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There are three types of financial aid available to you as a freshman:

  • Money you don’t pay back

  • Money you do pay back

  • Money you earn


Important: Filling out the FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid — is your key to unlocking nearly every kind of financial aid you may qualify for. You must fill out a FAFSA each year, even if you submitted one in previous years. Your FAFSA does not commit you to any particular college or financial obligation. You will not need current-year tax records to complete the FAFSA.

Submit FAFSA

Money you don’t pay back

There are two kinds of aid you never have to pay back: scholarships and grants.

Scholarships

  • You may be eligible for other scholarships available through Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College that require separate or additional application forms. They include:
    • Marilyn and James Schmidlin Scholarship for Educators — This need-based scholarship is available only to incoming freshmen in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. You must be admitted to ASU before applying, as your ASU ID number is required to access the portal. Application also requires a FAFSA.
      Schmidlin scholarship

    • Family Spirit scholarship — The scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College on the ASU West campus. A FAFSA is required, as is a 3.0 or higher GPA.
      Family Spirit scholarship

  • Scholarships are also available through ASU. A FAFSA is required for all of them. They include:
    • New American University Scholarships — These are awarded on the basis of academics, not need. You are automatically considered for these awards when you are admitted to ASU.

    • Miscellaneous scholarships can be found through the ASU scholarship search. You are not automatically considered for these awards. They vary by cost, type (need-based, academic achievement) and application requirements. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is not involved in these awards.
      ASU scholarship search

  • Some scholarships are specific to Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. You are not automatically considered for these scholarships with admission, and must apply through the college’s scholarship office. You must be admitted to ASU before applying — your ASU ID number is required to access the portal. A FAFSA is required for most of them. Factors determining your eligibility may include merit, financial need, application essays and specific academic criteria. Learn more and apply.

Grants

  • Grants for freshmen are available from several sources. They are need-based gift assistance awarded to qualified undergraduate students. A FAFSA is required. Learn more about grants through ASU.

  • The TEACH grant — Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education — is a federal program that provides up to $4,000 per year while you complete your degree if you agree to teach a high needs subject area in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families after graduation. A FAFSA is required. Learn more and apply.

Money you do pay back

This kind of aid comes from loans. They are not arranged or supported by ASU, but between you or a parent or guardian, and the lender. There are three kinds:

  • Federal student loans — These are between you and the federal government. A FAFSA is required.

  • Federal parent loans — Usually called Parent PLUS Loans, they are between a parent or guardian and the federal government. A FAFSA is required.

  • Private student loans — Private loans are education loans that are funded not by the federal government, but by private lenders such as banks or credit unions. They are generally more expensive (in interest rates) than federal loans. They may require a co-signer. Other requirements vary between lenders.

Loan forgiveness programs for teachers are available through most states, including Arizona, and from the U.S. government. ASU and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College are not involved in the application for or approval of loan forgiveness.

  • The state of Arizona offers the Math, Science and Special Education Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program for college juniors and seniors entering the teaching profession in Arizona public schools. These loans are arranged through the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education.

  • The U.S. Department of Education oversees two types of loan forgiveness programs to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Learn more.

Money you earn

As a freshman you have several options for earning money while you attend ASU:

  • Federal work-study — A FAFSA is required for this need-based program that encourages community service work related to your course of study. One such program is America Reads, coordinated with ASU.

  • ASU hourly employment — Most student workers are limited to 25 hours per week or less. You may apply for hourly employment positions throughout the year. New jobs are posted daily.

  • Off-campus employment — Part-time employment opportunities with off-campus employers are an option, but are not supported or brokered by ASU or Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

  • Education at Work — This nonprofit organization partners with local employers to fill their customer service staff positions with ASU students.