Apply – Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Applications

Deep breaths. We understand the application process can be a little daunting and cost is a factor on your decision. Before you begin, be sure to read through the following information. You will gain a better understanding of the financial options available to you and important dates. Find links on everything from financial aid to various scholarship programs to financial plans from Arizona’s colleges. Think of this as musical score leading up to that final crescendo – when your child gains acceptance to college and receives a standing ovation from you!

College Financial Aid Information

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Seniors start this process in October of senior year.

The time has come for a very important stage in the college selection process: Financial Aid.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, allows students to be considered for the full range of state and federal financial aid programs administered by colleges and universities.  By completing this one application, students are applying for the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Work-Study Program, and many other federal government programs, including student and parent loans.

The FAFSA is primarily an online application and becomes available October 1 of the senior year.  The funds for some of these grant programs are capped and, therefore, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Two students with similar need could receive different aid packages depending on the order in which their FAFSA was submitted.


Getting a FSA ID # 

Before submitting a FAFSA online, a parent AND student need to create a FSA ID # first.  This will be used to sign the FAFSA electronically. There’s no need to wait. Create your FSA ID # now at: and click on the Lock icon named “FSA ID.”  By applying for the ID # now, you will ensure that it is available to you when you are completing the online application in October. The online application cannot be filed without a FSA ID #.

If you have difficulties or questions about filing the FAFSA, you may contact the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend, or the Federal Student Aid Office at 1-800-4FED-AID.   You can also get help from Campus Advisers, a financial planner service that specializes in the college financial aid planning process.  Some of their college planning services help you to understand the financial aid process; increase your eligibility for free financial aid; calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC); complete all paperwork accurately and on-time; and help avoid costly mistakes on the financial aid forms. Their website is  

Tax information for students and parents from the year you started your junior year is needed to complete the FAFSA.  The FAFSA uses the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to verify the accuracy of your income data. This also satisfies most requests for verification, which is a random financial aid process that all colleges are required to do. The best practice is to submit your FAFSA and use the IRS DRT to pull in the information from your filed tax return. Don’t wait if your tax information is not ready. Go ahead and file the FAFSA with estimated information. Amendments to the FAFSA can be made up to June 30 at the end of senior year.

The FAFSA becomes available October 1 of your senior year. My recommendation is to get it submitted online before winter break at the latest. That way, you give yourself the best opportunity to receive need-based scholarships and grants for which you qualify. Also, be aware of institutional financial aid applications that colleges may require you to complete, and their deadlines. Schools will refer to specific instructions at their website or on printed materials.

Need help filling out the FAFSA? Come to the FREE College Goal Arizona Event and have someone help you through the process.

Selective Colleges with Generous Scholarships

Colleges that give good merit aid  Remember that it is the overall net price that counts. Even if a college gives great merit aid, make sure to pay attention to Cost of Attendance (COA) minus ALL financial aid (merit and needs-based) Use a net price calculator to find out

63 Colleges Committed to NO Student Loans

20 of the Best Colleges Providing FREE Tuition

Members of the Coalition include a diverse group of public universities that have affordable tuition along with need-based financial aid for in-state residents, and private colleges and universities that provide sufficient financial aid to meet the full, demonstrated financial need of every domestic student they admit. Coalition schools graduate at least 70 percent of their students within six years, with many having much higher graduation rates. The Coalition has signed up over 90 schools so far, and more partners continue to join.

If your family has demonstrated a financial need, AND you qualify for fee waiver assistance for testing and/or application fees, please have a parent contact the College Counselor.  

Fiscal Tiger – Seniors, check out a resource you may refer to as you embark on your young adult life.

Please review links and files below for additional College Planning Resources

So that our students can have full control over requesting and tracking their transcript, they will be requested electronically through the official transcript service HOWEVER, you MUST register with an ASSIGNED REGISTRATION CODE. You will receive this by August of your senior year.

There is no cost for transcripts sent electronically.  Some colleges, however, do not have the ability to receive an electronic transcript.  If this is the case, Parchment will mail your transcript for you through the website.

Please click on the link below to review the transcript process for ASA.

Transcript Requests

Please see the links and files below with suggestions and tips for preparing for the college application process.

College Mapper

The Common Application

The Common Application – Power Point

In order to be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated from an authorized person, including a member of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives.

Please see the following links to research your Congressman and to see which district you live in, which will determine which Congressman would serve to nominate you.

Arizona’s participation in the Western Undergraduate Exchange enables Arizona residents to attend a participating out-of-state public college at 150% of resident tuition rates.

List of Participating Colleges

Here is a list of Accredited Online College Programs

Career Exploration

Path Source

College Jumpstart – College Planning for the Middle School Student

Middle School checklist

College Scholarships

We know navigating financial aid and scholarship options can be challenging.  We will do our best to share relevant information as it comes our way.

