Tuition cost and financial aid for a first-year student from Arizona

ASU is affordable

Resident tuition and fees
Average net tuition residents pay after gift aid, work-study and on-campus employment
ASU student retention rate
(fall 2016)

Tuition-free programs for Arizona residents


College Attainment Grant

  • covers tuition and fees
  • must be Pell-eligible
  • valued at $12,393 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 $28,091 per year

Learn more about President Barack Obama Scholar 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.

2021–2022 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. To get an estimate of what your costs might look like after financial aid, check out ASU's Net Price Calculator.

Base tuition$10,710
Undergraduate College Fee*$1,050
Student initiated fees$633
On-campus housing and meals$14,398
Books and supplies$1,300

*This represents the highest possible undergraduate college fee. View your actual undergraduate college fee by plugging your program of study into ASU's tuition estimator.

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

New American University merit scholarships

Admitted students who send their SAT or ACT scores, are automatically considered for ASU's merit scholarships. See how much you could get using our scholarship estimator.

Scholarship Estimator

College and departmental scholarships

The academic departments and colleges at ASU also offer scholarships. Award amounts and criteria vary and scholarships are usually restricted to students majoring in a particular academic discipline.

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ASU's scholarship search tool

Scholarships aren't just for "A" students. There are opportunities based on talent, personal stories, creativity and more. Search for those that best represent you and apply for as many as you can. There’s no limit.

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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.


Grants are need-based aid awarded to qualified undergraduate students demonstrating exceptional financial need. Grants do not have to be repaid as long as enrollment for the semester in which you receive the grant is maintained.

Grants available at ASU


If grants, scholarships and family assistance do not cover the costs of attending college, you might consider loans. Though loan money must be repaid, federal loans typically offer the lowest interest rates. Learn more about loans and if they’re the right fit.

About loans

Federal Work-Study

Students eligible for need-based financial aid programs can participate in Federal Work-Study. This federally funded program helps students pay for college by working on or off campus. You must submit a FAFSA for consideration.

About Federal Work-Study

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.

View open positions

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.

More about CAG

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.

More about
Obama Scholars


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.

About RaiseMe 

Arizona Foster Youth Award

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

About Foster Youth

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.