Financial Aid and University Costs

University Costs

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Below is the estimated cost of attendance for the 2015-2016 school year.

Tuition & Fees* $32,852
Living Expenses $14,542
Health Insurance $2,308
Total $​49,702
Plus, One-Time Enrollment Fee $390

Tuition and Fees

Tuition at the University of Arizona for out-of-state students is about $31,600 per year ($15,800 per semester). Additional, mandatory university fees equal to around $1,000 per year. More information about mandatory fees and what they entail can be obtained here.

*Guaranteed Tuition Policy

The University of Arizona has established Guaranteed Tuition and Mandatory Fees available to all incoming students. The Guaranteed Tuition program allows students to pay the same amount of tuition and mandatory fee that they first paid when entering the university (up to 8 semesters). This program provides students, families, and agencies with the assurance that tuition and fees will not increase for students as they continue their education. For more information about the program and benefits, please click here.

Living Expenses

Living expenses include many things such as: room and board, books for classes, and miscellaneous items like hygiene products, bus passes, etc. On-campus housing can range from $5,560-$7,720 per academic year for a double-occupancy room. Off-campus housing (apartments and houses) generally range from $3,500-$9,500 per academic year. Note that some off-campus housing may have additional fees for utilities.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have university health insurance. Health insurance is very important in the United States to keep medical expenses manageable. Some students may be exempt from purchasing university insurance, and will need to submit an Exemption Request form. The exemptions can be found through Campus Health.

Enrollment Fee

To confirm your enrollment at the University of Arizona, you will pay a one-time enrollment fee of $390 via NextSteps. Students may request a refund no later than July 15th for the Fall semester.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

UA International Student Scholarship

The UA offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to students who demonstrate significant international experience in high school or college along with exceptional academic performance.  The UA will select the students who present the most competitive academic records, international academic experience, and diverse areas of academic interests. The selected students will receive a letter of award between $2,000-$10,000 per academic year (up to 4 years for freshmen and 2 years for transfer students).

Submitting your completed application early will increase your probability of receiving aid. Preference will be given to student who have completed applications by February 1 for Fall. Students will still be considered for scholarships after these dates as funds remain available. Students selected for the scholarship will be informed via email.

Scholarship Universe**

The University of Arizona is very happy to provide our students an exceptional scholarship matching tool called Scholarship Universe. Scholarship Universe was designed and created specifically for UA students and substantially cuts down the work you have to do to find scholarships. Once admitted to the UA, students login with their UA NetID to answer a short series of questions that match them to scholarships they are eligible for. You can access Scholarship Universe here

** Scholarship Universe is only available to direct admitted students.


A sponsored student is any student whose tuition and/or fees are paid directly to the UA by an outside organization that requires an invoice from the university before remitting payment. Students who receive tuition reimbursement or personal payments from an organization are not considered sponsored students. If you will be sponsored by your government or agency, please contact the Program Director for Sponsored Programs in International Student Services at

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship supports women from across the world interested in the pursuing a career in Technology. More information about this award can be found here

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers provides scholarship opportunities for students interested in the Engineering. This website contains a database of potential scholarship opportunities. While many require U.S. Citizenship, there are a handful that are open to international students. For more information, click here.

The Rowe Fund

The Rowe Fund is an interest-free loan program that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States to finance their studies at accredited universities in the United States. Loans can be up to $15,000 USD. More information can be obtained here.

Financial Aid for Students from Sonora, Mexico

A limited number of tuition waivers are available to students from Sonora, Mexico through an agreement between the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Comisión Sonora-Arizona. Qualifying students from Sonora who are studying in Arizona may pay in-state tuition for a maximum of two years. More information can be obtained here.

Students from Sonora are also eligible to apply for a low-interest 10-year loan through the Instituto de Crédito Educativo del Estado de Sonora (ICEES) for up to $20,833 ($250,000 pesos). More information can be obtained here.

Sallie Mae International Student Loan

Loans are another way to cover the cost of your education. Sallie Mae offers a variety of student loan programs for international students studying in the United States. For more information and links to applications, visit: loans are provided directly by Sallie Mae NOT by the University of Arizona.)

On-Campus Employment

Some opportunities for on-campus employment are available to international students. Please check with Career Services to learn more.

Other Funding Sources

Some UA Colleges/Departments may offer scholarships. Check their websites for possible opportunities.

Check with your local EducationUSA office for potential funding sources in your home country.

Browse scholarship search engines like Fastweb or International Scholarships. You should never have to pay to use these sites.