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Consumer Information

The following sections provide information that colleges are required by federal law to make available to all enrolled and prospective students. This site acts as a central resource for information that can be found in other UA web sites, brochures and other publications. If you need help finding information or you would like a paper copy of any of the items, contact OSFA.

NOTE: Because of the nature of federal, state and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained in this policy is subject to change.

General Information about UA

  1. Institute Accreditation

The University of Arizona is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS). A comprehensive list of accreditations of UA’s departments, schools and units can be found at http://catalog.arizona.edu/2014-15/policies/accred.htm. Documents describing accreditation by the NCACS are located in the University’s President’s Office.

  1. Degree Programs

A list of the University of Arizona’s Degree Programs can be found at http://aprr.web.arizona.edu/data/interface/aprrs-144.html.

  1. Instructional, Laboratory and Other Academic Facilities

A list of University buildings can be found at http://directory.arizona.edu/buildings.

A list of Research Centers can be found at http://directory.arizona.edu/research-centers.

The Office of Facilities Management: https://www.fm.arizona.edu.

  1. Faculty Members and Other Instructional Personnel

Each of UA’s departments, schools and units have its own web site with listings of faculty members and other personnel. You can locate specific departments and individuals by visiting the UA A-Z search page at http://directory.arizona.edu/az

  1. Facilities and Services for Disabled Students

Disability Resources (https://drc.arizona.edu) leads the University of Arizona in the pursuit and implementation of a well-designed, accessible campus.  By promoting a view of disability informed by social, cultural and political forces and advancing the construct of universal design, we strive to create inclusive academic, employment, physical, and information environments.   

Disability Studies Collaborative (https://drc.arizona.edu/outreach-education/initiatives-collaboration) - The Disability Studies Collaborative (DSC) examines how addressing disability in its full complexity can promote the full participation, self-determination, and equal citizenship of people with disabilities in society.

UA President's Advisory Council on Disability (http://diversity.arizona.edu/disability_advisory_council) - The President’s Council on Disability provides education and recommendations to the University’s leadership, designed to strengthen this institution’s capacity, both on and off campus, to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.

Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental (UCEDD) (http://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu) - The Sonoran UCEDD promotes community participation and supports individuals with developmental disabilities in all stages of life through interdisciplinary education, service development, information dissemination, research and impact on public policy.

UA Veterans' Reintegration and Education Project (https://drc.arizona.edu/veterans-reintegration-education/) - The Veterans Reintegration and Education Project is a Congressionally-directed grant that seeks to develop a research-based, replicable model to inform higher education on various programs, services, and strategies that contribute to inclusive an campus environment accessible to student veterans, many of whom will have disabilities. This project uses a multifaceted approach to understand the impact of disability within the student veterans’ community and implications for higher education.

  1. Policies for Students Without a High School Diploma or Equivalent

UA does not require a high school diploma or equivalent for admission.

  1. Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of Arizona is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation that is unlawful or prohibited by University policy.  The University prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, by University employees, students, contractors, or agents of the University and by anyone participating in a University sponsored activity against an individual based on a protected classification.  Protected classification includes race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation,[2]  gender identity,[3] or other protected category.  The University also prohibits retaliation because an individual has engaged in a protected activity.   

The University will take prompt and appropriate action to: (1) thoroughly investigate complaints under this policy; and (2) prevent, correct and, if necessary, discipline individuals who engage in behavior that violates this policy in accordance with University policies.[4]  All members of the University community are responsible for participating in creating a campus environment free from all forms of prohibited discrimination and for cooperating with University officials who investigate allegations of policy violations. 


[1] This policy supersedes the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy (2000).

[2] For the purposes of this policy, “sexual orientation” means an individual’s heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality, whether the orientation is real or perceived.

[3] For the purposes of this policy, “gender identity” means an individual’s actual or perceived gender, including an individual’s self-image, appearance, expression, or behavior, whether or not that self-image, appearance, expression, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth as being either female or male.

[4] Any such disciplinary action shall be imposed in accordance with the Classified Staff Human Resources Policy Manual, University Handbook for Appointed Personnel, Student Code of Conduct, Arizona Board of Regents’ Policy Manual, or any other applicable process.

VIII. State Authorization Regulations

The University of Arizona is working in cooperation with state agencies to comply with required authorizations in each state.  Please click here to find the state in which you currently reside. Review your state’s current status with regard to online programs at the University of Arizona, including any special requirements which may exist for your academic program of interest.

Important note for prospective students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in your state (i.e. Nursing, Education), it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning an academic program located outside your state

IX. Student Compliant Process

Students with complaints or concerns are encouraged to first utilize the University of Arizona’s internal complaint or review policies.  Undergraduates may contact the Dean of Students Office, and graduate students may follow the Graduate College Grievance Policy.  If the issue cannot be resolved internally, students may also file a complaint with the appropriate state agency within your current state of residence.

X. Contact Information

For general inquiries about the University of Arizona, call the main UA number at (520) 621-2211 or visit http://www.arizona.edu. For inquiries about scholarships and financial aid, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at askaid@email.arizona.edu or visit http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu.

