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Financial Planning and Resources

Financial Planning and Resources

Financial Planning

There are various types of financial assistance that can help you cover the costs associated with college. UA offers a wide array of scholarship programs. Every student is considered for scholarships as long as a complete application for admission, transcripts and test scores have been received.

To apply for need-based aid, U.S. citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your information sent to UA, specify the UA school code — 001083. For additional information on how to apply for financial aid visit our How to Apply page.

To ensure you get the best financial package, be sure to complete a FAFSA by March 1st and have a complete Admissions Application (application, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores) by May 1st.

College Cost Reduction

For a listing of useful tips that can help you reduce your college expenses visit our Cash Managing Tips page.

Financial Planning for Parents (Coming Soon!)
In addition to this helpful information, listen to OSFA on the Air “Parents Guide to Financial Aid”

Tax Savings

AZ Family College Savings Program (529 Plan)

The Arizona Family College Savings Program (529 Plan) is a Section 529 college savings plan sponsored by the State of Arizona through the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education. The 529 Plan is designed to help families meet the rising costs of a higher education. The Program offers an easy, flexible, and tax-advantaged way to save for college.

Click here for more information


Financial Resources

Check Your Eligibility

Arizona Self Help
Screening tool that helps people determine their eligibility for social services

Food and Nutrition

Community Food Bank
Emergency food assistance

United States Nutrition Assistance Program (Formerly Food Stamps)

Women, Infants and Children
Provides nutritional support for infants, children and women who are pregnant, breast feeding or postpartum. 

For information about additional meal programs for school children and elders click here.


Federal Housing Programs

General Resources for Everyone

Our Family Services
Resource, referral, and social services for Southern Arizona

Feeling the Economic Crunch?
Resources for people who need financial assistance

Child Care/Elder Care/Family Support

Child & Family Resources
A private, non-profit, community based agency that offers programs supporting children and families

Child Care Assistance
Pays a portion of child care expenses for eligible families

Family Assistance
Provides cash assistance to qualifying individuals and families

Head Start
Promotes school readiness for qualifying, enrolled children

University of Arizona Life and Work Connections (UA Employees/Students Only)
Provides child care/elder care and other resources to the campus community 

Health Care

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Arizona's Medicaid Program

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA -- UA specific)
Allows employees to continue group health insurance coverage after a separation from work.  Check with your employer for specific details.

Pima Community Access Program
Discounted medical services for qualifying individuals

All information is compiled from the United Way's Supporting Work Project which contains additional programs as well as specific eligibility criteria.

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