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What is the Obama Scholars Program?

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The President Barack Obama Scholars Program extends ASU's commitment to providing education opportunities to Arizona’s motivated, high achieving students. Using a variety of aid sources, ASU will cover students’ estimated direct costs of attending ASU (minus the Student Aid Index as determined by the FAFSA) for up to eight full-time, consecutive fall and spring semesters. Summer sessions are not covered. 

To automatically be considered for the academic year, you must meet the ASU Obama Scholars Program criteria:
  • be an Arizona resident for tuition purposes 
  • be a new, full-time freshman entering immediately after your Arizona high school graduation 
  • be a degree seeking student (excluding online degree programs) 
  • have a complete ASU admissions application on file (application, test scores, transcripts and application fee) by January 15th
  • meet Freshman Admission Requirements   
  • submit your FAFSA by May 1, 2024
  • submit all requested documents for financial aid verification by July 1st.
  • be Federal Pell Grant eligible  
  • demonstrate a total family income of $42,400 or less on the FAFSA
Estimated direct costs covered by the Obama Scholars Program include:
  • actual tuition and mandatory fees 
  • a standard allowance for room, board and books/supplies
Costs not covered by the Obama Scholars Program:
  • special class fees 
  • study abroad program fees 
  • summer tuition and fees
  • personal and travel expenses
  • computer purchases
ASU will award recipients a combination of the following sources of aid. These awards do not require repayment.
  • Federal Pell Grants 
  • Institutional Grants 
  • FSEOG and LEAP Grants 
  • Federal Work-Study 
  • scholarships 
  • outside resources 
For additional information, please visit the Obama Scholars Program website.

Related Article: Why Doesn't My Obama Scholarship Cover Everything?


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