 

Consumer Information

  1. Price of Attending UA

Tuition and fees are based on a student’s academic career and residency status. The Office of the Bursar has a Tuition and Fees calculator at http://www.bursar.arizona.edu/students/fees/index.asp.

The Estimated Cost of Attendance lists the average resident and nonresident expenses a student is likely to incur during an academic year (fall and spring semesters) at The University of Arizona. The non-tuition figures were derived from surveys conducted among students in these two different living situations. A commuter student is someone who attends The University of Arizona while residing in his/her parents' home.

The Estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) for the current academic year can be found at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/money/estimated-cost.

  1. Privacy of Education Records

The University of Arizona endorses and seeks to comply with all provisions of the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974,"(FERPA) as amended, and all pertinent regulations. The purpose of this legislation was and is to afford students certain rights with regard to their respective education records. In essences, these rights are: (1) the right to inspect and review education records, (2) the opportunity to challenge the contents of education records, and (3) the right to exercise some control over the disclosure of information from education records.

The intent of this compliance manual is to explain, in detail, the conditions and procedures under which the University will implement the law. The entire FERPA compliance manual can be found at http://registrar.arizona.edu/ferpa/contents.htm.

  1. Graduation, Completion and Transfer-Out Rates

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning Support (OIRPS) maintains information regarding enrollment, persistence, student demographics, trends and IPEDS reporting. http://oirps.arizona.edu/

  1. Equity in Athletics

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) requires disclosure of athletic program participation rates and financial support data, demonstrating the school’s commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for men and women students. UA’s data is provided to and listed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education at http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/. Sara Jones is the OSFA employee who coordinates Athletic Financial Aid with Lisa Watson at the Athletics Office.

  1. Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information

The University of Arizona has developed information for students, faculty and employees that provides:

  1. Standards of conduct that prohibit unlawful possession or use of drugs on campus
  2. School penalties and penalties under local, state and federal law
  3. A description of the health risks of drug abuse
  4. Description of programs for counseling, treatment or rehabilitation

The policies are available at:  http://uaatwork.arizona.edu/uannounce/university-arizona-statement-drug-free-schools-and-campuses.

  1. Campus Safety & Security

The UAPD Campus Safety Report for 2013 can be found at http://uapd.arizona.edu/sites/uapd/files/2013campussafetyreport.pdf.

The most current crime statistics can be found at http://uapd.arizona.edu/sites/uapd/files/2013campussafetyreport.pdf.

  1. Emergency Management

The University of Arizona Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) – composed of various campus officials – focuses primarily on the management of situations involving critical incidents on campus. Its involvement is central to the successful implementation of the Campus Emergency Response Plan found at http://cert.arizona.edu/campus-emergency-response-plan.

  1.  Fire Safety

The University of Arizona’s most current Fire Safety Report, policies and procedures can be found at http://uapd.arizona.edu/sites/uapd/files/2013campussafetyreport.pdf.

  1. Health & Wellness

The University of Arizona has a Health and Wellness Center through the department of Family & Community Medicine found at http://wellness.fcm.arizona.edu/.

Health and Wellness resources for Veterans can be found at https://drc.arizona.edu/veterans-reintegration-education/promoting-wellness.

  1. Student Housing

Information on student housing and community living can be found at the Residence Life Office at http://www.life.arizona.edu/home/housing-options/overview-process.

  1. Digital Copyright at UA

Resources for Copyright policy can be found at the University Information Technology Services (UITS) website at http://uits.arizona.edu/departments/oscr/help/about-copyright, at the Office of Residence Life at http://www.life.arizona.edu/home/hall-living/amenities-and-services/technology/acceptable-use-policy and through University Libraries at http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/copyright/.

  1. Protecting Sensitive Information

The Information Security Office is responsible for coordinating the development and dissemination of information security policies, standards, procedures and guidelines for the University. Info Sec is also responsible for coordinating various regulatory compliance efforts. The full policy and guidance can be found at http://security.arizona.edu/policy.

  1.  Textbook Information

The University of Arizona Bookstores are in compliance with the Textbook Information Provision in the HEOA by providing students the required information on their textbooks when they register for classes. The UA Bookstores send out a memo to faculty each term reminding them of this provision.

 

Financial Aid Information

  1. Aid from Federal Sources

The University of Arizona administers the following forms of federal student aid on the basis of need:

  1. Federal Pell Grant
  2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  3. Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  4. Federal Perkins Loan
  5. Federal Work Study
  6. Federal TEACH Grant

In addition, the University of Arizona administers the following types of federal student aid which are not based on need:

  1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  2. Federal Parent PLUS Loan
  3. Federal Graduate PLUS Loan
  1. Aid from State and Local Programs, School Aid and other Private Sources
  1. State Aid

The College Access Challenge Last Stretch Scholarship (CAC Last Stretch) is a need-based scholarship designed to assist college students who have completed at least 60 college credit hours to achieve their baccalaureate degree at any regionally or nationally accredited institution. Eligible students must have substantial financial need (Pell Grant eligible) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must also be a resident of Arizona for at least the previous 12 months at the time of application completion and must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at least half-time. Complete eligibility requirements and application processes for all Arizona Grants are available at http://www.azgrants.gov/.  

