Financial Aid & Scholarships

The College of Education and the Teach Arizona program offer numerous methods of making the program’s tuition even more affordable. Learn more about the available options below. If you have any questions about financial aid, please call us at 888-658-1845 or email Celina Urquidez in the UA Office of Financial Aid.

FAFSA Forms:

Because many forms of federal and university assistance require the applicant to have a federal FAFSA form on file, we strongly encourage you to complete the FAFSA application. As you explore the possibilities of federal aid, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Since Teach Arizona spans two academic years, you must complete BOTH the 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 FAFSA.
  • If you already have a FAFSA on file for your undergraduate program, you will need to go to the website and change from undergraduate to graduate status to be eligible for graduate tuition assistance.
  • Apply immediately. Students will not be eligible for aid until at least 3 weeks after the UA has received their FAFSAs.
  • The application is available on-line at http://fafsa.ed.gov/. The University of Arizona federal school code is 001083.
  • Unless there are extreme cases of students maxing out the graduate loan limit, Teach Arizona students are eligible for loans for Summer 2017, if students have not taken out any other loans in the 2016-17 academic year. If they have, they will not be eligible for as much loan. For Fall 2017-Spring 2018, they will be eligible for loans. Students can also take out additional (credit based) Graduate PLUS loans up to their cost of attendance.
  • If you have questions about the FAFSA, you may contact Celina Urquidez in the UA Office of Financial Aid at celinau@email.arizona.edu

Financial Assistance for All Teach Arizona Students:

College of Education Scholarships: All Teach Arizona students are eligible for College of Education Scholarships, which are made possible through the generous support of private donors. If you wish to be considered for this assistance, you must file both a 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 FAFSA (international students are exempt from this requirement). If scholarship funds are limited, we will consider economic need first when awarding this assistance. We will contact you in late spring 2017 to let you know if you have been selected for a College of Education Scholarship.

UA Graduate College Scholarships: The UA Graduate College offers scholarship opportunities to graduate students. Please go to this website for more information: http://grad.arizona.edu/funding/opportunities

Federal TEACH Grants: Applicants with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 may be eligible for a federal TEACH grant of up to $4,000. The money is disbursed after July 1, 2017. Students who accept this grant money agree to teach full-time for four years in a Title 1 school in a high-need content area upon graduation. Students have eight years to fulfill this requirement or they must repay the grant with interest. Questions about TEACH Grants may be directed to Melva Gutierrez at the UA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (romerom@email.arizona.edu). The current 2016-2017 TEACH Grant Application for this academic year is available on our UA website at http://financialaid.arizona.edu/undergraduate/grants/teach-grants. The application for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available in May. More information is also available on the federal website at http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp.

Sahuarita Teaching Fellows (This is only for students in the Teach Arizona Tucson program): If you are interested in student teaching and seeking a teaching position in the Sahuarita Unified School District upon completion of Teach Arizona, you should look into the Sahuarita Teaching Fellows program: http://susd30.wpengine.com/employment/sahuarita-teaching-fellows/. Participants will receive financial support throughout Teach Arizona and during their first three years of teaching in Sahuarita.

Acceptance into Teaching Fellows Program & UA College of Ed $1,000 Stipend
Starting Student Teaching $1,000 Stipend
Mid-Point of Student Teaching $400 Stipend
Completion of Student Teaching $400 Stipend
Completion of 1st Year teaching in Sahuarita USD $400 Stipend
Completion of 2nd Year teaching in Sahuarita USD $600 Stipend
Completion of 3rd Year teaching in Sahuarita USD $,1000 Stipend
TOTAL COMPENSATION $4,800 Stipend

Non-Resident Scholarship Assistance: The College of Education may have some non-resident scholarship assistance available for Teach Arizona students. This would bring the non-resident tuition total closer to the resident level. If you are a non-resident and you wish to apply for non-resident tuition assistance if admitted, let Patty Stowers know immediately at pstowers@email.arizona.edu.

Federal Loans: Guaranteed student loans are available to students if they have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Please follow the instructions in the FAFSA section above to apply for the FAFSA.
  • If you have questions about federal loans and scholarships, you may contact Celina Urquidez in the UA Office of Financial Aid at celinau@email.arizona.edu.

External Scholarships: Teach Arizona students do not need to apply for the College of Education assistance. However, you may wish to apply for University scholarships and external scholarships through Scholarship Universe by following the five steps detailed below. For questions regarding these steps, contact the Scholarship Universe team at OSFA-SU@email.arizona.edu.

Using Scholarship Universe – Instructions:

Scholarship Universe is a one-stop web portal that allows you to apply for UA scholarships and fully explore your funding options. You can set up your account by using the following steps:

  1. Once you have been admitted to the Graduate College and have received your UA Net ID and Password, log in to Scholarship Universe.
  2. Answer ALL questions asked in the ‘PROFILE’ tab. This step may take ten to twenty minutes if you’ve never created a profile before. Your answers are used to match you to UA and non-UA scholarships you are eligible to apply for year round.
  3. Visit the ‘SCHOLARSHIPS’ tab and your ‘ELIGIBLE’ folder and click on a scholarship to apply. Blue-colored scholarships are University of Arizona scholarships and orange-colored scholarships are external funding scholarships. You will need to follow the application instructions for each scholarship that you choose to apply for in order to be considered.
  4. Scroll down to the ‘Apply Here’ section of the scholarship you opened. You will see instructions on how to apply.
  5. Follow all the instructions in the ‘Apply Here’ section
    • You must upload any required documents to your ‘DOCS’ tab.
    • Return to one of your selected scholarships to attach your documents
    • Select your documents from the appropriate drop-down bars in the ‘Apply Here’ section.
    • Click the ‘SUBMIT APPLICATION NOW’ button at the very bottom
    • The application will be moved to your ‘APPLIED’ folder automatically.

IMPORTANT: It is highly recommended that you update your Scholarship Universe Profile weekly as new scholarships are added on a regular basis. When new scholarships are added new profile questions are added to assist with eligibility matching.


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