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ASU committed to serving students through its aid programs


November 06, 2008
Students looking to enroll in college this spring or next fall should not be deterred by the state's current financial challenges. Arizona State University offers abundant opportunities for financial aid programs that ensure that a lack of family resources will not prevent enrollment or continued attendance for any qualified student.

This year, ASU will award more than $100 million in scholarships and grants, a substantial commitment to helping students succeed. Whether based on financial need or merit, these programs offer critically needed assistance in financing an ASU education.

In fact, ASU students have on average 64 percent of their need met by financial aid. The debt they owe at graduation averages $16,856, which is lower than the average for most of the top public institutions in the country and less than one would pay for a new car in today's market.

ASU will continue its investment in Arizona students through its ASU Advantage program, a financial aid initiative for students from low-income backgrounds. Eligible students must be Arizona residents with a family income of $25,000 or less and be admitted to ASU as degree-seeking freshmen.

ASU, by design, remains one of the best values in the country, having one of the lowest levels of tuition of any senior research university in the nation. The university embraces its many roles as an institution of higher education, but in particular embraces its responsibility to provide an exceptional education for all qualified students from Arizona.

ASU has seen unimaginable growth and change in its 123-year history, moving from a teacher's college to a nationally recognized research university and pioneering model of the New American University. According to the Princeton Review, ASU offers a "bang for your buck," combining affordable tuition with excellent academics.

In addition, U.S. News & World Report names ASU as one of the best “Up-and-Coming Schools” in the 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges”. This new ranking highlights colleges and universities that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity and facilities.

At ASU, students have more than 250 majors and more than 12,000 classes from which to choose. They benefit from both the breadth of a major research university and the attention of a faculty that is visionary and committed to teaching.

For more information on financial aid at ASU students should contact the Financial Aid Office at 480.965.3355, or financialaid@asu.edu, or visit http://students.asu.edu/financial-aid.