Tuition and financial aid

Paying for college 

More than 84 percent of ASU undergraduates receive some form of aid. Financial aid includes federal pell grants and scholarships. Regardless of your family income, we encourage all students to apply. You might be surprised at what you're eligible to receive. 

Complete the FAFSA to apply for federal grants and loans at ASU. Apply for financial aid as early as Oct. 1 every year. The ASU FAFSA priority filing deadline is Jan. 15.  

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How do other students pay?

When it comes to paying for college, everyone’s story is a little different. See how other students fund their education then check out some of the financial awards you could be eligible for and consider what works for you.

Determine what type of student you are below to find additional detailed information about cost and applying for financial aid.

Frequently asked questions about cost and aid at ASU

How much does it cost to go to college?

The cost of going to college varies widely. Factors that can affect your cost of going to college include the tuition rate of the college you attend, whether it’s an in-state or out-of-state school, whether you live on campus, and what kind of financial aid package you receive. To get a good idea of what you can expect to pay at ASU, try our Net Price Calculator.

Who is eligible to receive financial aid?

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised. And many scholarships are available, not only for students with financial need or with good grades, but also for students with special talents, interests or characteristics. It’s worth the time it takes to apply for any and all financial aid that you are eligible to receive — it really does add up.

Do I need to be admitted to a college before I can apply for financial aid?

Some forms of financial aid do not require you to be admitted to a college before you apply for the aid and others do. You can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  before you are admitted to a college to find out what you are eligible to receive in federal grants, work-study and loans. Other forms of aid, such as ASU’s New American University Scholarship, require you to be admitted to the university before you can be considered for an award.

What are the eligibility criteria for getting federal financial aid?

To qualify for federal financial aid, you must meet several eligibility criteria   including being a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, having a valid Social Security number, demonstrating financial need, and being registered for Selective Service if you’re a male.

What is work-study?

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program for students with financial need in which they can work in a job to help pay for college. Students who qualify for Federal Work-Study do not automatically get placed in a job. They must apply for and be hired in a Federal Work-Study position before they can start receiving money for college.

What is merit aid?

Merit aid is aid that you receive based on things you do such as your academic performance, athletic skills or artistic accomplishments. ASU offers merit scholarships, including for outstanding academic performance. The New American University Scholarship has a range of award values, and you’ll be automatically considered for upon admission to the university if you provide ASU with your ACT or SAT scores.

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