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!
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:
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. You will need to complete flagged items in teh "Getting Started" section before checking out exciting items such as the housing application, enrollment fee and orientation dates.
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.
Admitted Student Day - April 4
On Admitted Student Day, admitted students can test out everything Wildcat Life has to offer. Admitted students will hear about the resources and knowledge they have access to, but more importantly, fully grasp what student life at the University of Arizona will bring. Students and families will have the opportunity to tour dorms, participate in mock classes and meet fellow future Wildcats. Registration for students is availalble here.
FAFSA Priority filing date:
The University of Arizona's priority filing date to submit the FAFSA is March 1, 2020. Students are not required to apply by the priority filing date, but it is highly recommended due to the limied availability of need-based funds such as grants and Federal Work Study. Priority filing dates do not affect eligibility for the Federal Pell Grand or Federal Direct Loans or many merit scholarships.
Financial Aid Verification Flags
Teh Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid has started the process of FAFSA verification. Verification is the confirmation that what a student notes on their FAFSA is accurate. Select students will be asked to verify their FAFSA info. Please be sure to check your UA email account and stay on top of any pending to-dos in the Next Steps Center or in your UAccess Student Center.
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).
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.
Check out the link below for information on the new requirements for the Lumberjack Scholarship:
- Meet with advisors to plan their college journey.
- Register for classes with the most scheduling options.
- Connect with their future classmates.
- Tour a residential community.
- Learn about all the resources available to them as Sun Devils.
FAFSA Verification Items:
Students who have submitted a FAFSA might be selected for verification. This means that you will need to provide additional documentation to support the information you provided in the FAFSA. If you have questions about this process or need help, please check to the find my rep webpage. Our admission team is happy to help!
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 second deadline is March 15.
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.