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 mandatory fees


Average net tuition residents pay after gift aid, work-study and on-campus employment (ABOR Financial Aid Report Fiscal Year 2021)


ASU first-year retention rate (2022)


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

  • SAT 1390* | ACT 28* | Core GPA 3.90
  • valued at $9,000 per year

(This reflects 23–24 scholarship amounts. The percentage is for display purposes to demonstrate an estimate of tuition coverage.)

Learn more about the NAMU President's Award.

*ASU does not require ACT/SAT for merit scholarship consideration, visit the scholarship estimator to see what you may be eligible for based upon your academic information:

2023–2024 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.

Base tuition $11,308
Undergraduate College Fee* $1,110
Student initiated fees $743
On-campus housing and food $17,886
Books, course materials, supplies and equipment. $1,320
Travel $1,536
Personal $2,200
Total $36,103

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

To see total cost of attendance, visit

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. Normally, the FAFSA becomes available each year on Oct. 1; however, due to updates to the FAFSA, the 2024–2025 FAFSA is expected to be available in December 2023 (and not in October). For students starting in Spring or Summer 2024, the 2023–2024 FAFSA is open. 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.