Arizona Teachers Academy

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Arizona Teachers Academy at ASU?

A: It is a scholarship that covers tuition and fees for students who complete a teacher certification program and commit to teaching in an Arizona school after graduation.

Q: What are the financial benefits of the scholarship?

A: The scholarship covers tuition and mandatory fees after a student has accepted all other non-loan aid such as institutional scholarships, federal Pell grants and private scholarships.

Q: How many students will be awarded the scholarship?

A: ASU is awarding up to 1,000 undergraduates and 72 graduate students in academic year 2019-20.

Q: Who is eligible?

A: You must be an Arizona resident as determined by Arizona State University for tuition purposes; an admitted undergraduate, graduate or post-baccalaureate student at ASU; and have submitted and, if necessary, completed any outstanding items to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

GPA requirements
New ASU students are eligible by meeting the GPA requirements for admission to ASU. Current ASU students need to have Good Academic Standing at the university (2.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for graduate students) in order to be eligible).

Eligible students include:

  • ASU undergraduate students who have junior standing or higher and are admitted to or enrolled in a program that leads to initial teacher certification
  • Working paraprofessionals admitted to any term of an ASU bachelor's degree program leading to teacher certification
  • ASU master's and post-baccalaureate students who are admitted to or enrolled in a program that leads to initial teacher certification

Q: I think I’m eligible but haven’t been offered a scholarship. What do I need to do?

A: If you meet the eligibility requirements noted above and are interested in ATA, please submit the interest form here to be considered for the scholarship. Please contact us at ATAaward@asu.edu with any questions about eligibility.

Q: What’s required of scholarship recipients?

A: Scholarship recipients must meet expectations outlined in their scholarship agreement while enrolled and after graduation.

While enrolled

  • Complete a FAFSA for each year enrolled at ASU. Students selected for FAFSA verification must complete verification and any priority tasks in MyASU to receive their scholarships.
  • Maintain continuous enrollment as a student in an initial teacher certification program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress, including but not limited to, a grade point average of no less than 2.0 each semester for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students. 

Upon graduation

  • Each student who graduates from ASU having received an ATA scholarship will be expected to teach in an Arizona public school for a length of time equal to the number of years the student received the ATA scholarship. For example, if you receive an ATA scholarship each year over a two-year period, you must then teach a total of two consecutive school years at an Arizona public school. Partial year awards will be converted into a 1 year teaching obligation. If you receive the award for 1 semester, the teaching obligation is 1 year.
  • Graduates need to begin their first school year of eligible full-time teaching service within twelve (12) months from the date they become eligible to receive a teaching certificate.
  • If a student does not meet these requirements, the tuition scholarship will convert to a loan, and the student will be required to repay the total amount of the tuition scholarship. Full requirements and conditions are explained in the Arizona Teachers Academy tuition scholarship agreement.

Q: Will the paid teaming model of MLFTC Professional Pathways or InMAC graduate program fulfill my teaching requirement?

A: No. You must obtain a teaching position in an Arizona public school after graduation and teach for a length of time equal to the scholarship received.

Q: Will I be required to provide proof of my employment at an Arizona Public School?

A:  Yes, you will need to submit employment verification documentation along with the Request for Employment Verification form on a semi-annual basis. Form to be provided at a later date.

Q: Why am I required to provide a copy of my W-2 to verify employment?

A: It serves as an independent verification document in conjunction with a copy of your signed contract. The W-2 information is matched with your contract information.

Q: What happens if I leave the teaching profession before completing my obligation?

A: Your scholarship will convert to a loan and you must reimburse ASU for the amount you received.

Q: What if I need to withdraw for medical reasons?

A: You will need to contact our Student Support Coordinator Hannah Lee at Hannah.udom@asu.edu and the Business Office at ATAaward@asu.edu.

Q: How do I request a deferment?

A: Please email ATAaward@asu.edu to request an ATA Deferment Request form.