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How do I apply for grants?

To apply for all state and federal grants, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ideally, before the application priority deadline of March 1st. Grant eligibility primarily depends on the level of financial need determined by information from the FAFSA.

How do I know if I am eligible for Grants?

Grant eligibility is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), enrollment and other factors.

What is a Federal Pell Grant?

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. The amount that any student may receive varies and is dependent upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment. At UA, Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students.

How much money can I get in a Pell Grant?

How much you receive will depend on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your enrollment. You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

Can I receive a Federal Pell Grant if I am enrolled less than half time?

It depends upon your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). You will need to let your counselor know if you will be attending less than full time to determine your eligibility.

What is the difference between the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Pell Grant?

The U.S. Department of Education guarantees that each participating school will receive enough money to pay the Federal Pell Grants to its eligible students. There is no guarantee every eligible student will be able to receive the FSEOG. Students at each school may be awarded an FSEOG based on the availability of funds at that school. Submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1st in order to determine your eligibility for grant funding.

What is a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)?

FSEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) are given priority. An FSEOG does not have to be paid back.

What is a University Grant?

This is gift aid from the state of Arizona.  Grants do not need to be accepted or repaid. This grant is based on need. Apply before our priority deadline of March 1st. You may begin completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1st every year.

What is a Financial Aid Trust Grant?

This is gift aid from the state of Arizona.  Grants do not need to be accepted or repaid. This grant is based on need. Apply before our priority deadline of March 1st. You may begin completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1st every year.

How do I receive my grants?

You do not need to accept your grants.  If your enrollment matches full-time and all requests from our office are met, your grant(s) will credit to your Bursar account. If you are enrolled in less than full-time you need to inform our office. We will adjust your grant(s) accordingly. Contact Bursar for questions regarding refunds.

Why didn’t I get the same amount of grants as last year?

The availability of grant funds, other than Federal Pell Grant, varies from year to year. The amount you receive depends on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), enrollment, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data changes, changes to your major or grade level and meeting the UA FAFSA priority processing date of March 1st.

Are the grants I received last year included on my income tax return?

The staff at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) are not trained as tax consultants, you may want to view the tax information on our web page at Tax Information and/or contact your tax accountant.

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