Whether you're a current student or would like to become a proud Wildcat, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) is here to help you navigate your financial aid.
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.
We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally-recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.
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 Your FNA
To complete your FNA, we will need you to review and complete the following items.
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
Priority Filing Date: March 1, 2022.
Applying be the Priority Filing Deadline will ensure you are considered for the most possible federal and institutional grant aid.
Students admitted for the Spring 2022 term should apply before November 1, 2022.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
FNA sent to Tribe/Tribal Organization
FNA sent to your 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.
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.
Release of Scholarship Funds
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.
FNA Process Video
Instate 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.
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 below.
The placeholder is there until an actual scholarship check is received from the tribe/tribal organization. This placeholder will never release to your account. The placeholder will be swapped out with the actual funds when we receive the scholarship check.
Check for items that may prevent aid from releasing to your student account. Log in to your UAccess Student Center to check your Hold section & To Do List section. If you have any financial aid items listed, read the message carefully and take any action being requested.
Students who have received confirmation of funding (such as an award letter) from their tribe or scholarship organization but are experiencing delays with this funding can request a Temporary Loan. A Temporary Loan is short-term loan option for students to receive funding to cover emergency costs until the anticipated funds are applied to a student’s account. OSFA can issue a 0%, no fee Temporary Loan through the Bursar’s Office in these situations. Temporary loans are not designed to remedy a lack of financial planning or the negative effects of mismanagement of financial aid funds. Students should contact OSFA directly to request and be reviewed for the Temporary Loan request.
All checks should be made payable to the University of Arizona and include the student's name, Arizona student ID, unit requirement, and the semester(s) the check is to be applied toward in a separate letter or on a Scholarship Designation form.
Funds you receive for educational purposes (including tuition, fees, books/supplies, room/board) should be mailed to the address below:
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Administration Building, Room 208
P O Box 210066
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066
Requirements vary by tribe and are based on federal and/or tribal regulations. Some tribes offer assistance for students who are part time. Be sure you are enrolled in the appropriate number of units that your tribe requires to receive funding. Using the information listed on the funding application, contact your tribe's higher education or main office to determine enrollment requirements.
If your tribe has a standard funding amount, we will add an estimate (Tribal Funds Placeholder) to your financial aid offer from the University of Arizona. You should compare the scholarships and grants listed on your financial aid award letter to your Bursar account bill to determine if you qualify for a refund.
Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of each semester in order to continue to receive federal and institutional financial aid. Review the SAP Policy on our website to ensure you understand the requirements.
In addition, your tribe may have their own annual or semester renewal requirements (cumulative GPA or a minimum number of passing units) you must meet in order to continue receiving their assistance. If this information is not contained in your tribe's funding application or award letter contact them directly to ask about renewal requirements.
Students who have had changes to their financial aid and need a revised FNA to be submitted to their tribe must submit a new FNA form to our office and indicate that it is for a revision. In some situations, students may need to contact their tribe first before requesting/submitting a revised FNA to be completed as each tribe may have different rules on revisions.
Forms and/or documents can be submitted online via our Ask Aid Portal at https://financialaid.arizona.edu/contact/email per the instructions below. Third party organizations can upload documents on the behalf of students. In order to do so, you will need to provide the student’s full name, University of Arizona email, and (8 digit) University of Arizona Student ID number.
Log in with your NetID (or as a guest) and select your student status.
Under “How can OSFA help you today?” select Submit Documents Only.
Complete the Student Information section and, if necessary, the Your Information section.
Attach your file with the Choose File button.
Acceptable attachment formats; PDF is preferred, or Microsoft Word is also accepted.
Click Submit to send the form to our Ask Aid Team.
Our office will send you an email confirming that your FNA has been sent to your tribe/tribal organization. If your tribe/tribal organization has a website or portal, you can create an account and check your progress there.
Financial aid consists of different types of scholarships, grants, work study, and student and parent federal loans. The different types of financial aid are offered based on various eligibility factors. Visit our General Financial Aid Questions FAQ page for additional information on applying and qualifying for different types of aid.
Graduate students are reviewed and offered financial aid for the next academic year during the preceding summer. Departmental aid may not be finalized by the department or Graduate College at the time your FNA is due. Therefore, graduate students must notify our office as soon as possible if being funded through Graduate Assistantships or stipends. Generally, graduate non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Our office offers graduate student aid and creates budgets at five graduate level units, which is part time for most programs. Full time for graduate students varies. Your tribe's definition of graduate full time course work may differ from your department's definition of full time.