Financial Aid Series: Applying for Scholarships at UA

Financial Aid Series: Applying for Scholarships at UA


Hi! Thank you for watching our video
series: FAQ on Financial Aid. My name is Rebekah Salcedo and I am the Director of
Scholarships and Financial Aid here at U of A, and today I am joined by Stefanie
Basij, our Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Assistant
Dean of Students. Thanks for coming, Stefanie! Thank you
for having me! Today we’re going to be talking about the different types of
scholarships that are available for students, both incoming freshmen and
transfer students. “How do I get a scholarship?” is the most common question that students ask us. Can you tell us more about that Stefanie? Yeah,
absolutely! In the Office of Admissions, we get asked about scholarships as well. So, I’ll chat a little bit about our
incoming freshmen first, then we’ll talk about our transfer students. So, for
incoming freshmen we have a site here on the screen that folks can access that
will give even more in-depth information. When students apply to the
University of Arizona they’re also applying for some of our scholarships. For our incoming freshmen we have our Arizona Excellence and Wildcat
Excellence Awards. In order for students to be reviewed for those awards, we will
be looking at a few things. Students will put in their grades and we will be
reviewing their 6th semester unweighted core GPA. Our core GPA is
based on 16 core courses that we’re looking at for admissions and for
scholarships and those are all listed on our website. So, we’ll calculate that GPA
for the students and then we’ll also want to see a student’s ACT or SAT
score from the test vendor. We will take either score, and we will take the
best sitting for the score. We do not super score at the University of Arizona,
but we will also continue to review student’s information so if a student
retakes the SAT or the ACT and has already been admitted and wants to submit those scores, we’ll continue to review those students for additional
scholarship funds up until May 1st, 2018, this year. And the great thing about the scholarships at the University of Arizona is that students can kind of get a sense of
what each award is worth, by going to our website. So, this year for Fall 2018, Arizona residents can be awarded our Wildcat
Excellence award and students can go to the website and see our chart, and just check
out what that six semester core unweighted GPA, along with their ACT or SAT score should be to get certain awards, like this one. Scholarships range from three-thousand dollars a year
all the way up to twelve-thousand dollars a year for our Fall 2018
students. And by checking out the site students can see the terms and
conditions of these awards, and understand more of the bigger picture of
the scholarship. For our non-residents this year for our Fall 2018 students, we
have our Arizona Excellence Award, and the same parameters exist. Students will
need to have that six semester unweighted core GPA, they’ll submit ACT
or SAT scores, and on the chart you can see that the scholarships range from two-thousand dollars all the way up to thirty-five thousand dollars for our
non-resident students, with our Arizona Excellence Award. And the last group of
students that have a unique set of scholarships at the University of
Arizona are our transfer students. So, transfer students have a couple of
different options for earning scholarships. Students can earn our
Transfer Tuition Scholarship, through applying and having a certain GPA
at their Community Colleges. For our Arizona residents
that would be three-thousand dollars a year. For our non-residents it would be five-thousand dollars a year. We also recognize the hard work that our students put in at the Community Colleges, and therefore we supply those who are part of the honorary Phi Theta Kappa with scholarships. So, those students who have this distinction and are Arizona Residents are able to receive a five-thousand dollars a year scholarship. And non-residents that are a part of Phi Theta Kappa can
receive twelve-thousand dollars a year. We also have a program for our Arizona residents called
UA Bridge and it’s a really great partnership with our community colleges
here in Arizona. So, students that sign up and participate with a certain GPA, for a
certain set of time, can receive our Bridge Scholarship for two-thousand dollars. So, all of
these scholarships are scholarships that students access when they apply
for admissions, which we automatically review all students for. But I get a lot of
questions from students and families about how they can apply for even more
scholarships at the institution. Can you talk a little bit about that process for
our students? Absolutely! That is a very common question. We are very proud to
have developed here at U of A, a product specifically for only U of A students,
a website called Scholarship Universe. Scholarship Universe enables students to
apply for additional scholarship awards on top of the awards that they might
have been reviewed for based on their admissions information. So, on
Scholarship Universe, admitted students go in with their U of A Net ID and password, and then fill out a profile, by answering questions that are relevant to the types
of scholarships that are available for them. Then we show them additional
awards that they can apply for. And that can include national scholarships, regional scholarships, scholarships specific to the U of A and even perhaps from our departments or colleges. Students can go in all year round
and look for additional awards that they are eligible to apply for. The busiest
time of year for Scholarship Universe is in November and May/June. Not that the students shouldn’t go in other times, but they’ll
notice that a lot more applications are open in the cycle between those months. We do recommend that students use Scholarship Universe their whole time at U of A, even into grad school, because it’s a great
source of additional funding. And since Scholarship Universe is for admitted
students it’s important for students to better understand the application
process. Therefore, the Office of Admissions website, for our phone number and email
address, is a great place for students to start to apply and ask questions and ultimately be able to access Scholarship Universe. Absolutely! The financial
aid webpage is another great resource for students. It has information about
the different types of aid, including all of the information about the
scholarships that you talked about earlier. It has the terms and conditions
of those Awards as well as the renewal criteria in order to keep those
scholarships at U of A. And so students should also utilize the financial aid
webpage to answer any questions that they might have. Thank you so much for joining our FAQ series on how to get a scholarship at U
of A, we hope that you found this information helpful.
Stefanie thank you so much for joining me. Thank you!

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