Many Arizona students can now attend one of the state’s three universities — Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Arizona — for free. The Arizona Promise program is a scholarship that covers all tuition and fees for those who qualify.
The program is a way to make higher education more affordable for low-income students, said John Arnold, executive director of the Arizona Board of Governors. He said that cost is certainly a barrier that students and families face when considering going to college.
“We will give you a scholarship for tuition and fees,” he said. “All the tuition and fees promised by the state of Arizona.” “The legislature passed this last year, so it’s state law, if you do your part you can go to college without tuition.”
To qualify, students must be residents of Arizona, attend one of the state’s three universities and have graduated from high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students must also fill out the FASFA and qualify for the maximum Pell Grant.
According to ABOR, universities give funding to students who are already enrolled and qualify in Spring 2022. This program makes it possible for people to attend university and creates a strong economic future, Arnold said.
“We need to do a better job of getting the information into the hands of students and educators from parents about how those decisions are made, you know what financial aid is available, what are the academic requirements to transfer to a four-year institution, and how you can apply,” he said.
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