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Institutional Methodology 2014-2015

The University of Arizona (UA) remains committed to ensuring that every student who qualifies for institutional aid receives it. In an effort to accurately consider students for institutional grant funds, the UA's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) uses Institutional Methodology (IM) for select groups of incoming students. Similar to Federal Methodology (FM), which is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), IM determines a family's ability to pay for college costs but is more comprehensive than the FM calculation. The UA bases its IM calculation on the College Board's CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (PROFILE) for two groups of freshman students. All students who complete and submit the FAFSA will be awarded federal financial aid based on the student's aid eligibility determined by FAFSA. 

Who will be asked to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

By Invitation only:
  • Students who meet the following criteria will be invited to complete the PROFILE to determine Arizona Assurance eligibility. If chosen to be an Arizona Assurance Scholar, the student will receive additional institutional financial aid in addition to being eligible for certain academic support services.
    • Arizona Resident
    • Family income (wages or adjusted gross income) of $42,400 or below and be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant
    • Unweighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)*
    • Submit an application for admission and all required supporting materials to UA by March 1st
    • Complete the FAFSA by March 1st (UA code is 001083)
    • Dependent student
    • Enroll full-time at the UA directly after high school
  • Students who meet the following criteria will be invited to complete the PROFILE to determine eligibility for institutional grant funds:
    • Non-Resident students
    • First time, full-time freshmen
    • Transfer students
    • Submit an application for admission and all required supporting materials to the University of Arizona by April 1st
    • Complete the FAFSA by April 1st
    • FAFSA EFC ≤ $25,000

Students are notified by invitation only if they should complete the PROFILE for institutional grant fund consideration. Students should complete the PROFILE only if OSFA has requested that they do so. If OSFA has not requested that the student complete the PROFILE, the completion of this application will be of no benefit to the student.

Students will be notified of the invitation to complete the PROFILE via:

  • Their Next Steps Center
  • Their UAccess Student Center To Do List
  • UA Email
If the parents of the student are divorced/separated/never married or are living separately, the noncustodial parent will be asked to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP). Students who are unable to complete the NCP may submit a Request for Waiver of Noncustodial PROFILE. Students should speak with their Financial Aid Counselor if they feel they qualify to submit this request.
 

Important Dates/Deadlines:

Keep in mind the sooner all requested information is received, the sooner our office will be able to notify you of your institutional grant funds eligibility.

For the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program:

1/1/2014

FAFSA application available

Profile application available

3/1/2014

Complete UA Application submitted

Complete FAFSA submitted

3/31/2014

Complete PROFILE submitted (with NCP application if necessary)

5/1/2014

Final deadline to submit the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE or Noncustodial Parent Waiver (if applicable)

Date by which rejected FAFSA must be cleared in order to be considered for the additional institutional grant funds

IRS Data Retrieval or Tax Transcripts must be submitted (if requested by OSFA)

8/20/2014 Priority Date for Appeals and housing changes

For nonresident institutional grant funding

1/1/2014

FAFSA application available

PROFILE application available

4/1/2014

Complete UA application submitted

Complete FAFSA submitted

5/1/2014 Complete PROFILE submitted (with NCP application if necessary)
5/1/2014 Date by which rejected FAFSA must be cleared in order to be considered for institutional grant funds
Prior to Disbursements which begin in August
  • IRS Data Retrieval or Tax Transcripts must be submitted (if requested by OSFA)*
* The review of tax documents may change a student’s eligibility for aid. It is recommended that these are submitted in a timely manner to prevent any last minute changes or delays to aid.
 

How to Submit the Profile

Directions are available only to students invited by OSFA to complete the PROFILE via their Next Steps Center or their UAccess Student Center To Do List.
 
If students are having trouble completing the PROFILE application, it is recommended you review the following two resources provided by College Board.
 

Cost to Students

  • The initial cost for the 2014-2015 PROFILE application and one college or program report is $25. Additional college or program reports are $16 each.
  • The PROFILE service automatically provides fee waivers to domestic (U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens) first-time students from families with low incomes and limited assets.
 

Important Contacts & Customer Service

The College Board provides exceptional customer service. They can assist students and high school counselors in answering general questions as well as assist students with completing the PROFILE.
  • Students
    • Email: help@cssprofile.org
    • Phone: (305) 829-9793 (9a - 6p EST, Mon - Fri. Extended service hours: Mon - Fri, 8a - 10p, EST from January – April. Subject to change.) TDD: (800) 915-9990
    • Web: profileonline.collegeboard.com
  • High School Counselors

Check out the PROFILE webinar by clicking here!

For additional assistance with filing the College Board PROFILE, click here!

  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, P.O. Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Phone: 520.621.1858
  • Fax: 520.621.9473