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From CA to AZ: How I Pay for College

When it was time to choose a college, Kara knew she wanted something new and different. Originally from San Diego, she left California’s beaches for the Sonoran Desert and leveraged the University of Arizona’s scholarships for out-of-state students to achieve her dream college experience.

About Kara Yagade

Major: Public Health

Graduating in: 2022

From: San Diego, California

Why did you choose the University of Arizona over your options in California?

I grew up in San Diego and I lived there my whole life, so I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and go somewhere out of state. When I came to tour the University of Arizona, I knew I belonged here. I absolutely loved everything about it.

Was financial aid an important factor when you were choosing a college?

Financial aid was a decent factor when choosing a college. The University of Arizona offered many scholarships to me, and the Guaranteed Tuition Program ensured that I would be paying the same amount for all four years.

What methods are you using to pay for college?

I have been using the Arizona Tuition Award for non-resident students that the university offered me. In addition, I applied for many more scholarships when I got into the university, which helped out a lot.

What advice would you give future college students?

Apply for scholarships as soon as you’re admitted. Scholarship Universe is a great resource for admitted students because there are many different types of scholarships that you can apply for. I have had friends who received multiple scholarships this way. It is super accessible and easy to use.

What’s your favorite thing about being a Wildcat?

My favorite thing about being a Wildcat is the pride and love that I feel when I say I go to the University of Arizona. This university changed my life and helped me grow into the person that I have always wanted to be.

Ready to start your journey to Wildcat Country? Find out which scholarships you could be eligible for. And remember, you could find even more funding opportunities through Scholarship Universe or your academic college once you’re admitted.


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