• Public 4 Year Colleges (AZ)

    Arizona has three public, state universities and they are very different in locale, size and culture.  While they offer many of the same degree programs, each one is different so do some exploring to find your best fit!

    Arizona State University

    Northern Arizona University

    University of Arizona

    Please note that while the U of A and ASU are on the Common Application, if you are only applying to one or both of them it is less expensive to use the school's website.

    Test scores: Beginning with Fall 2016 applications, ACT and SAT scores are no longer required for consideration for general admission.  Scores are still required for consideration of financial/merit aid and Honors Colleges, as well as some specific colleges within the universities.  Please check the individual university websites to make sure you know which ones are requiring test scores.  All test scores need to come directly from either College Board or ACT in order to be used for merit aid and Honors College consideration.

    News and Information from our three state schools:

    University of Arizona

    • AZ-HOPE scholarships application will open this Sunday, November 10th. Seniors in high school who will enroll at the University of Arizona or a community college in Arizona and are pursuing a pre-health or allied health degree can apply. The attached document gives more information.
    • The University of Arizona KEYS Research Internship Program is a unique opportunity for motivated Arizona high school students to spend their summer exploring real-world scientific research on the UA campus. Students enroll at the University and receive 3 units of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Students spend their summer working in the laboratory completing research projects. At the end of the program, students present their research at our very well attended Research Showcase. Applications are available now at https://keys.arizona.edu/.

    There are only two application requirements: the student must be 16 by the start of the program and must be an Arizona resident. Strong candidates are academically competitive. We recommend students have completed biology or chemistry before participating in KEYS. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019.

    The only program costs are for room and board for students from outside of Tucson. Financial aid is available on a need basis.

    For additional information about the program, or other programs at the UA for high school students, please contact keys@bio5.org or (520) 626-8124. Attached is a flyer with more details!

    • Arizona Assurance (AZA) invitations for the 2020-2021 academic year are officially underway! NEW for 2020-2021 is that selected AZA students will receive funding to help cover tuition, fees and housing for four years!!

    Invitation eligibility criteria effective for 2020-2021 is posted on the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website: https://financialaid.arizona.edu/types-of-aid/arizona-assurance/high-school-seniors. In addition to important dates and deadlines, the web-page also has helpful resources for students and parents when completing the Resource Evaluation. 

    Students who are required to submit the Non-Custodial Parent Resource Evaluation but would like to be considered for a waiver can submit the 2020-2021 Request for Waiver of Non-Custodial Information form. The 2020-2021 form is available here: https://financialaid.arizona.edu/sites/financialaid.arizona.edu/files/documents/forms/20-21NCPWaiver.pdf. Form submission guidelines are listed at the bottom of this page: https://financialaid.arizona.edu/forms.The

    New Start Summer Program application is now open as of Nov. 4th! Information on the program can be found here: https://newstart.arizona.edu/

    Did you know that the U of A offers tours in Spanish every Monday? If you would prefer to visit campus with a presentation and tour in Spanish, please visit: https://slate.admissions.arizona.edu/portal/spanishtour.

    Northern Arizona University 

    Check out the link below for information on the new requirements for the Lumberjack Scholarship:

    NAU offers daily campus tours, special programs and events, and their virtual tour is the next best thing to being there in person. Learn more at nau.edu/visit

    Arizona State University

    Deadlines and opportunities for students:

    Now: The fall 2020 application for admission is open via ASU’s application or the Common Application. Now: ASU’s Scholarship Portal is open. Students don’t have to be admitted to ASU to begin applying for scholarships. Oct. 1: The 2020–2021 FAFSA opens. Remind your students to create their FSA ID prior to starting the FAFSA. Families will use their 2018 tax information. Nov. 1: ASU’s priority admission date. Nov. 1: Early action deadline to apply to Barrett, The Honors College. Students don’t have to be admitted to ASU to apply to Barrett. Students who have a complete Barrett application on file by the Nov. 1 early action deadline put themselves in the best possible position for a positive decision. Jan. 15: ASU’s priority filing date for the FAFSA and the Obama Scholars Program. For Obama Scholars consideration, students must submit their:

    • Completed application.
    • Application fee (or application fee waiver, if eligible).
    • Official six-semester graded transcript.
    • Senior class schedule with in-progress-courses.
    • Completed FAFSA

    New automatic application waiver

    The ASU application fee waiver is now automatic for eligible students. 


    When the student reaches the end of the application, they will see the following checkboxes under Pay & Submit

    If you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver, please select all that apply:

    • I have received or am eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver
    • I am enrolled in or am eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program
    • My annual family income falls within the eligibility guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
    • I am enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g.TRiO programs such as Upward Bound)
    • My family receives public assistance
    • I live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or am homeless
    • I am a ward of the state or an orphan
    • I can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer or community leader
    • I have received a NACAC fee waiver

    If they check any of these, they will see the following prompt: I certify that I understand and meet the eligibility requirements to request an admission application fee waiver. I also understand that I may be asked to submit verification of eligibility.

    Once the student has confirmed that all information is accurate, they will be prompted to sign and submit the application.

    If none of the circumstances apply to the student, they will select “None of these options apply to me.”

    They will then be prompted to pay the fee using a credit card or wire transfer, or they will have the option of deferring payment to a later date.

    For seniors interested in applying to Barrett, The Honors College at ASU: the application is now open.  Check out Barrett's website for more information about their program and the distinctive honors internships, research and travel opportunities also available to students in Barrett. 

    Be sure to follow these steps to apply:

    Step 1: First complete an ASU application before applying to the honors college.  You may start your Barrett application before you are admitted.

    Step 2: Apply to Barrett, The Honors College by the early action deadline of November 1st.

    Nov. 15 Applications for the 2020–2021 Public Service Academy and Entrepreneurship + Innovation cohorts open. These are competitive opportunities for students interested in leadership and entrepreneurship. Visit their websites for deadlines and eligibility requirements.

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