Scholarships are often called “gift aid” or aid that does not have to be repaid. These awards can be based not only on your grades or financial need, but also on your unique identity.
Grants are often called “gift aid” because they are free money – money that does not have to be repaid. Grants are also often need-based and can come from a variety of sources such as the federal government, state government or the University of Arizona.
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is considered “self-help” aid. It provides funding for part-time jobs for students with financial need and is considered self-help aid. FWS funds pay out like a typical paycheck over the course of the academic year and can help cover additional educational expenses.
Loans are another form of “self-help” aid and are available to both students and qualifying parents and can be a viable option to fill any gaps not filled by other aid. Remember, loans will need to be paid back, usually with interest, so borrowing responsibly is important.
Other Types of Aid
Graduate & Professional Student Funding
Explore financial resources and funding opportunities for Graduate & Professional students including students enrolled in the College of Medicine, College of Law and College of Nursing.
International students may be eligible for merit-based scholarships or international student loans.
Summer Financial Aid
Various types of summer financial assistance may be available to students who meet specified criteria. Eligibility requirements are different from the traditional academic year. This aid may consist of grants, federal loans, or Federal Work Study.
Winter Session Financial Aid
Winter Session is not a stand alone term, but considered a part of the fall term for financial aid purposes. Eligibility for winter financial aid depends on your combined winter and fall enrollment, career level, and remaining fall financial aid eligibility.
One-Time Special Circumstances Funding
Additional funding considerations may be available for students who are facing financial hardships.
Western Undergraduate Exchange
The University of Arizona has limited participation in the WUE program. Through WUE, eligible students can choose from undergraduate programs outside their home state, and pay no more than 150 percent of that institution’s resident tuition rate.