Introduction to Arizona scholarships
According to data collected from Ballotpedia, public university tuition in Arizona increased 97% between 2005-2006 and 2015-2016. This whopping statistic is a clear indicator that students pursuing higher education in Arizona can and should take advantage of the dozens of Arizona scholarships sponsored by private organizations and universities alike.
In this post, we dive into all types of scholarships opportunities available for Arizona’s prospective and current college students to apply for to help pay for college. Keep reading for the good stuff!
Scholarships in Arizona
Deadline: Quarterly (March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31)
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Deadline: February 1
Eligibility: Open to graduating high school seniors in New Mexico, Arizona, and California who are planning to pursue a degree in manufacturing engineering or a closely related field. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Amount: $1,000 - $2,000
Deadline: February 4
Eligibility: Scholarships open to high school seniors and current college students planning to pursue or currently pursuing a degree in accounting. Must be a US resident.
Amount: $12,000 per year
Deadline: February 9
Eligibility: Open to Arizona high school seniors who will be first-generation college students at one of Arizona’s three state universities. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: February 18
Eligibility: Open to Arizona high school seniors and current college students pursuing degrees related to healthcare.
Deadline: February 25
Eligibility: Open to African American high school seniors. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Deadline: March 1
Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and graduate students in Arizona who are pursuing degrees in fine art/studio art. Minimum 3.0 GPA. International students may apply as long as they meet all requirements!
Deadline: First week in March
Eligibility: Open to Arizona high school and undergraduate students who are immediate family members (spouses, children, and in some cases, grandchildren) of active, retired or deceased public safety officers and firefighters throughout the state.
Amount: up to $2,500
Deadline: March 4
Eligibility: Open to current college students enrolled in aviation related degree programs in the state of Arizona.
Amount: up to $6,000 per year
Deadline: March 4
Eligibility: Open to Pell-eligible Arizona high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students with DACA are eligible to apply.
Amount: $500 - $2,500
Deadline: March 18
Eligibility: Open to Arizona high school seniors enrolled in recognized Career and Technical Education programs.
Deadline: May 1
Eligibility: Open to Arizona high school seniors, current college students, and adult re-entry students who identify as LGBTQ+ or are allies and are attending any accredited post-secondary school in the US.
Deadline: September 27
Eligibility: This competitive merit-based full-tuition scholarship is open to Arizona high school seniors. Applicants should have at least a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities.
Amount: $500 - $1,000
Deadline: August 31
Eligibility: Open to Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian high school seniors and current college students in Arizona pursuing STEM degrees.
Deadline: Varies (February 28, August 31)
Eligibility: Open to Arizona high school seniors and current college students.
Deadline: December 15
Eligibility: Open to Arizona women ages 21 and older who are returning to a school at a community college.
Top Arizona scholarships offered by colleges & universities
The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University are Arizona’s three public universities. Below you will find information on some of the top scholarship awards offered by these institutions.
University of Arizona
Arizona Tuition Award
- Awards up to $35,000 per academic year
- This highly competitive award is offered to a select number of non-Arizona high school graduates (must be a US citizen) who are first-time degree-seeking students
- To be considered, students only need to submit a complete University of Arizona admission application by the designated deadline
To learn about University of Arizona’s other tuition awards for international students, community college transfer students, and Arizona residents, check out their financial aid and scholarships page.
Arizona State University
New American University Scholarship for Arizona Residents
- Awards vary depending on a student's academic record - you can use their scholarship estimator tool to get an estimate.
- The New American University Scholarship is a merit-based award open to Arizona residents who will be incoming college freshmen. This scholarship is split up into several different types of awards: President’s Award, Provost’s Award, Dean’s Award, University Award.
- To be considered, students only need to submit a complete Arizona State University admission application by the designated deadline.
For non-Arizona resident students interested in other New American University Scholarships, check out ASU’s scholarship page for more information.
Northern Arizona University
Lumberjack Scholars Award
- This full-tuition award covers 100% of NAU Flagstaff Mountain campus tuition, minus fees and expenses, for Arizona residents
- Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA to be considered. Selection is also based on a student’s completion and/or progress in the 16 college prep courses that are required for admission - students may not receive a letter grade lower than a “B” in any of the required core courses to remain eligible for the scholarship.
- Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for the Lumberjack Scholars Award, as well as all other merit and need-based tuition awards, when they apply to NAU.
To learn about other awards available to Arizona residents and non-residents, check out NAU’s scholarship page.
Save on college tuition with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Arizona is one of the 16 member states and territories (including California, Colorado, Washington, and many others!) that participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange, which is a program designed to provide “steep nonresident tuition savings for Western students”. Over 160 colleges and universities across the 16 member states participate in WUE, providing Western students with many options for pursuing higher education outside of their home state while still being able to save money.
If you’re determined to be eligible for WUE, and decide to enroll in a WUE institution outside of your home state, you will pay no more than 150% of that institution’s resident tuition rate. Through WUE, the average student saves over $9,000!
Head to the WUE website to learn more about your options.
Additional financial aid resources for Arizona students
In addition to the various Arizona scholarships that are out there for prospective and current college students in the Grand Canyon state, there are also some great online resources out there for students looking to learn more about Arizona colleges and universities, paying for college, and financial aid as a whole.
- Pay4CollegeArizona - Website run by The Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education which provides information for students and parents on filing the FAFSA (College Goal FAF$A), Arizona-specific grants, and more. This resource is a great starting point!
- AZ Community Colleges - Launching point for students interested in learning about and possibly attending one of Arizona’s many community colleges.
- College Depot - Run through the Phoenix Public Library, the College Depot is a “free, full-service college access center” where students seeking information about earning a college degree can connect with a college advisor 6 days a week.