  1. School Aid
    1. The University of Arizona administers the following need-based University Grants:
      1. Arizona Assurance
      2. Financial Aid Trust Grant
      3. University (Set Aside) Grant

More information regarding University grants can be found at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/managing-my-aid/grants.

  1. The University of Arizona also administers merit based Scholarships including the Arizona Excellence Scholarship for Non-Arizona Residents and the Wildcat Excellence Scholarship for Arizona residents. Information on Scholarship eligibility can be found at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/scholarships.
  1. Private Scholarships

The University of Arizona launched a Scholarship database system called Scholarship Universe. It is restricted to UA students, and it matches students with scholarships they might be eligible for. More information can be found at https://scholarshipuniverse.arizona.edu.

  1. Tribal Scholarships
  1. How Students Apply for Aid and How Aid Eligibility is Determined

Students apply for financial aid from the University of Arizona by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. If the student has financial need, UA awards a combination of need based grants and federal loans. The deadline to apply is March 1.

  1. How UA Distributes Aid Among Students

The University of Arizona awards federal grants and loans based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. University grants are awarded based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA and the availability of funds. Scholarships are awarded based on specific eligibility requirements, see http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/scholarships.

  1. How and When Financial Aid is Delivered

Freshmen students are mailed a financial aid award letter. Continuing students are notified via email directing them to UAccess where they can view their financial aid award letter. Funds are disbursed to the student’s Bursar account at the beginning of each term provided that all requirements are completed.

  1. Terms and Conditions of Employment that is Part of the Financial Aid Package

Federal Work Study is a federal financial aid program that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students. Information on finding a job and employment rules and regulations are outlined at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/workstudy.

  1. Criteria for Measuring Satisfactory Academic Progress

The University of Arizona monitors undergraduate and graduate students after every term for successful completion of SAP standards. UA uses quantitative and qualitative standards to measure SAP. The full policy can be found at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/managing-my-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress-sap-policy.

  1.  How a Student Who Has Failed to Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress May Reestablish Eligibility for Financial Aid

A student who loses federal and institutional aid eligibility because he or she is not meeting SAP standards may regain eligibility in one of the following ways:

  1. By successfully appealing loss of eligibility. To appeal, a student must submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form with supporting documentation. That form provides a non-exhaustive list of circumstances that may give rise to an appeal.
  2. By completing one semester using his or her own resources at UA with at least half-time enrollment (6 units undergraduate/5 units graduate). Courses taken must advance student towards obtaining a degree and/or graduation. The student must submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form at the end of the term, after the grades have been posted by the Registrar's office onto a student's official record.

Once a student regains eligibility, he or she will be awarded financial aid for the following term subject to the availability of funds. The full policy can be found at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/managing-my-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress-sap-policy.

  1. Policies on Return of Federal Student Aid Funds

Federal regulations and Institutional policy require that the following aid programs be subject to the repayment calculation if the student did not attend 60% of the term:

  • Federal Direct Loans (Unsubsidized and Subsidized)
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Grad PLUS Loans
  • Federal Parent PLUS Loans
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • TEACH Grant
  • Institutional Grants

The full policy can be found at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/managing-my-aid/withdrawal-and-return-title-iv-funds-r2t4-policy.

  1. Availability of Federal Student Aid for Study-Abroad Programs

Students are eligible for federal aid while studying abroad. In addition to completing a FAFSA, students must also complete a Study Abroad Financial Aid Worksheet. Information on travel grants can be found at http://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad.

  1. Loan Counseling and Repayment

All first-time borrowers of Federal Direct Loans and Federal Perkins Loans must complete Loan Entrance Counseling at http://studentloans.gov.

Depending on the type of loans, students may be required to complete two exit counseling sessions – one for Federal Direct Loans and one for Federal Perkins or Nursing Loans. Information regarding exit counseling and repayment can be found at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/types-aid/loans/exit-counseling.

  1. Obtaining a Deferment or Forbearance for a Federal Education Loan

Under certain circumstances, students can receive periods of deferment or forbearance that allow them to postpone loan repayments. Loans that are already in default are not eligible for a deferment or forbearance. Information on eligibility can be found at http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/deferment-forbearance.

  1.  Private Education Loans

Private Educational Loans are private lender loans and are not part of the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. These loans have different loan eligibility requirements and terms (repayment, interest rate, etc.). UA’s information on private loans can be found at http://www.financialaid.arizona.edu/types-aid/loans/private-educational-loans.

  1. Scholarship Fraud

According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or web site that says the following:

  • "This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
  • "You can't get this information anywhere else."
  • "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
  • "We'll do all the work."
  • "This scholarship will cost some money."
  • "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship" or "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.

If you think you've been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 877-FTC-HELP or see http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams. The College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act passed by Congress in 2000 enhances protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.

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