How to Pay for Arizona State University

With nearly 100,000 students and more than a dozen colleges, Arizona State University has something for everyone. But no matter who you are, you’ll need to figure out how to pay for your education there.

Ranked as the most innovative school in the country by U.S. News & World Report, you’ll be at the cutting edge of higher ed whether you attend the undergraduate program, business or nursing schools, or one of the many other leading programs at ASU.

How much does it cost to attend Arizona State University?

ASU is a state school and the cost of tuition will depend on where you live when you apply. In-state tuition will be less if you are from Arizona than if you are from another state. Tuition and other expenses also vary slightly by campus.

For undergraduates, residents of Arizona receive a discounted tuition of around $10,000 per year and can expect to pay close to $30,000 total with living and other expenses (that is still less than half of most private colleges). Tuition for nonresident students is slightly more than $25,000, and the total cost with other expenses is around $45,000 per year. Note that a $15,000 tuition difference between resident and nonresident tuition will add up to $60,000 over four years, so make sure you look into state schools in your home state if you’re from outside of Arizona.

The annual total cost to attend ASU’s law school for Arizona residents is near $50,000, and closer to $65,000 for nonresidents. Students in other graduate programs can expect to pay around $30,000 for in-state tuition and other expenses, and close to $50,000 for nonresident tuition.

The W.P. Carey School of Business is a different case. As of fall of 2015, they started offering free tuition to all students accepted to their program.

What kind of financial aid does Arizona State offer?

For ASU students, need-based aid is awarded via federal and university-provided grants. On the merit side of financial aid, ASU offers a number of scholarships. The New American University Scholar program, for example, provides merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen and the potential of renewal in subsequent years. There are a number of departmental scholarships as well and you can use the financial aid office’s scholarship search to determine those for which you might be eligible. If you’re still in need of financial aid as an undergraduate, you’ll also have the option of federal work study, on-campus jobs, and federal and private student loans.

As mentioned above, the Forward Focus MBA Scholarship grants all accepted students to the W.P. Carey School of Business a scholarship covering the full cost of the program. Law students aren’t as lucky. However, they will be considered for merit-based scholarships when they start at ASU and they can take out federal and private student loans to cover the remaining costs.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at Arizona State?

ASU is located in a sprawling city and is spread across multiple campuses and there are several public transportation options including campus shuttles, which means you don’t have to bring your own vehicle. In fact, many students rely on riding bicycles. If you do choose to bring a car, however, take costs like car payments, insurance, and parking into account.

Greek life at ASU is present, but it is not as prominent as it is at some other schools; student feelings about it seem to be neutral to positive. If you are planning to participate in Greek life, consider the costs associated with rush and fraternity or sorority membership.

Unlike schools on the East Coast, you’ll save some money on winter clothes at ASU—Phoenix has a yearly high average temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll instead need a bathing suit and pool float budget, as pool parties are a common activity among ASU students.

Greek life or not, car or bicycle, account for all your expenses when considering what ASU will cost you. Apply for as many scholarships as you can find, then get ready to enjoy the sun and your fellow Sun Devils!

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