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2017-2018 Arizona Assurance Scholars Program Information for Current High School Seniors

Students Entering Their Freshman Year Fall 2017

 The Arizona Assurance Program (AZA) at the University of Arizona (UA) is a financial aid program for low-income students in the state of Arizona. The program is designed to assist students in attaining a bachelor’s degree by providing financial aid and support services. The Arizona Assurance Program partners with colleges and departments on campus to provide scholars with comprehensive programming from their freshman year through their senior year. The mission of Arizona Assurance is achieved through academic programming, mentoring, career development and graduate/professional school preparation.  

Eligibility

The Arizona Assurance Program is an invitation-only program. If you meet all the stated eligibility requirements below, you will be invited to submit a Resource Evaluation. Based on the information provided on the UA Admissions application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Resource Evaluation, students will be selected to receive Arizona Assurance funding. You will be conditionally selected if you have been asked to verify student and/or parent tax information and the tax verification documents have not been submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA). This conditional selection will be revoked if you (A) miss the deadline(s) to submit documentation requested by OSFA or (B) a review of documentation (i.e., tax verification documentation) submitted to OSFA causes you to lose Arizona Assurance eligibility. Final selection for AZA is based on a thorough review of all documents submitted. 

  • Submit your FAFSA and a completed UA Admissions application (application, transcripts and application fee) by March 1 of your senior year in high school. There are no exceptions to this date. Admission to UA does not guarantee eligibility for the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program.
  • Earn a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 in required core academic courses from the first six semesters of high school. More information regarding core academic courses can be found at https://admissions.arizona.edu/how-to-apply/abor-course-competencies.Semesters seven and eight (your senior year) will not be considered in the GPA requirement for the Arizona Assurance Program.
  • Be an admitted, UA student and a resident of the state of Arizona.
  • Enroll in courses at UA beginning the semester immediately after graduation from an Arizona high school as a degree-seeking full-time freshman. Students graduating from high school in May 2017 must be enrolled at the UA in August 2017. Students graduating from high school in December 2016 must enroll at the UA in January 2017 for consideration for Arizona Assurance funding for August 2017. Not enrolling at UA the semester immediately after high school graduation forfeits eligibility for consideration to participate in this program.
  • Demonstrate a total annual family income of $42,400 or less on the FAFSA and be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant based on tax information provided. The total annual family income and Federal Pell Grant eligibility must be based on actual tax information. Income adjustments based on a Special Circumstances Form/Resource Re-Evaluation will not be considered.
  • The FAFSA must be official and free of errors. Any FAFSA corrections and residency corrections must be submitted by May 1 of your senior year in high school.
  • Submit all requested documents (i.e., tax transcripts) for financial aid verification by May 1 of your senior year in high school. These documents must be complete and free of errors. Submit all requested documents early to resolve any errors or issues before June 1. Tax extensions will not be accepted for Arizona Assurance funding purposes as Arizona Assurance funding selection requires actual 2015 tax transcripts. Tax extensions are accepted in lieu of tax transcripts for federal financial aid only. All requests from OSFA will appear in your UAccess Student Center To Do List.

** There are no exceptions to the dates listed above unless you are specifically notified by OSFA in an email stating the due date exception 

Selection Process

  • Students who meet all eligibility criteria listed above will be invited to submit the Resource Evaluation application and the Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) information (if applicable).
  • The invitation to complete the Resource Evaluation with complete instructions will be emailed to the student's official UA email and will be posted in the student's Next Steps Center and their UAccess Student Center To Do List.
  • In early April 2017, the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program Selection committee will notify all conditional Arizona Assurance Program Scholars via email. For more information about the conditional selections, please go here
  • Final selections are made after all required documentation is reviewed by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Please see dates and deadlines below as missing a deadline could cause a conditional selection to be revoked.

For a step-by-step guide on how to submit the Resource Evaluation, click here

*Students should check UA email and their junk email regularly to ensure no deadlines are missed.

Funding Duration

This program provides selected students $2000 in funding for four consecutive academic years, provided you meet eligibility for renewal each year.

*FRESHMEN choosing to live on-campus their first year will also receive an additional up to $7,300 to apply towards housing for a maximum total of $9,300 in first-year Arizona Assurance funding. Funding for on-campus housing is provided for your freshman year only to ensure a solid start at the UA. If you select to live at home or off-campus in year one, funding for housing is not provided. Housing expenses are not covered for years two, three and four. 

Important Dates and Deadlines

Students who miss one or more deadline(s) will no longer be eligible for Arizona Assurance Scholars Program consideration.

October 1, 2016 2017-2018 FAFSA available on FAFSA.ed.gov
March 1, 2017

2017-2018 FAFSA must be submitted

Submit a completed UA Admission Application
March 31, 2017

Deadline to submit the Resource Evaluation 

Deadline to submit the Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) Resource Evaluation if applicable

May 1, 2017 Deadline to submit all FAFSA errors/corrections submitted to FAFSA.ed.gov
May 1, 2017

Deadline to submit all other requested documentation to OSFA

July 1, 2017 Priority Deadline for Arizona Assurance Funding Appeals
August 15, 2017 Final Deadline for all Arizona Assurance Funding Appeals
September 1, 2017 Priority Deadline for Arizona Assurance Housing Appeals
September 15, 2017 Final Deadline for  all Arizona Assurance Housing Appeals

If You Did Not Receive an Invitation to Complete the Resource Evaluation:

  • Students who do not receive an invitation to complete the Resource Evaluation you will not be considered for the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program; however, all students who complete and submit the FAFSA will be awarded federal financial aid based on the student's aid eligibility determined by FAFSA. 
  • If a student believes he/she meets all eligibility criteria and should be invited to complete the Resource Evaluation to be considered for the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program, he/she should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid prior to May 1, 2017 after reviewing the eligibility criteria on this page and comparing it to their FAFSA and UA Admissions Application information.
  • All students are encouraged to visit the Scholarship Universe website to seek additional funding opportunities: https://scholarshipuniverse.arizona.edu
  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, P.O. Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Phone: 520.621.1858
  • Fax: 520.621.9473