UNDERSTANDING YOUR FINANCIAL AID STEP-BY-STEP

Looking for a break-down on how to understand and make the most of your financial aid? Start here.
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APPLY FOR FEDERAL AID

After completing your University of Arizona admissions application, your next step is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA opens every year on October 1 for the upcoming academic year.
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LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID

While there are many different types of financial aid, they typically fall into two categories, “gift-aid” and “self-help aid”.
3

UNDERSTAND EXPECTED EXPENSES

Your housing choice, degree program, and meal plan – these are all factors that affect your tuition, fees, and estimated cost of attendance.
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UNDERSTAND YOUR FINANCIAL AID

Once you determine your expected costs and have an idea of what kinds of aid you may be eligible for, it is time to put it all together.
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ESTABLISH & MAINTAIN ELIGIBILITY FOR YOUR FINANCIAL AID

Plan ahead by understanding renewal and eligibility requirements.