financial aid and scholarships

Financial aid & scholarship services

After you have completed your application and have perfected the pitchfork the very next thing to do is manage how you plan to pay for school. 

Start by applying again!

Welcome to college, where apps originated.  File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Regardless of income, it is good to file for a vast majority of students.  Here is information to help.  The FAFSA is available at https://fafsa.ed.govYou will need to submit a 2018-2019 application.  (Tip:  2019-2020 will be available soon!)

Open and available to complete as of 10.01.2017.  ASU has a Priority date set on 01.01.18.  That's three whole months just to submit the application. 

Deadline vs. Priority Date 

A deadline is the last possible date to complete a task, application, or requirement.  Whereas a priority date provides whomever priority status if a task, application, or requirement is completed by the date specified. 

Your FAFSA is based on prior, prior year tax information.  This means 2016 tax information is used to complete FAFSA for 2018-2019.  For 2019-2020 you will use your taxes from 2017. 

Filing your FAFSA for 2018-2019 and something has changed?

We understand that some families’ income may have changed significantly since the 2016 tax year. If this is the case for you, you must complete the FAFSA with the info it asks for (2016). Then, after filing your FAFSA, contact the financial aid office at your school to explain your situation. The school has the ability to assess your situation and make adjustments to your FAFSA. Things to consider:

  • Change of income (reduction or one-time income)
  • Change of household size
  • Change of marital status
  • Change in status: Graduate, Senior/Junior, Sophomore, First Year & more

What if I qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) should begin by speaking with an ASU Financial Aid & Scholarship Services representative for more information.  We also have a number of ASU Staff and Faculty who can assist with connecting you with resources.  DREAMzone Allies are available throughout the four campuses to assist you.  (My office is just one of many.)

ASU DREAMzone Resources
The Dream
Congressman Ed & Verma Pastor Scholarship
Scholarships for Undocumented Student by Generation Progress
Educators for Fair Consideration – Scholarships
Isac Amaya Foundation
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Latino College Dollars
College Greenlight – List of 26 Scholarships for Undocumented Students
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund
David-Sputter Scholarship Fund

Filing a FAFSA is a good start but not the only place to seek aid. 

Where else can I find the money?

Non-University Scholarships

BATter up! BAT Man, BAT Woman, pancake BATter, SabBATical, acroBATics, BAThymetry (measurement of the depth of bodies of water).  See a pattern?  Remember "bat" each time scholarship season occurs. 

  • Brainstorm– Consider everything around you and in your life. It helps to find themes to assist with the next step.
  • Ask/Research – Consider professional associations, unions, non-profits, organizations, charitable groups, ethnic or minority organizations, etc.
  • Take Action/Apply – All scholarships require work. Whether it’s improving/maintaining your grades, writing scholarship essays or other scholarship projects, or finishing and submitting the application before the deadline, do the work. IT IS WORTH IT!

 The way I see it:

Scholarships are a bit like the lottery, in that if you don’t play, you generally won’t win. But, with scholarships, you have MUCH better odds at getting the prize. You also have far more control over your chances by finding scholarships that are a good fit, applying multiple places, and submitting applications frequently instead of just once or twice and hoping to win the jackpot.

Typically, the students I see who are successful at receiving scholarships will apply for a scholarship twice a week, maybe three. Make it a habit. And, if you see a scholarship that you don’t qualify for, but it might benefit your classmate or friend, be sure to pass it along!

Think outside the box and be creative. Don’t get too wrapped up into a single way of thinking. Options are limitless. Get others involved: your parents, your aunts/uncles, friends, co-workers can be valuable in getting additional money or ideas. Some may work for a professional association or union that gives out scholarships; but if you don’t ask, you may never know.  Everyone has their own STYLE, that's what makes the world so cool.  You will find the perfect one for you. 

Besides scholarships and financial aid, there are other ways to find money for school:

  • Many places of employment offer tuition benefits to their employees. Check with your place of employment to see if tuition benefits are offered and its requirements.
  • Many places of employment also offer scholarships to family members of its employees. Again, check with your family member’s employer to see if such opportunities exist.
  • Also check out our collection of Funding Opportunities.
  • ASU has part-time job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. These jobs are ideal as many are on-campus (and/or off-campus) and can often accommodate the abnormal schedule of a student. Student job opportunities can be found at the ASU Student Employment website. Professional development opportunities geared toward graduate-level students can be found at the ASU Graduate College website.
  • For general questions, please use the ASU Financial Aid website as a resource. This also shows how fellow ASU students are able to afford their education.

More resources

Where does Doug search for scholarships?


Believe it or not, Google can be used to help you find scholarships.  

Where does Doug find visual answers to many questions?


Still, have questions or concerns? There's a Doug for that!

Douglas Capitan
Financial Resource Coordinator
Student Support Appointments.

Or contact the financial aid office at (480) 965-3355 or toll-free at 855-278-5080.