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Promise Award

A degree from ASU is within reach

Talent is everywhere in our communities, but too often opportunity is not. Through strategic investments from the local business and philanthropic communities, ASU is working to address this disparity head on. The Promise Award is a $4,000 award created for students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout high school and have financial need. Arizona high school graduates who meet the eligibility criteria will receive this one-time, guaranteed gift to use toward college expenses. ASU is committed to helping motivated, academically-prepared low-income students in Arizona earn a college degree, and values the addition of talented and diverse students to our academic, cultural and social community.



How it works

Upon meeting eligibility criteria, a one-time guaranteed $4,000 award will be given to every qualified student to reward them for their achievements to date.

Students do not need to complete a separate scholarship application to be eligible.

Program eligibility

Meet three requirements:

  • Participation in an Access ASU program
  • Qualify for free and reduced school lunch
  • Complete 16 core competencies with a 3.00 GPA or higher at an Arizona high school

Financial aid

While not required for this award, students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Through other financial aid programs at ASU, many students can cover their tuition without significant strain.

ASU advantage programs:
Obama Scholars Program
College Attainment Grant
Earn to Learn

Important ASU dates

July 1, 2018
Fall 2019 application opens
Sep. 1, 2018
Admission decision process begins
Oct. 1, 2018
FAFSA opens
Oct. 1, 2018
NAMU merit awarding begins
Dec. 1, 2018
Financial aid packaging begins
Jan. 1, 2019
Priority FAFSA date
May 1, 2019
Enrollment deposit deadline

Request information

School information: *

    (includes courses registered for senior year)
  • English - 4 years (composition/literature based)
  • Math - 4 years (algebra I, geometry, algebra || and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite)
  • Laboratory Science - 3 years total (one year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated science and physics)
  • Social Science - 2 years (including 1 year American History)
  • Second Language - 2 years (same language)
  • Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education - 1 year