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How to Apply for Aid: Current Students

This page provides step-by-step instructions for continuing 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. Current students may research and apply for scholarships on the Financial Aid scholarships page.

When to apply for Federal Financial Aid:

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for financial aid.  The FAFSA is available starting on January 1st of each year. Since funding for various programs is limited, we recommend that undergraduate UA Main campus students apply by February 14th to meet the March 1st priority filing date. UA Online students should complete the FAFSA at least 60 days prior to the term for which they are admitted or planning to attend to ensure timely processing of their financial aid. 

Where to apply:

Complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure the information is for the appropriate academic year.

What you need:

When completing the FAFSA, you will need a copy of the previous year’s federal tax return for both you, and if you qualify as a dependent, your parent(s). If you or your parent(s) have not yet filed tax returns, you may use estimated tax figures. You will also need the UA school code, which is 001083.

An FSA ID for the student and the parent (if the student qualifies as a dependent) must be created at https://studentaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm to allow the FAFSA to be signed electronically. 

After Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

The federal processor will send a confirmation email to the student with a link to the student’s Student Aid Report (SAR). Students must review the report for accuracy and make any corrections or changes according to the instructions.

In addition to reviewing the information for accuracy, it is recommended that students review the SAR Comments listed at the top of the SAR. The SAR Comments will notify the student if additional information is needed to continue processing the FAFSA, if required information is missing or incorrect, if the student is near, at, or exceeding his/her lifetime Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Student Loan limits.

The University of Arizona Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will receive your FAFSA information electronically within 2-3 weeks from the date you filed the FAFSA (if you are an admitted UA student).

It is also recommended that students visit the National Student Loan Database (NSLDS) to review their Federal Student Loan history. This assists students with understanding how much they have borrowed in the past in order to plan accordingly for the future. For more information about academic year and lifetime borrowing limits, click here.

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 Student Center 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