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How to Apply for Aid: Freshmen (Incoming)

This page provides step-by-step instructions for incoming UA students interested in applying for federal financial aid. By completing your FAFSA, you are applying for grants, loans, and work-study. Follow the steps below to apply for your aid.

The FAFSA does not include scholarship opportunities. Incoming freshmen students may research and apply for scholarships on the Financial Aid scholarships page.

Apply for Admission at The University of Arizona:

When you submit your admission application you are considered for:

  • UA Admission
  • The Honors College (consideration prior to May 1, 2017)
  • Merit Scholarships (consideration prior to May 1, 2017)

Merit scholarships are based on criteria such as grades, difficulty of high school courses and test scores. The Admission Application must be complete by May1st to be considered. Be sure to include your social security number on the application if you are applying for merit and need-based financial aid.

When to apply for Federal Financial Aid:

High school students should apply during the spring of their senior year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available October1st of each year. Since funding for various programs is limited, we recommend you apply by February 14th to meet the March 1st priority date.

Where to apply:

Complete your FAFSA online at Be sure the information is for the appropriate year in which you are applying for UA admission.

What you need:

When applying, you will need a copy of the prior-prior year’s Federal Tax Return for both you, and if dependent, your parent(s). You also will need the UA school code which is 001083. You should apply for a FSA ID for you, and if dependent, your parent at so you can sign the FAFSA electronically.

After applying:

The Federal Central Processor System will send a confirmation to you entitled, Student Aid Report (SAR).  Students must review the report for accuracy and make any corrections or changes according to the instructions. If the SAR is correct, students should keep it for their records. The University of Arizona, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will receive your FAFSA/SAR information electronically.

How you are notified:

After you are admitted to the UA, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will review the FAFSA/SAR information, and determine the types and amounts of aid for which you are eligible.  You will receive Financial Aid Notification, which lists the aid you may receive while attending The University of Arizona for the upcoming year.

Check your Financial Aid Status:

Frequently utilize UAccess to check the status of your financial aid.  Be sure to respond promptly to any requests made by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

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