U of A, Arizona Assurance Program Offers Extra Support for Select Incoming Freshmen

The University of Arizona has many programs to ensure students from all backgrounds not only attend the university but also graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in hand. According to the UA website, “Arizona Assurance (AZA) is a program that was created to increase the number of low-income, Arizona residents attending and graduating from the University of Arizona. AZA provides both financial aid and support services; both work together to retain and graduate students. This is achieved through first-year transition programming, mentoring, leadership building, career development, graduate/professional school preparation, and preparing for life after college.”

While many students and families may be interested in this type of additional support, there are eligibility requirements. For additional information consult the Arizona Assurance Program website

  • Submit your FAFSA and a completed University of Arizona Admissions application (application, transcripts and application fee) by January 31st
  • The FAFSA must be official and free of errors by January 31st. 
  • Demonstrate a total annual family income of $60,000 or less on the FAFSA.*
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as calculated by the FAFSA, of 4000 or less AND be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.* Click here for instructions as to how to view your calculated EFC on your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Earn a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 in required core academic courses from the first six semesters of high school.
  • Be admitted to University of Arizona Main Campus for Fall 2020. 
  • Be a confirmed Resident of the state of Arizona for tuition purposes no later than January 31st.
  • Enroll in courses at University of Arizona as a first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshman(i.e. students who did not attend any higher education institution including Community Colleges, Universities, or International post-secondary education schools after high school graduation).

*The total annual family income, EFC and Federal Pell Grant eligibility must be based on actual 2018 tax information. Income adjustments based on an approved Special Circumstances Form will not be considered for AZA consideration.

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