• 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 individual 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

    Next Steps Center

    Once you are admitted, please check out the Next Steps Center. This is a student’s one-stop shop to make sure anything and everything needed to enroll is completed.

    Honors College Decision Release - December 2nd The first release of Honors Decisions was December 2nd. This is for students who met the early application deadline of November 3rd. There is still time to apply by the final deadline, February 14th. Be sure to apply to UArizona and complete the Honors College application through their UA Future page. The final Honors application deadline is February 14th, with a decision notification beginning March 2nd.

    New Start Application is Live For more than 50 years, students have started their journey to a UArizona degree with New Start. This 6-week, summer bridge program allows incoming UA freshmen the opportunity to get ahead, earning 6-7 units of credit, and seamlessly transition to life as a Wildcat. The program boasts a nearly 6-10% higher retention rate compared to the general UA student body. There are also great financial benefits available to Arizona residents and students who qualify for a summer Pell Grant. You can check out all of the great financial benefits/opportunities here. The New Start application is only available to admitted students. They can find the application through their UA Future page (the same place where students complete the initial UA application).

    AZ-HOPE scholarships application opened November 10th.  Seniors 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.

    Students who have been admitted to the university are encouraged to check out our https://financialaid.arizona.edu/ScholarshipUniverse website as scholarship season is happening NOW.

    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

    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

    Important Deadlines:

    Regular ASU application date Students can submit the online ASU admission application or apply to ASU via the Common Application.

    FAFSA priority date Submitting a complete, accurate FAFSA by Jan. 15 means your students will maximize the amount of financial aid they may receive in grants and other forms of gift aid. ASU’s Federal School Code is 001081.

    Obama Scholars Program To be considered for the Obama Scholars Program, students must submit a completed application for admission, including application fee or waiver, official transcripts and test scores, as well as the FAFSA, by Jan. 15.

    Barrett, The Honors College regular admission date Barrett, The Honors College is a selective honors experience for outstanding students that offers exclusive research, internship and study abroad opportunities. Students must apply to Barrett through a separate application to be admitted. Barrett applications may be submitted before an ASU admission decision is received. Students who submit the Barrett application on or before Jan. 15 will receive an admission decision by Feb. 28.

    Public Service Academy Students who join the Next Generation Service Corps at ASU are committed to more than academic achievement and career preparation. This program builds a culture of service in future leaders who will go on to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges. The early action deadline is Jan. 15.

    ASU Future Law Scholars With ASU’s Future Law Scholars program, students don’t have to wait until they've earned a bachelor’s degree and gotten into law school to start earning a JD. Benefits of the ASU Future Law Scholars program include networking, a seminar series and mentorship from current law school students.

    Entrepreneurship + Innovation Fellows For students who are ready to think big and make their mark at ASU, look no further than our E + I Fellowship. Entrepreneurship and innovation are big parts of what ASU is all about. With this scholar program, students will have the opportunity to express their creativity and inner innovators. The early action deadline is Jan. 15.

    Fleischer Scholars Program High school juniors interested in business are invited to participate in the Fleischer Scholars Program, a free one-week summer program focused on entrepreneurship and business education at ASU’s Tempe campus. Space is limited, so early application is encouraged. The early decision deadline is Jan. 15. 

    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. Students should 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.

Last Modified on January 8, 2020