Cost of college and financial aid for a first-year resident student

Cost of college and financial aid for a first-year resident student

First-year resident tuition cost

College is an investment that pays off after graduation. And ASU helps make that investment affordable through a reasonable tuition rate, financial aid opportunities and other scholarships to lower your overall college costs.

Please note that everyone’s net tuition cost is specific to their own circumstances and will be different for each person. To get an idea of what you can expect to please see the ASU tuition calculator.


Average resident tuition and mandatory fees for 2023-24


Average net tuition residents pay after gift aid, work-study and on-campus employment (ABOR Financial Aid Report Fiscal Year 2021)


ASU first-year retention rate (2022)


Tuition-free programs for Arizona residents



College Attainment Grant

  • Covers tuition and fees.
  • Must be Pell-eligible.
  • Valued at $12,698 per year.

Learn more about CAG.



President Barack Obama Scholar Program

  • Covers tuition and fees.
  • Must be Pell-eligible.
  • Eligible students may also receive funding for housing, meals, books and supplies, valued at $28,738 per year.

Learn more about President Barack Obama Scholar Program.


Arizona Promise Program

  • Covers remaining tuition and fees after other gift and merit aid has been applied.
  • Must be Pell-eligible.

Learn more about the Arizona Promise Program



New American University President's Award

  • SAT 1390* | ACT 28* | Core GPA 3.90
  • Valued at $9,000 per year.

(This reflects 2023–24 scholarship amounts. The percentage is for display purposes to demonstrate an estimate of tuition coverage.)

Learn more about the NAMU President's Award.

*ASU does not require ACT or SAT scores for merit scholarship consideration. Visit the scholarship estimator to see what you may be eligible for based on your academic information at

2023–2024 expenses for an Arizona resident first-year student

As a first-year student, you'll pay ASU for tuition and fees, on-campus housing, and meals. Books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses will vary depending on your spending choices and should be budgeted into your college expenses.

Tuition varies based on program and location. View your actual undergraduate college fee by plugging your program of study into ASU's Tuition Estimator.

Calculate your tuition

To get an estimate of what your out-of-pocket costs might look like after financial aid, check out ASU's Net Price Calculator.

Description Cost
Base tuition $11,308
Undergraduate College Fee* $1,110
Student initiated fees $743
On-campus housing and food $17,886
Books, course materials, supplies and equipment. $1,320
Travel $1,536
Personal $2,200
Total $36,103

*This represents the highest possible undergraduate college fee. Visit ASU’s Tuition Estimator for your actual cost.

To see total cost of attendance, visit

What students are saying


The Obama Scholars program, to me, means opportunity. Opportunity to have a chance at higher education and the ability for a scholar from a low-income family be able to raise the bar in his family for his siblings and younger relatives.

Tristan Ochoa Computer information systems major from Buckeye, Arizona

Applying for scholarships

Applying for financial aid

To receive federal financial aid (grants, loans and work-study) you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. 

The FAFSA is officially open for 2024-25! The new FAFSA is a simplified and streamlined experience years in the making. Many students are ready to get started and will be completing their FAFSA this month, so If you experience a pause, or can't log in please just wait a few hours or set a reminder for the next day to jump back in with your FSA ID and complete the application. For more questions go to or call 1-800-4-FED-AID. If you experience expected issues or challenges, please visit this webpage for a helpful list of known issues and ways to troubleshoot.

File your FAFSA 

Once you submit your FAFSA, check your Priority Actions in My ASU regularly to be sure that ASU does not need any additional documents from you to verify your FAFSA. All requests will be listed in My ASU or sent to your ASU email.

Getting a job

Working part time on campus is a great way to help pay for college, meet new people and gain experience. Jobs on campus are conveniently located and come with the flexibility necessary to study for exams and get your schoolwork done. Check out the different types of positions available.


Financial support programs for Arizona residents

ASU College Attainment Grant Program

The College Attainment Grant is ASU’s commitment to high-need Arizona families. Tuition is covered so students can focus on their academics. Consideration date is July 1.

Obama Scholars Program

The President Barack Obama Scholars Program covers tuition and fees, and eligible students may also receive funding for housing, meals, books and supplies. Qualified Arizona residents must be Pell-eligible, demonstrate leadership qualities and meet the required financial need criteria. Consideration date is Jan. 15.


You can earn scholarships while in high school, as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare you to succeed, such as getting good grades, volunteering or joining an extracurricular.

Arizona Foster Youth Award

The Arizona Foster Youth Award helps Arizona foster children earn a college degree by offering them free tuition.

American Indian Student Support Services

ASU’s American Indian Student Support Services office is available to assist American Indian students with academics and finances — including scholarship opportunities — throughout their college experience.