Types of Aid: Current First-Year and Transfer Tuition Scholarship Awards

2022/2023 First-Year and Transfer Tuition Scholarship Awards

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Please be aware that these criteria and award amounts are for our currentFall 2022/Spring 2023 First-Year and Transfer students only. Merit awards are subject to change for future years. 

Students admitted for Summer/Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 should refer to the Incoming First-Year and Transfer student webpage for merit award amounts. 

Current Fall 2022 First-Year Awards

Resident and Non-Resident Merit Tuition Awards Based on GPA

Use the following Color Key to determine which Tuition Award you qualify for based on your 6th semester core unweighted high school GPA.

Color Key

Resident Wildcat Awards

Distinction Award ($10,000-$12,500)

Excellence Award ($5,000-$8,000)

Recognition Award ($750-$3,000)

Non-Resident Arizona Awards

Distinction Award ($30,000-$35,000)

Excellence Award ($12,500-$20,000)

Recognition Award ($1,000-$7,500)

Core GPA Range 
Resident Wildcat Awards
Non-Resident Arizona Awards



3.90 - 3.999






3.50 - 3.749




3.25 - 3.499



3.0 - 3.249



2.75 - 2.999



GPA calculated is based on your core unweighted high school GPA through your sixth semester. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The Resident Wildcat Awards also require that the student be classified as an Arizona resident for tuition purposes. The Non-Resident Arizona Awards require that the student be classified as a non-Arizona resident for tuition purposes. 

  • Students must submit their complete Fall 2022 University of Arizona Admissions application no later than June 1, 2022.
  • Students must submit their official 8th semester transcript for verification.
  • Please see the official 2022-2023 terms and conditions (coming soon) for full eligibility and renewal criteria. 

Home Schooled Students:

Incoming first-year students who are home schooled will be comprehensively reviewed for Arizona merit aid (Wildcat and Arizona awards) based on their complete application, including portfolio/course work submitted by the admission deadline.

Current Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Transfer Awards

Awards listed above are based on Cumulative College GPA and Total Attempted College Units, which includes all attempted coursework from accredited institutions post-high school and dual enrollment units. Unaccredited and non-credit college attendance does not impact eligibility but attendance at a four-year institution does impact eligibility. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

  • Students must have only attended community college after their high school graduation. Any students that have enrolled at a four-year (college or university) institution after graduation from high school are not eligible.
  • Students must complete the University of Arizona admission application as listed below in order to be considered.
    • Fall 2022: Deadline July 1, 2022 
    • Spring 2023: Deadline December 1, 2022
  • Students must be meeting the selection criteria at the time of admission in order to be considered. 
  • Please see the official 2022-2023  terms and conditions (coming soon) for full eligibility and renewal criteria. 

Current 2022-2023 Global Wildcat Tuition Awards

In recognition of students who exhibit an outstanding academic performance, the University of Arizona offers the Global Wildcat Award for incoming International first-year and transfer students. Please review the Office of Admissions Global Wildcat Awards page for eligible awards. 

Arizona merit tuition awards are not available for use in University of Arizona Online programs, with the exception of the Bridge Tuition Award.

All financial aid awards are divided into two equal disbursements paid to the student, half in the fall term and half in the spring term, unless otherwise noted.

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