Arizona Promise Grant

Arizona Promise Grant

The University of Arizona is committed to providing you a quality education and delivering the financial resources you need to earn your degree.

The Arizona Promise Grant (AZP) is a state grant program for Arizona resident, Pell-eligible, first-year University of Arizona students that will fill in the difference between a student’s tuition, mandatory fees, tuition differentials and program fees and all other gift aid the student receives (Pell Grant, merit scholarships, etc.). This can be awarded up to four years (eight consecutive semesters). 

To be offered the Arizona Promise Grant (AZP), incoming students must:

Frequently Asked Questions are listed below. If you find your question is not included, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The AZP amount can vary for each student who receives it. After all other gift aid (Pell Grant, merit scholarships, etc.) has been applied, AZP will cover remaining tuition, mandatory fees, tuition differentials and program fees.

Please see examples below: 

 *Tuition and mandatory fees for first-year Resident students starting in the Fall 2022 semester is $12,700.  

Example Student A

Student A is offered a $6,495 Pell Grant and a $3,000 Wildcat Tuition Award. 

This student’s AZP grant would be $3,205.

EXAMPLE STUDENT A
Base Tuition $12,700
Federal Pell Grant -$6,495
Wildcat Tuition Scholarship -$3,000
Arizona Promise Grant $3,205

 

Example Student B

Student B is offered a $6,495 Pell Grant. Student B also has a $500 Tuition Differential charged ($1,000 for the year) based on his academic program.

This student’s AZP grant would be $7,205.

EXAMPLE STUDENT A
Base Tuition + Tuition Differential Charge of $1000 $13,700
Federal Pell Grant -$6,495
Arizona Promise Grant $7,205

 

Example Student C

Student C is offered a $6,495 Pell Grant and a $10,000 Wildcat Tuition Award.

This student’s AZP grant would be $0.

EXAMPLE STUDENT A
Base Tuition  $12,700
Federal Pell Grant -$6,495
Wildcat Tuition Scholarship -$10,000
Arizona Promise Grant $0

 

The AZP will be offered for the first time in the Spring 2022 semester only to students who meet all eligibility criteria listed above and were admitted for the fall 2021 semester. AZP will be then be offered each fall semester thereafter.

Unfortunately, no. The AZP grant will begin with the new class of Fall 2021 first-year students. Fall 2021 first-year admits who are eligible will be awarded the AZP award beginning with the spring 2022 semester.

For additional funding opportunities, Arizona students should be applying for all scholarships for which they are matched to via Scholarship Universe.

New, first-year students who meet the following criteria will be automatically reviewed for AZP:

It is important to note there is no option to specifically appeal to become AZP eligible if you do not fit the above listed criteria.

However, a first-year student could become eligible or lose eligibility for AZP in certain situations. In this case, you will be automatically reviewed by OSFA.

The following items might affect your AZP eligibility:

There are several key differences between these awards. The Pell Pledge Grant (PPG) is specifically for students who meet all eligibility criteria listed above but have a Pell eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) higher than 0. AZP is reserved for those with a 0 EFC only. Another key difference is the amount of coverage provided. Please see FAQ’s below for a detailed look at what charges AZP pays as compared to the fees paid by PPG.

It depends. A student must either be eligible for AZP or Pell Pledge Grant (PPG) in their first year enrolled at the University of Arizona. A student cannot gain eligibility for the first time in subsequent years.

A student may gain eligibility for AZP or PPG if the completed review results in a change to their EFC during their first year at the University of Arizona. In subsequent years, a student may switch between AZP and PPG either if their EFC changes based on that year’s FAFSA or if completed verification or FC appeal reviews for that year results in a change to their EFC. 

Examples

Student A:
In her first year enrolled at Arizona, student A has an EFC of 100 as calculated by the FAFSA and is awarded PPG. 

Student A is flagged for verification that year. After OSFA completes the verification review, the student’s EFC changes to 0 as calculated by the FAFSA. 

Student A is now eligible for AZP with the 0 EFC. Her PPG award is canceled and the AZP award is given for the academic year. 

