There are various types of financial assistance that can help you cover the costs associated with college. UA offers a wide array of scholarship programs. Every student is considered for scholarships as long as a complete application for admission, transcripts and test scores have been received.
To apply for need-based aid, U.S. citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your information sent to UA, specify the UA school code — 001083. For additional information on how to apply for financial aid visit our How to Apply for Aid page.
To ensure you get the best financial package, be sure to complete a FAFSA by March 1st and have a complete Admissions Application (application, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores) by May 1st.
College Cost Reduction
For a listing of useful tips that can help you reduce your college expenses visit our Cash Managing Tips section above.
Financial Planning for Parents (Coming Soon!)
In addition to this helpful information, listen to OSFA on the Air “Parents Guide to Financial Aid”
AZ Family College Savings Program (529 Plan)
The Arizona Family College Savings Program (529 Plan) is a Section 529 college savings plan sponsored by the State of Arizona through the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education. The 529 Plan is designed to help families meet the rising costs of a higher education. The Program offers an easy, flexible, and tax-advantaged way to save for college.
Click here for more information
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Arizona Self Help
Screening tool that helps people determine their eligibility for social services
Food and Nutrition
Community Food Bank
Emergency food assistance
UA Campus Pantry
The goal of the UA Campus Pantry is to reduce food insecurity in our Wildcat Community. At our distribution events, students and staff can grab important food staples at no cost. All you need is your CatCard!
United States Nutrition Assistance Program (Formerly Food Stamps)
Women, Infants and Children
Provides nutritional support for infants, children and women who are pregnant, breast feeding or postpartum.
For information about additional meal programs for school children and elders click here.
Federal Housing Programs
General Resources for Everyone
Our Family Services
Resource, referral, and social services for Southern Arizona
Feeling the Economic Crunch?
Resources for people who need financial assistance
Child Care/Elder Care/Family Support
Child & Family Resources
A private, non-profit, community based agency that offers programs supporting children and families
Child Care Assistance
Pays a portion of child care expenses for eligible families
Provides cash assistance to qualifying individuals and families
Promotes school readiness for qualifying, enrolled children
University of Arizona Life and Work Connections (UA Employees/Students Only)
Provides child care/elder care and other resources to the campus community
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Arizona's Medicaid Program
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA -- UA specific)
Allows employees to continue group health insurance coverage after a separation from work. Check with your employer for specific details.
Pima Community Access Program
Discounted medical services for qualifying individuals.