Other Institutional Grants

Other Institutional Grants

Institutional Grant awards come directly from the University of Arizona. Like Federal Grants, Institutional Grants are free money – money that does not have to be repaid. 

The University Grant award is an institutional grant designed to assist first time, undergraduate, Arizona Resident students to help pay for the cost of tuition at the University of Arizona. Students must also demonstrate certain financial need, as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


  • The FAFSA must be completed each year by the University of Arizona’s priority FAFSA filing deadline - March 1st for continuing Arizona students and April 1st for Fall 2022 First Year, Transfer and Readmits.
  • In addition to the FAFSA, newly admitted students (first-year, transfer and readmits) must also submit a completed University of Arizona (Arizona) Admission Application for the fall semester by the University of Arizona’s priority FAFSA filing deadline above.

The University Grant award can be awarded for up to 8 consecutive semesters, based upon the general renewal eligibility criteria listed below.

  • Complete your FAFSA every year by March 1st
  • Meet minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines, available https://financialaid.arizona.edu/policies/sap.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 University of Arizona credits for each semester (fall & spring)

Note on Enrollment:

The University Grant will not release to students not enrolled in at least 12 Arizona units (full-time). Students not enrolled full-time by the first Pell Recalculation Date of the fall semester will have their University Grant canceled automatically. The spring semester portion of the University Grant 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 University Grant funds and receive a tuition refund as a result of the enrollment change, University Grant funds may be reduced or canceled.

If you withdraw from the University, the University Grant will 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.

Additional Information:

  • Eligibility for this award is reviewed each academic year.
  • This grant is not available to students enrolled in Arizona Online campus. 
  • Summer University Grant eligibility is determined differently than University Grant awards offered for the fall and spring semesters. Click here for information regarding Summer University Grant eligibility.

Information for the 2022-2023 academic year coming soon.

Award Amount $1,000 


Awards are given on a first come, first served basis to those who qualify as long as there are remaining funds.

  1. Awards are based on financial need as determined by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Offers are non-negotiable and are not increased to match offers from other institutions.
  3. Awards are not offered to students admitted for spring semesters.
  4. Awards are for undergraduate engineering studies only.

Availability Four consecutive years (eight semesters total) for fall and spring semesters only, based on financial need and academic year renewal requirements. This award is not available for use in University of Arizona (Arizona) Online programs.

Application A completed Arizona Admission Application for Fall 2020 and a 2020-2021 FAFSA submitted to Arizona, serve as the application for this award.

Deadline Admitted by May 1, 2020


  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Students must be admitted to the College of Engineering.
  3. The award must be used beginning Fall 2020 semester.

Renewal Criteria

  1. Must demonstrate financial need each academic year with the corresponding years' FAFSA
  2. Must be in good academic standing (for example a 2.00 GPA or above)
  3. Must maintain full-time status (12 units) during the fall and spring semesters
  4. Must remain in a major within the College of Engineering at the beginning of each academic year

How the award is applied

  1. The award will release in two equal disbursements (fall and spring semesters) to a Bursar's student account approximately ten days before classes begin once the student is enrolled full-time (12+ units per term) at the University of Arizona. 
  2. This award may be reduced or canceled if enrollment changes to less than 12 units per semester.
  3. This is intended to be applied toward the Engineering Differential Tuition charges for each eligible fall and spring semester.

National Student Exchange (NSE) & Study Abroad This cash award can be used for NSE and University of Arizona Study Abroad programs.

Withdrawal Policy

If a student withdraws on or after the first day of classes begin, the student forfeits that semester of award eligibility. This award may be reviewed for reinstatement in future semesters. However, the semester(s) in which your aid was lost are still counted against your total eligibility. This award cannot be extended past the 8 semesters of eligibility. If you have other financial aid, you must review the withdrawal policy here.

Please direct all questions to the College of Engineering.