Student B:
In his first year enrolled at Arizona, student B has an EFC of 0 as calculated by the FAFSA and is awarded AZP. 

In his sophomore year enrolled at the University, his EFC, as determined by the FAFSA, is 450. 

Student B is no longer eligible for AZP because he no longer has a 0 EFC but because he received AZP in year one and has a Pell eligible EFC in his sophomore year, he is given the PPG award for his second year.  

Student C:
In her first year enrolled at Arizona, student C has an EFC of 7000 as calculated by the FAFSA. Since this is not a Pell eligible EFC, student C is not awarded AZP or PPG but is considered for other institutional need based grants including the University Grant

In her sophomore year, Student C has an EFC of 0 as calculated by the FAFSA. 

Student C is not awarded AZP for her sophomore year because she did not have either AZP or PPG in her first year. She is awarded the Federal Pell Grant since she is now Pell Grant eligible and is considered for other institutional need based grants including the University Grant

Yes, AZP will be reinstated for the year you regain eligibility. In this example, your sophomore year, the year you were not eligible, will also be counted in your total semesters of eligibility if the grant is reinstated.

No. These awards cannot be combined.

AZP is combined with a students’ Federal Pell Grant and all other gift aid (including merit tuition scholarships) to cover the following charges: 

  • Regular base undergraduate tuition
  • Mandatory Fees
  • Tuition differential charges and 
  • Program fees charged by your college

No, AZP does not cover individual course fees. Please see the question above for the full list of all charges that AZP can cover.

Yes, a student who is classified as an Arizona resident for tuition purposes anytime during their first year at the University of Arizona (and meets all other eligibility criteria for AZP) will be automatically reviewed for AZP. 

No, the AZP award is only for use with Main Campus enrollment. Students who initiate a campus change out of main campus will lose their AZP starting with the effective term of the campus change. AZP cannot be reinstated later even if the student initiates a campus change back to Main Campus.

No, you do not need to submit a deferment request for AZP. When you return to the University you will automatically be reviewed for continued AZP funding. However, please note that any terms you are away from the University will count against the total semesters of eligibility. 

Note, if you have a merit tuition scholarship, you must submit a Financial Aid Deferment Request for any terms you are away from the University.

Students will need to be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 units) by the first Pell Recalculation Date of the semester. For a detailed calendar, visit our Pell Recalculation page. If not enrolled full-time by that date, AZP will be canceled and it cannot be reinstated for that current semester. AZP can be reinstated, however, for the subsequent semester if meeting the full time enrollment deadline of the first Pell Recalculation Date for that semester.

AZP funding can be awarded for up to a total of 4 academic years, or 8 consecutive fall and spring semesters as long as you meet all renewal requirements each academic year. 

Any semesters you are not eligible to receive AZP (i.e., are not eligible based on your FAFSA for the Federal Pell Grant, miss the FAFSA filing deadline, etc.) will count towards the total semesters of eligibility. We encourage you to meet with your academic advisor to ensure you graduate within the 4 academic years of the award eligibility.

No, AZP funding will only be available for the fall and spring semesters. For information about summer funding, please visit our Summer Financial Aid webpage.

Your AZP award will not be released to your Bursar student account unless you are enrolled in at least 12 Arizona units (full-time) each fall and spring semester. Students not enrolled full-time by the first Fall Pell Recalculation Date will have their AZP award canceled automatically. The spring semester portion of the AZP award may be reinstated as long as the student is enrolled full-time by the first Pell Recalculation Date of the spring semester.   

If you make enrollment changes after receiving AZP and receive a tuition refund as a result of the enrollment change, AZP may be reduced or canceled as it can only credit toward specified charges and cash refunds for this award are not allowed. 

If you withdraw from the University, your AZP award may be reduced during the Return to Title IV calculation just like other institutional aid.  Please also see the Bursars webpage for more information on refunds and withdrawals.

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted each year no later than March 1st 
  • Have both:
    • An Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (as calculated by the FAFSA) of 0 (zero) and
    • Be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant
  • Remain an Arizona resident for tuition purposes 
  • Remain enrolled full-time (12 + units each fall and spring semester) at the University of Arizona Main Campus
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards