Financial Aid

This page offers helpful information about available financial aid for College of Education students. While some of these options are available to all students, this page contains some information that applies to undergraduate students only. To learn more about graduate college funding options, visit the Graduate College funding tips.


All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University of Arizona federal school code is 001083. For assistance in filling out the FAFSA form, download a free guide book.


Types of aid through FAFSA

Grants and Scholarships: Money that does not have to be repaid. Grants are usually need-based while scholarships are usually merit-based. 

PLUS Loans*: Money that must be repaid; loans made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid. Eligibility is not based on financial need, but a credit check is required. Borrowers who have an adverse credit history must meet additional requirements to qualify.

Subsidized Loan: Money that must be repaid; interest does not accrue while in school; six month grace period after graduation.

Unsubsidized Loan*: Money that must be repaid; interest does accrue while in school and begins immediately once the loan is disbursed.

Work Study: Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

*Graduate and professional students are only eligible for unsubsidized loans and PLUS loans through the federal government.

Visit Federal Student Aid for more details on all federal financial aid.


Fellowship: Like a scholarship, a fellowship is money that does not have to be repaid; students usually apply to these through their specific departments.

Private Loans: Must be repaid to private lender; these loans often have much higher interest rates than federal loans and require direct application through the lender. You cannot apply for private loans through FAFSA.




Arizona Alumni Association Scholarship Information (apply through Scholarship Universe)

Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership awards up to $2,500 per year for Arizona residents with substantial financial need

AZ Assurance can provide up to $2,000 per year

AZ Earn to Learn Scholarship prepares high school students for college with financial education and matching funds

College of Education Scholarship Information (apply through Scholarship Universe)

Incoming Freshmen Awards from the University of Arizona

UA Achievement Award can provide out-of-state students up to $6,000 per year


Federal Pell Grants can provide up to $6,195 per year. The University of Arizona also offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to receive funding through The Pell Pledge Grant, which covers the cost of tuition by filling in the difference between a student’s base tuition and all other gift aid (scholarships, grants) a student receives.




Arizona Teaching Fellows: Receive a stipend of up to $4,800 by completing a practicum and student teaching and serving as a teacher in the Sahuarita, Flowing Wells, Santa Cruz Valley, Marana, and Tucson Unified School Districts.

Arizona Teachers Academy: If selected, the scholarship will pay your tuition for the duration of your enrollment in participating teacher certification programs at the University of Arizona. In return, you agree to teach in a public or charter school anywhere in the state for as many years as you received the scholarship. You may apply for the scholarship before you are are accepted into a participating program, but you will not receive the award until you are accepted into that program.


TEACH Grant* may be awarded to qualifying students who agree to serve for four years as a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income school. *This applies to currently enrolled university students only.


Arizona Teacher Student Loan Program* (formerly MSSE). Funding is tied to a commitment to service after graduation. *Available to Arizona-resident students only.

Teacher loan forgiveness will forgive up to $17,500 of federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans of five years. Funding is tied to a commitment to service after graduation.



College Navigator: Compare tuition costs, average financial aid awarded, specific admissions requirements, and programs and majors offered at post-secondary institutions throughout the nation.

College Scorecard: Compare postsecondary institutions across the nation on cost of attendance and recent trends, graduation rates, loan default rates, and median borrowing amounts. Narrow your institutional search by location, enrollment size, type of college, major, and degrees offered. You can also calculate the cost of attendance using the Net Price Calculator.

Federal Student Loan Program: learn about subsidized, unsubsidized, and PLUS loans.

National Student Loan Data System: View a history of your loans and grants, see who owns your loans, and complete loan exit counseling.

Regional College Access Center are scholarships for various student groups.

Scholarship Universe: University of Arizona’s scholarship matching system, which is accessible to all current or officially admitted students.

Timeline: Financial planning for college begins in high school and extends into teaching. These steps will help students and parents identify what should be accomplished each year for successful financial planning.

UA Net Price Calculator

University of Arizona Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

U.S. Department of Labor’s Scholarship Search Tool: Search more than 7,000 scholarships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.



Deferment: A period during which repayment of your loan is temporarily delayed
Forbearance: Allows you to temporarily postpone or reduce your loan payments
Forgiveness: Allows you to not repay your loans; also known as cancellation or discharge


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