How to Read Your Aid Offer
We understand that some financial aid terms may be unfamiliar to you. Watch this video to learn how to understand the aid offer you received.
How your Aid was Calculated
In addition to your grade level in college and whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, there are two other important factors that are used to calculate your eligibility for financial aid at the University of Arizona: the Cost of Attendance and your Expected Family Contribution.
Cost of Attendance (COA)
Based on student surveys, the estimated COA represents the average expenses paid by Arizona students in a number of student circumstances. Your COA is determined by things such as if you live on or off campus, your residency, and your guaranteed tuition cohort. Your total financial aid from the University of Arizona cannot exceed your COA.
Expected Family Contribution
Your EFC is what is used by the University of Arizona and the Department of Education uses to determine how much and what types of financial aid you are eligible to receive. The information you report on your FAFSA is used to calculate your EFC.