 Top Sites

  2. College Depot (In Burton Barr Library, 2nd floor. Great resource for scholarships and FAFSA help)
  3. The College Board
  4. Petersons Scholarship Page
  5. Fastweb

Good Sites to Consider

  3. Go College

Flinn Foundation Scholars

As a general rule, Flinn Scholarship applicants should:

  • Participate and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities;
  • Attain at least a 3.5 grade-point average (unweighted);
  • Rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class (if the school reports class rank);
  • Score a minimum 29* on the ACT (composite score), 1300* on the old SAT I (CR+M), or 1360* on the new SAT I (ERW+M). We do not consider the writing section of the ACT or the essay section of the old SAT.

Dorrance Scholarship Programs

  • Seniors in good standing who will graduate from an accredited
    Arizona high school and enter the university as a college freshmen
  • First generation to attend college (neither parent/step-parent, living or deceased, or legal guardian holds a four year degree from any country)
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (weighted or unweighted)
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1040 or composite ACT score
    of 22 (excluding writing score in both instances)
  • Admitted to one of Arizona’s three residential public universities
    (Arizona State University-Tempe, Northern Arizona University-
    Flagstaff, University of Arizona-Tucson)
  • Demonstrated financial need (
  • Demonstrated leadership and volunteer service
  • Agree to participate in all aspects of the scholarship program (See Program At A Glance)… MUST be able to travel internationally
  • Signed Scholar Participation Agreement
  • Reside on campus freshman and sophomore year
  • Participate in the Dorrance Summer Bridge Program in Flagstaff, AZ

Phoenix Suns Charities Scholarships

Desert Schools Scholarship

Obama Scholars Program

  • Open to Arizona residents, admitted to ASU in the fall who are degree-seeking, full-time freshmen (pursuing first undergraduate degree). This includes Native American high school seniors who are not residing in Arizona who meet the Arizona residency criteria for tuition purposes at ASU.
  • Admission to the university does not guarantee eligibility for the program. You must meet all course competencies and at least one of the aptitude requirements for admission described on the Freshman Admission Requirements.
  • You must enroll in ASU at the beginning of the fall semester immediately after Arizona high school graduation. If you do not enroll at ASU for the fall, you will forfeit eligibility for any future participation in this program.
  • You must demonstrate a total annual family income of $42,400 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Obama Scholars Program will be closed for the year when program funds have been exhausted.
  • You must be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.
  • ASU Online degree programs are not eligible. If you change your major to an ASU Online major, you will be removed from the Obama Scholars Program and adjustments will be made to your awards.
  • There is no additional application for this program. Students that submit their FAFSA and have a complete ASU admissions application on file (application, transcripts and application fee) by the dates below will be automatically considered.

Specific Majors or Course of Study – Scholarships

Quest Bridge – For high achieving, low-come students

The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

For African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.

CocaCola Scholars Program

An achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Distinguished Young Women

The oldest and largest scholarship program for high school girls. Last year, we made more than $1.1 billion in cash tuition and college-granted scholarships available nationally.  Scholarships are available in two ways: cash tuition scholarships (which can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning) and college-granted scholarships (over 100 colleges and universities offer scholarships to program participants – several scholarships are available just for taking part in a local or state program!)

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RHMC)

For students in the United States living in areas where there are participating local RMHC Chapters. Please note that not all Chapters offer all four scholarships below:

  • RMHC/Scholars: All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.
  • RMHC/Asia: Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage.
  • RMHC/African-American Future Achievers: Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage.
  • RMHC/HACER®: Applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage.

General Eligibility Requirements 
To apply for an RMHC scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a high school senior
  • Be younger than 21 years old
  • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
  • Be a legal U.S. resident
  • Live in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area
  • Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline of the application
  • Meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program
  • Provide verification of enrollment each year at respective accredited post-secondary institution

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship

A grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Dell Scholars Program

The Dell Scholars Program is a college completion program unique in the type of students it supports and how it nurtures and empowers those students on their path to a college degree. An initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Dell Scholars Program provides its students with resources and mentoring beyond initial financial assistance to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

To be eligible to apply for the Dell Scholars Program scholarship, you must meet the below listed criteria:

  • Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12
  • Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
  • Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  • Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant in first year of college
  • Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community. The application period is open from late September to late November. Up to 40 College Scholars are selected for this program each year.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly-selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges or universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year for up to three years, making it the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. The application period is open from late August to late October. Up to 55 Undergraduate Transfer Scholars are selected each year.

Young Scholars Program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from families across the nation who have financial need. Young Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school to pursue their unique academic and talent goals. The application period is open from February to April. Up to 50 Young Scholars are selected for this program each year. Final notification is in the early fall.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:

  • High school seniors
  • Undergraduate students (all years)
  • Community college students transferring to four year universities
  • Graduate Students

Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be of Hispanic Heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

Vantage West Scholarship Program

Scholarship chosen based on factors including academic merit, philanthropic activities, essay responses, and more.

Music-Related Scholarships – (Some are for music majors and some are not)

Music –

Five Music Scholarships

National Association for Music Education

College Scholarships for Music Performance

Scholarships for Middle School Students

Scholarships for Middle School

FinAid Middle School

Jack Kent Cooke