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As a graduate non-degree seeking student, do I qualify for Financial Aid?
Generally, graduate non-degree students are not eligible for federal financial aid. You must complete a Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Financial Aid Petition to be considered for financial aid. The form can be printed from our web page at Scholarships and Financial Aid Forms. If approved, you will only qualify for senior level loan(s) (if you have not borrowed your undergraduate lifetime maximum). This aid is only available for one consecutive 12-month period beginning on the first day of the loan period. The deadline to submit this form is the first day of class.
How do I apply for financial aid?
To be considered for federal financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every academic year.
What type of aid is a graduate student eligible to receive?
Graduate students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet the requirements listed below will be considered for federal financial aid which includes the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, and Federal Work Study.
Graduate students admitted to the UA Online campus will only be considered for federal financial aid, while students admitted to the UA Main campus may apply for additional aid not based on the FAFSA, such as fellowships, scholarships, and teaching and research assistantships.
What are the requirements to receive aid as a graduate student?
Graduate students who meet the following criteria can apply for financial aid through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Regularly admitted to a Graduate Program at the University of Arizona U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident enrolled for required credit hours during each semester that aid is received (a minimum of 5 during the fall and spring semesters, and a minimum of 5 during the summer.) If you are working on your dissertation, you only need to be registered for 3 units of 900 level.
Maintain a satisfactory academic standing (3.0+ GPA).
What expenses can I expect financial aid to cover for graduate studies?
We award aid based on an average budget for graduate students, which includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses, a small transportation allowance, and a miscellaneous allowance. In some cases, other necessary expenses (i.e. child care expenses) can also be covered. If your personal expenses are higher than our estimate, please complete a Cost of Attendance Re-evaluation form which can be downloaded from our webpage at Scholarships and Financial Aid Forms.
What is the tuition for my graduate program?
Each graduate school has various tuition amounts. Please see the Bursar’s web page at http://www.bursar.arizona.edu/students/fees/index.asp for tuition rates.
What is full time for a graduate student?
During the fall and spring semesters, most graduate students are considered full-time at 6 units for financial aid purposes. Summer full-time enrollment is 5 units. If a student is enrolled in less units, please inform our office.
I am a graduate student. What if I attend less than full-time?
It is possible to get aid for attending at least 5 hours during fall, spring, and summer sessions. Please contact your financial aid counselor to discuss your personal situation.
As a graduate student, where can I find additional sources of financial assistance?
Graduate students admitted to the UA Main campus may also qualify for financial assistance not based on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data. Check with your graduate department advisor for information on University Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. Private foundations and agencies are also a good source of fellowship, grant and loan funds to help pay for graduate education. The new Student Services Scholarship Project (SSSP) also offers information on scholarships for graduate students.
Graduate students admitted to the UA Online campus will only be considered for federal financial aid, which includes the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, and Federal Work Study.
Please remember: Any outside financial resources received must be reported to your financial aid counselor and may reduce the financial aid eligibility originally established by your FAFSA information.
What happens if I get a fellowship, scholarship, teaching-assistantship or research-assistantship?
If you are offered financial aid from non-federal or non-institutional sources, you must report these awards to OSFA as soon as you are made aware of them. Federal regulations require that your financial aid awards be based on the difference between your estimated cost of attendance and your available resources (calculated Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA and sources of outside assistance). OSFA will recalculate your financial aid award offer based on this information, and you will receive a revised award letter.
Graduate students admitted to the UA Online campus will only be considered for federal financial aid including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, and Federal Work Study. If a graduate student switches from UA Main campus to UA Online campus, any institutional financial aid, including fellowships, scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships will be forfeited.
How do I obtain a teaching assistantship or fellowship?
Graduate teaching, research assistantships, and fellowships are awarded by individual academic departments. You must contact the graduate advisor in your department. Applicants interested in being considered should inform the graduate advisor in their program as soon as possible.
Graduate students admitted to the UA Online campus will only be considered for federal financial aid including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, and Federal Work Study and are therefore not eligible to apply for a teaching assistantship and/or fellowship.
How do teaching assistantships affect financial aid?
Depending on your appointment time, you will receive a tuition award that must be calculated in your financial aid package. Financial aid must be re-evaluated whenever a teaching assistantship is awarded, even if you have already accepted/received awards.
How do Fellowships affect financial aid?
Financial aid must be re-evaluated whenever a fellowship is awarded, even if you have already accepted/received awards.
I am receiving a Tuition Waiver and/or Stipend. How does this affect my aid?
Financial aid must be re-evaluated whenever a waiver, scholarship, remission, stipend, fellowship or other assistance is awarded even if you have already accepted/received awards.
What is a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) fee reduction certificate?
If eligible, this certificate can be applied toward the test fees for one general test and/or one subject test. The GRE fee reduction certificate pays half of the cost of the test.
Do I qualify for a GRE fee reduction?
To qualify for a GRE fee reduction you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien and:
- A dependent senior with a parent contribution of no more than $1,400 or
- A self-supporting senior with a contribution of no more than $1,800 or
- A self-supporting unenrolled college graduate with a contribution of no more than $1,800
How do I get a GRE fee reduction certificate?
Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid so we can determine if you are eligible.
Once I get my GRE fee reduction certificate, what do I go with it?
You submit the form to the testing center. You may only receive one certificate, so make sure you are prepared for your test. The form cannot be replaced, so do not lose it. We also suggest you make a copy for your records as many graduate colleges will waive your admissions application fees if you provide a copy of the GRE fee reduction certificate to them.