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.
The Arizona Assurance Program is an invitation-only program. If you meet all the stated eligibility requirements below, you will be invited to have your parent submit a Resource Evaluation. 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.
For a step-by-step guide on how to submit the Resource Evaluation, click here!
- 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
- 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.
- Submit all requested documents (i.e., tax transcripts) for financial aid verification by July 1st of your senior year in high school. These documents must be complete and free of errors.
- 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 in addition to being sent via email to your official UA email address.
In mid-April 2017, the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program Selection committee will notify all conditional Arizona Assurance Program Scholars via email. Selection for this program is conditional based on one or both of the following reasons:
- Self-reported grades
The self-reported grades you provided when you applied for admission to the UA, in conjunction with the information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Resource Evaluation, have been used to determine your conditional selection status.
Once your official high school transcripts are received, your conditional Arizona Assurance selection will be finalized and it will be determined whether you still meet the minimum GPA and high school graduation requirements. If you no longer meet these requirements, your conditional selection status will be revoked.
- Tax verification changes to your 2017-2018 FAFSA
If you have pending To Do items requiring you to submit 2015 Student and/or Parent Tax information, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) must verify the tax information provided on your 2017-2018 FAFSA. This information has been used to determine your conditional selection status, along with the information provided on your Admissions Application and the Resource Evaluation.
If your eligibility changes as a result of the 2015 tax review then your conditional selection may be revoked.
Final Selection Process
- 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.
*Students should check UA email and their junk email regularly to ensure no deadlines are missed.
Arizona Assurance Funding
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 Arizona Assurance housing stipend for 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