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Bear Down! University of Arizona Promises Four-Year Tuition Coverage for All students with Financial Need

On September 12, 2019, University of Arizona announced that beginning fall 2020, all full-time incoming freshmen who qualify for the federal Pell Grant program will have 100% of their tuition covered for four years at the main campus in Tucson! Under the University of Arizona Pell Pledge Grant, in-state freshmen who display financial need based on their FAFSA application and qualify for the Pell grants will be guaranteed multiple funding sources that cover their tuition costs for four years. Grants do not have to be paid back. UA tuition including mandatory fees for the 2019-2020 school year for an Arizona resident is $13,290 at the main campus in Tucson. You can read the university’s official announcement here.


According to the official announcement:

To receive the Pell Pledge Grant, a student must:

  • Apply to the University of Arizona and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] by March 1, 2020
  • Qualify for Federal Pell Grants, which are given to students with financial need
  • Hold Arizona residency
  • Be a domestic, first-time freshman
  • Attend the University of Arizona’s main campus in Tucson

City High encourages students to complete the FAFSA application as soon as possible once the application opens on October 1, 2019. We will be hosting a FAFSA workshop with experts from the UA and Pima for City students and their families on Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-7pm. As always, check the College and Career page on City’s website for up-to-date information and important deadlines for post-high school options.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities for College Planning

By now, City High seniors have spent at least some time considering what they want to do once they graduate high school. September is a busy month for planning ahead for college and career, and several opportunities to explore post-high school plans are happening this month. 

On Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30-7pm, Southern Arizona Big Brothers Big Sisters is hosting a College and Career Fair at 37 E. Pennington. ALL City High students and their families are encouraged to come and gather information about the college application process, student life, and degree programs for:

-University of Arizona

-Northern Arizona University

-Arizona State University

-Pima Community College

-Pima Medical Institute

Carrington College 

-Brookline College

Additionally, recruiters from the Army, Navy, Marines, and Job Corps will be in attendance. 


On Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19, representatives from some of the top colleges across the US will be hosting an information session at the Tucson Marriott University Park located on the UA campus. Registration information can be found below:

Exploring Educational Options with Representatives from many Colleges

(Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice, University of Chicago)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Tucson Marriott University Park

880 E 2nd St

Tucson, AZ 85719-4838


Exploring College Options with Representatives from many Colleges

(Harvard, Georgetown, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford) 

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Tucson Marriott University Park

880 E 2nd St

Tucson, AZ 85719-4838



Lastly, the annual Tucson College Night will take place at the Tucson Convention Center on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm with free admission and parking. Over 200 college representatives from all over the United States will be present to talk to students and parents, answer questions, and hand out materials. 

If you have any questions about college, SAT or ACT tests, FAFSA, or post-high school plans, you can always reach out to City High’s College and Career Pathways Coordinator, Alisha Vasquez.

Metropolitan Education Commission: Assistance Applying for College & Volunteer Opportunities

During Whole School Meeting on Wednesday, September 4, Ed Nossem from the Metropolitan Education Commission discussed the opportunity for City High students to participate in the 9th annual Youth Advisory Council. According to the MEC website, the Youth Advisory Council “provide[s] youth/student input on policies and programs designed to improve the quality of education throughout Pima County and to engage in activities, which foster leadership, citizenship, and the best educational opportunities for all Tucson youth. The YAC has been identified and utilized as an important contributor to the City of Tucson and Pima County community organizations to increase youth civic involvement.” Students are encouraged to join the Youth Advisory Council; meetings take place on Mondays twice monthly, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Santa Rosa Library, 1075 S. 10th Avenue. The application is located at

Among its many services provided free of charge to students in Pima County, MEC offers free college planning, financial aid, and assistance with FAFSA and college and scholarship applications. Book an appointment today!

In addition to MEC, this Saturday, September 7 from 9am-1pm a free College Application and Resource Fair will take place at Tucson High. Keep an eye out for updates on the new and improved Upcoming College Events and Important Dates page on the College and Career page of City High’s website as well as our new Scholarships, Grants, Volunteer Opportunities, and Contests page. 

2019-2020 Senior Internship Program

All City High School seniors take part in a senior internship based on their interest that enables them to explore career options and gain work experience before graduating. On Thursday, August 29 at 6pm all seniors and their internship mentors will meet at 37 E. Pennington to solidify the internships for the 2019-2020 school year. Internship Coordinator, Alisha Vasquez, will go over City High expectations of our student interns, their mentors, provide important information for both students and mentors, and field any outstanding questions. 

Some of the exciting internships that our seniors will experience include working with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, the Arizona Theater Company, Sonoran Glass, Banner Medical Center, and the Pima Air and Space Museum. Seniors will present on their internship experiences to their peers and invited community guests at the CHS Career Day in February 2020. You can visit our website for more information on the student internships.