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U of Arizona Covers Tuition for Native Americans

June 29, 2022

Native American students in Arizona will no longer have to pay tuition and fees at the University of Arizona’s Tucson campus starting this fall, according to a news release from the university Monday.

Full-time students living in Arizona who belong to any of the 22 federally recognized tribes in the state will be eligible to receive grants after they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Arizona Native Scholars Grant will cover the remaining costs of in-state tuition and any mandatory fees. More than 400 students enrolled at the University of Arizona last year would qualify for the program.

“I am so proud that that this university has found a way to help hundreds of students more easily access and complete a college education, and I look forward to finding ways to take these efforts even further,” University of Arizona president Robert C. Robbins said in the release.

The grant program is funded through a reallocation of financial aid dollars and will be administered by the enrollment management office.

“The University of Arizona is committed to recognizing and acknowledging the history endured by Native American communities,” Kasey Urquídez, vice president of enrollment management and dean of undergraduate admissions, said in the release. “We are committed to promoting access and success for Indigenous students. This program is part of our continual commitment to serve our Indigenous Wildcats.”

The move comes as similar tuition waivers and scholarship programs to support Indigenous students spring up at colleges and universities across the country.

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