
Our Guaranteed Tuition Plan promises you stable tuition and mandatory fees for four years (eight consecutive semesters). No increases, no surprises.
Interested in dividing your tuition into smaller amounts that you pay over time? You may qualify to pay in installments thanks to our Tuition Payment Plan.
Your Arizona education will pay you back in many ways. But don’t just take our word for it. Become an Arizona Wildcat and you’ll see why we’re named a Best Value University by both the Princeton Review and Forbes.
Our Graduates Earn an Average Starting Salary of $54,900 (Highest Among Arizona’s Public Universities)
—According to U.S. News & World Report
Arizona Wildcats Are 12% Less Likely to Take Out Student Loans Than Students from Other Universities
—According to a Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness
A HEAD START
Nine Out of 10 Students Are Using University Services to Get Career-Ready Before Graduation
—According to a Universium Study
Nine out of 10 Alumni Report Their University of Arizona Education Was Worth the Cost
—According to a Gallup Study
When you apply and file your FAFSA, we’ll consider you for a wide range of scholarships like:
Merit-based scholarships for Arizona residents that are renewable for four consecutive years
Merit-based scholarships for non-Arizona residents that are renewable for four consecutive years
Need-based state grant program for Pell-eligible, Arizona resident first-year students that fills in the difference between a student’s tuition, mandatory fees, tuition differentials and program fees and all other gift aid the student receives.
Tuition awards of varying amounts available to National Scholars as determined by Preliminary SATs
Need-based, institutional grant award for non-Arizona residents and renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters
ANS is an institutional grant program that covers any remaining gap in tuition, mandatory fees, tuition differentials and program fees and all other gift aid. Eligible students must enroll in Main Campus, and be a Native American, Arizona Resident, Undergraduate student from one of Arizona’s 22 federally recognized tribes.
Wildcat and Arizona Tuition Awards can be used toward graduate tuition at University of Arizona for students who complete their undergraduate degree in less than four consecutive years.
Don’t forget to file your FAFSA using Arizona school code 001083 by our priority submission date of April 1. If you’ve already filed your FAFSA and been admitted to Arizona, you’ll be notified of your financial aid offer by our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will work with you to build a financial aid offer that could include one or more of the following options:
Gift aid includes scholarships and grants – money for college that doesn’t need to be repaid. This kind of aid can be merit-based or need-based and comes from a variety of sources.
Student self-help options includes Federal Work-Study and Federal Direct Student Loans. Students who accept and use self-help options are committing to either working while attending school and/or repaying loans borrowed as a student to supplement other financial aid and savings to pay for educational expenses.
Self-help aid includes loans, which require repayment over a set amount of time and usually with interest, Most federal loans have a six-month grace period, giving you time to land a job after graduation before your first payment is due. And if you’re worried about debt, LendEDU.com reports that our students who use loans graduate with nearly 10% less debt than the national average.
Self-help aid also includes Federal Work-Study, a financial aid program that provides part-time jobs for students who are determined eligible by the FAFSA. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.
Once you’re admitted, you’ll gain access to Scholarship Universe. This powerful scholarship-matching tool connects Wildcats to millions of dollars in funding each year.
If you have been admitted, you will be notified about your personal financial aid offer from our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. And when you’re ready, you can officially become an Arizona Wildcat by visiting your Next Steps Center.
Still Have Questions?
Our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is standing by, ready to help.
If you are a military member or a dependent, you may be eligible for tuition assistance and fee reimbursement.
Get information for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Dreamer students interested in applying to Arizona.
Eligible non-Arizona residents choosing specific majors may qualify for reduced tuition through the Western Undergraduate Exchange.
If you don’t currently live in the state of Arizona but graduated high school or earned your GED here, you could qualify for a special tuition rate.
Learn about unique funding opportunities available or speak with a staff member who specializes in tribal-related financial aid opportunities.
Get information about international student loans and scholarships, including our Global Wildcat Award.