Funding for Indigenous Wildcats

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Funding for Indigenous Wildcats

As an Indigenous Wildcat, you may be eligible to apply for scholarships from your tribe, tribal organization, or other scholarship organizations. In addition, you may also be eligible to receive other kinds of financial aid like grants, Federal Work Study, or student loans

Arizona Native Scholars Grant - New for Fall 2022!

The University of Arizona is excited to announce the Arizona Native Scholars Grant (ANS). ANS is an institutional grant program that ensures tuition, mandatory fees, tuition differentials and program fees are fully covered for Native, Arizona Resident, Undergraduate students. 

Learn more about the Arizona Native Scholars Grant!

Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) Process

The FNA, or Financial Needs Analysis form, is a key part of your tribal scholarship application and must be completed each semester or year, depending on your tribe/tribal organization. The form contains information on your Arizona cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room/board etc.) and the resources (financial aid, Estimated Family Contribution from the FAFSA) you are receiving for the corresponding academic year or semester.

Your tribe or nation will use the FNA to determine your eligibility for their scholarship and/or grant funding. An FNA is usually included in your tribe's scholarship application. Generally, you must first complete your personal information and sign the FNA form, allowing our office to submit your information.

Students Completing Their FNA

To complete your FNA, we will need you to review and complete the following items.

  1. Submit Your FAFSA

    Most tribes/tribal organizations require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be submitted to the University of Arizona. Completing the FAFSA unlocks access to federal financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student and parent loans, Federal Work-Study and even some scholarship programs. You will need to file a FAFSA every year you are planning to be a student.

    • The University of Arizona's school code: 001083
    • Applying by the Priority Filing Deadline will ensure you are considered for the most possible federal and institutional grant aid. The Priority Filing Dates are:
  2. Complete Federal Verification

    Sometimes students are selected for a process called federal FAFSA verification. If you are selected, we are required to verify the information you self-reported on your FAFSA. You will be notified through a To Do List item letting you know how to set up an account through Verify My FAFSA to complete this process. This will need to be completed before we can process your FNA. 

    Need some help completing federal FAFSA verification? Visit our federal verification page or Verify My FAFSA Account Set Up page.

  3. Enrollment

    You need to be enrolled in classes at the University of Arizona before your FNA can be completed. 

    New First-Year Admits: You will not be able to enroll until you attend orientation between June and August.

  4. Maintain SAP Standards

    New First-Year Admits: You will not need to worry about meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards until after your first semester.

    New Transfer/Re-admits/Continuing students: You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards for the term that you are trying to receive aid. If you are not meeting SAP Standards then you must have an approved SAP Appeal on file for the term that you want to receive aid.

  5. FAFSA Information Release

    You must complete the FAFSA Information Release, found on your To Do List in your UAccess Student Center. This gives our office authorization to give your financial aid related information to an outside entity such as your tribe/tribal organization.

    You only have to do this one time while you are a student at the University of Arizona.

How OSFA Processes Your FNA

 

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FNA Received

When your FNA has been received by OSFA, you will see a notification on your Student Center To Do List in UAccess. You can click on the To Do list item for more information.

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Federal Verification

If you have been selected to complete federal verification, we will review your account to confirm that you have submitted all requested documentation. Then, our office will complete the federal verification review.

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SAP Review

New Transfer/Re-admits/Continuing students (those who have registered at the University of Arizona in a prior term) will be reviewed by our office to ensure they are meeting SAP requirements so the FNA can be completed.

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FNA sent to Tribe/Tribal Organization

Once your federal verification is complete and you are meeting all SAP requirements, your FNA will be sent to your tribe/tribal organization.

Processing can take up to 2-3 weeks, sometimes longer during peak times.

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When applicable, an estimated award (placeholder) will be added to your Financial Aid Summary until a scholarship check is received from your tribe/tribal organization.

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Release of Scholarship Funds

Once funds are received from your tribe/tribal organization, we will honor all requirements notated in the award letter(s) and release the funds directly to the student Bursar account. If you are not meeting the requirements notated on the award letter, the tribe/tribal organization will be contacted for further instructions.

It is recommended that funds must be received at least 10 days before your earliest class of the semester.

Open To Do List Items can delay funding from being released to your Bursar student account.

In-State Tuition for Members of Arizona Tribes

The following list of Arizona Tribes are federally recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the state of Arizona as eligible for in-state tuition. If you are an enrolled member of any one of the Arizona Tribes listed below, make sure you submit the Native American Exception form to the Office of the Registrar. Proof of tribal enrollment (e.g. Certificate of Indian Blood or tribal ID card) must be submitted to prove tribal affiliation.

 

  • Ak-Chin Indian Community
  • Cocopah Indian Tribe
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes*
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe*
  • Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe
  • Gila River Indian Community
  • Havasupai Tribe
  • Hopi Tribe
  • Hualapai Tribe
  • Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians
  • Navajo Nation*
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe
  • Pueblo of Zuni
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
  • Tohono O'odham Nation
  • Tonto Apache Tribe
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe
  • Yavapai-Apache Tribe
  • Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe

*Reservation boundaries extend into neighboring states.

Source: https://statemuseum.arizona.edu/programs/american-indian-relations/tribes-arizona

Tribal Enrollment Verification System

The Tribal Enrollment Verification System is for Native students who are enrolled members of a federally- or state-recognized U.S. tribe.

Your tribal enrollment documentation can be requested by a university department or entity as part of your eligibility criteria for institutional funding and/or Arizona residency classification for tuition purposes. This webpage is a one-time, one-stop secure location where you can voluntarily upload your verification document (i.e., Certificate of Indian Blood, Tribal Membership Card, Tribal Enrollment Certificate, etc.), which will be accessible only by authorized University of Arizona personnel.

For more information or questions, contact Karen Francis-Begay, Assistant Vice Provost, Native American Initiatives, Office of the Provost at kfbegay@arizona.edu or 520-621-0964.

Contact your Tribal Aid Liaison

Did you know that the OSFA has a dedicated staff member who is available to assist you in navigating your aid options? If you are interested in contacting our Tribal Aid Liaison, please reach out to our office with your preferred method of contact.

Send us an email

  • Scroll down to ‘Visit Us Virtually’ on our Contact Us page.
  • Under the Tribal Aid Related Questions, click the link to send an email.
  • Be sure to select the "Tribal Aid" category to ensure your email goes to our tribal liaison.
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Same-day appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

  • Scroll down to ‘Visit Us Virtually’ on our Contact page.
  • Under the Tribal Aid Related Questions click the Meet with our Tribal Aid Liaison button.
  • Select an available time slot.
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Timeline for Tribal Aid

 

October

  • Submit your 2022-2023 FAFSA using your/your family's 2020 income.
  • Begin monitoring your University of Arizona CatMail account and UAccess Student Center To Do List items for information on your FNA.

January

Begin applying for scholarships through:

March

March 1st is the priority deadline for the University Grant and other institutional aid. You must have submitted your FAFSA for the following academic year before March 1st to meet this deadline.

June

  • Incoming first-year and transfer students will attend orientation.
  • Once orientation is complete first-year and transfer students can enroll full-time.
  • Continuing students should ensure they are enrolled full-time.

July

August

  • Financial aid will begin releasing to your Bursar student account 10 days before the start of fall classes.
  • Remaining charges are due the first day of fall classes.