Cost of college and financial aid for a first-year resident student

Cost of college and financial aid for a first-year resident student

First-year resident tuition cost

College is an investment that pays off after graduation. And ASU helps make that investment affordable through a reasonable tuition rate, financial aid opportunities and other scholarships to lower your overall college costs.


Resident tuition and fees


Average net tuition residents pay after gift aid, work-study and on-campus employment. (2021-2022)


ASU student retention rate
(fall 2020)


Tuition-free programs for Arizona residents



College Attainment Grant

  • covers tuition and fees
  • must be Pell-eligible
  • valued at $12,698 per year

Learn more about CAG.



President Barack Obama Scholar Program

  • covers tuition and fees
  • must be Pell-eligible
  • eligible students may also receive funding for housing, meals, books and supplies, valued at $28,738 per year

Learn more about President Barack Obama Scholar Program.


Arizona Promise Program

  • Covers remaining tuition and fees after other gift and merit aid has been applied.
  • Must be Pell-eligible.

Learn more about the Arizona Promise Program



New American University President's Award

  • covers tuition
  • SAT 1390 | ACT 28 | Core GPA 3.90
  • valued at $8,000 per year

Learn more about the NAMU President's Award.

2022–2023 expenses for an Arizona resident first-year student

As a first-year student, you'll pay ASU for tuition and fees, on-campus housing and meals. Books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses will vary depending on your spending choices and should be budgeted into your college expenses.

Tuition varies based on program and location. View your actual undergraduate college fee by plugging your program of study into ASU's Tuition Estimator.

Calculate your tuition

To get an estimate of what your out-of-pocket costs might look like after financial aid, check out ASU's Net Price Calculator.

How is an Arizona resident defined? 

For tuition purposes, a person must be able to prove continuous physical presence in Arizona for at least 12 months immediately preceding the semester they apply to ASU. This presence must be coupled with clear and convincing evidence of intent to establish a domicile in Arizona beyond being a student. Please note that with the passage of Arizona Prop. 308, some students who qualify as noncitizens may now be eligible for an in-state tuition rate.

Base tuition $10,978
Undergraduate College Fee* $1,080
Student initiated fees $640
On-campus housing and meals $14,718
Books and supplies $1,320
Transportation $1,386
Personal $2,013
Total $32,135

*This represents the highest possible undergraduate college fee. Visit ASU’s Tuition Estimator for your actual cost.

What students are saying


The Obama Scholar program, to me, means opportunity. Opportunity to have a chance at higher education and the ability for a scholar from a low-income family be able to raise the bar in his family for his siblings and younger relatives.

Tristan Ochoa Computer information systems major from Buckeye, Arizona

Applying for scholarships

Applying for financial aid

To receive federal financial aid (grants, loans and work-study) you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. The FAFSA opens every Oct. 1 and ASU’s priority filing date is Jan. 15. Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early.

File your FAFSA 

Once you submit your FAFSA, check your Priority Actions in My ASU regularly to be sure that ASU does not need any additional documents from you to verify your FAFSA. All requests will be listed in My ASU or sent to your ASU email.

Getting a job

Working part time on campus is a great way to help pay for college, meet new people and gain experience. Jobs on campus are conveniently located and come with the flexibility necessary to study for exams and get your schoolwork done. Check out the different types of positions available.


Financial support programs for Arizona residents

ASU College Attainment Grant Program

The College Attainment Grant is ASU’s commitment to high-need Arizona families. Tuition is covered so students can focus on their academics. Consideration date is July 1.

Obama Scholars Program

The President Barack Obama Scholars Program covers tuition and fees, and eligible students may also receive funding for housing, meals, books and supplies. Qualified Arizona residents must be Pell-eligible, demonstrate leadership qualities and meet the required financial need criteria. Consideration date is Jan. 15.


You can earn scholarships while in high school, as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare you to succeed, such as getting good grades, volunteering or joining an extracurricular.

Arizona Foster Youth Award

The Arizona Foster Youth Award helps Arizona foster children earn a college degree by offering them free tuition.

American Indian Student Support Services

ASU’s American Indian Student Support Services office is available to assist American Indian students with academics and finances — including scholarship opportunities — throughout their college experience.