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Arizona Promise Program

The Arizona Promise Program

The Arizona Promise Program is a state grant program for Arizona residents that helps fill in the remaining tuition and fee costs not covered by your other gift aid (Pell Grant, merit scholarships, etc.). This can be awarded up to four years (eight consecutive semesters).

Eligibility requirements

  • Be an Arizona resident.
  • Be admitted to Arizona State University as a degree-seeking first-year student for the upcoming fall term by April 1.
  • File a FAFSA and have a complete and verified financial aid file by April 1.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (as calculated by the FAFSA) of zero.
  • Be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.
  • Meet university admission criteria.
  • Enroll full time (12 or more credits) in one of Arizona State University's in-person campus programs. ASU Online students are not eligible for this funding.

How the Arizona Promise Program is applied to your charges

You will first be awarded from all other gift aid sources. Then, if you are eligible to receive Arizona Promise Program funding, any remaining tuition and fees left unpaid by gift aid will be covered by the Arizona Promise Program.

What the Arizona Promise Program covers

The Arizona Promise Program will provide tuition and fees (including college fees, mandatory student fees and the Barrett Honors fee) to qualifying students for up to eight full-time consecutive fall and spring semesters, as long as students continue to meet renewal criteria.

The Arizona Promise Program covers tuition and fees during the fall and spring semesters only; summer sessions are not covered. Special class fees, study abroad program fees and the enrollment deposit will not be covered as part of the program.

FAQs

Funding amounts vary depending on how much gift aid you already have to cover tuition and fees.

This funding is first offered to students in the 2021–2022 academic year, then it will be offered each fall semester.

Arizona Promise Program 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 Arizona Promise Program funding (i.e., are not eligible based on your FAFSA for the Federal Pell Grant, miss the FAFSA filing deadline, etc.) will count toward the total semesters of eligibility. We encourage you to meet with your academic advisor to ensure you graduate within the four academic years of the award eligibility.

  • Submit the FAFSA each year no later than April 1.
  • Remain an Arizona resident for tuition purposes.
  • Maintain $0 EFC.
  • Remain enrolled full-time (12+ units each fall and spring semester) at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe, West or ASU in Lake Havasu locations.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

No, the Arizona Promise Program will begin with the new class of fall 2021 first-year students. Fall 2021 first-year admits who are eligible will be automatically awarded with the Arizona Promise Grant.

Current students can visit the ASU Scholarship Portal for additional scholarship opportunities.

  • Pell grants — A federal gift assistance program that supports students who have exceptional financial need.
  • Institutional grants — ASU gift assistance available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. These grants include university grants.
  • FSEOG and LEAP grants — Gift assistance available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.
  • Scholarships — Gift assistance awarded by ASU and private donors that recognizes exceptional achievement.
  • Outside resources — Funding received from outside sources that assists students in paying for their educational expenses.

There is no appeal process for the Arizona Promise Program; however, some circumstances could result in a change to your eligibility. In this case, you will be automatically reviewed for eligibility by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Services team. The following factors could affect your eligibility:

  • Federal aid verification resulting in a change to your financial aid eligibility.
  • A change in your residency status.
  • The outcome of a student or parent income review documenting how your circumstances have changed.

The College Attainment Grant program is specifically for students who meet all eligibility criteria listed above but have a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) higher than 0. The Arizona Promise Program is reserved only for those with a 0 EFC.

A student must either be eligible for the Arizona Promise Program or the College Attainment Grant program in their first year enrolled at Arizona State University. A student cannot gain eligibility for the first time in subsequent years.

A student may gain eligibility for the Arizona Promise Program or College Attainment Grant if the completed review results in a change to their EFC during their first year at Arizona State University. In subsequent years, a student may switch between the Arizona Promise Program and College Attainment Grant either if their EFC changes based on that year’s FAFSA or if completed verification or Parent Income Review for that year results in a change to their EFC.

Yes, Arizona Promise Program funding 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.

Students who are eligible for the Arizona Promise Program and the College Attainment Grant will receive only one of these awards.

Students who are eligible for the Arizona Promise Program and the Obama Scholars Program may see the Arizona Promise Program funding as part of their Obama Scholars financial commitment.

Arizona Promise Program funding is combined with your Federal Pell Grant and all other gift aid (including merit tuition scholarships) to cover the following charges:

  • Tuition and fees (including college fees, mandatory student fees and the Barrett Honors fee).
  • Note: Special class fees, study abroad program fees and the enrollment deposit will not be covered as part of the program.

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

The Arizona Promise Program award is only for use at the Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe, West and ASU in Lake Havasu locations.

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

Note: If you have a merit scholarship, you must apply for scholarship deferment for any terms you are away from the university.

You will need to be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits) by the first day of the semester.

No, Arizona Promise Program funding will only be available for the fall and spring semesters. View details about summer funding on our summer financial aid webpage.

Your Arizona Promise Program award will only be applied to your charges if you are enrolled in at least 12 credits (full time) each fall and spring semester.

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