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Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, provides an exemplary education and unique honors experience for bright, motivated students at an affordable cost. ASU students who are enrolled in Barrett do not see an increase in their university tuition but have an additional honors college program fee of $750 per semester.

Any conversation about the costs of college attendance should go beyond tuition and include housing, meal plans, university and program fees, unique class costs, books, and incidental expenses such as entertainment and travel for out-of-state students. Important online tools to help prospective students estimate their costs of attendance, including a Net Price Calculator and Scholarship Estimator, are available here. Prospective Barrett students are also encouraged to review costs for housing and meal plans at the ASU campus of their major by visiting the housing area of our website.

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What is the purpose of the Barrett fee?

What is the purpose of the Barrett fee?

All fee money is invested in bettering the honors experience for Barrett students. The honors college fee supports an extensive array of honors academic projects and activities, ranging from opportunities to present at conferences to bringing in prominent external examiners or persons with expertise to sit on honors thesis committees. The fee also supports summer study abroad scholarships, housing scholarships, and many other student services and programs. Barrett students who wish to play an active role in determining how the fee money is allocated should contact the Barrett Honors College Council for information on the Dean’s Advisory Fee Committee.

What merit-based aid do Barrett students usually receive?

What merit-based aid do Barrett students usually receive?

All Arizona State University students, including those enrolled in Barrett, receive their merit-based aid through the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services Office. Merit-based aid is awarded without regard for financial need and reflects academic achievement.

Most incoming honors students receive ASU merit-based aid through the New American University Scholarship (NAMU) program. Students are automatically considered for the NAMU awards when they apply to ASU.

Prospective and current students can apply for additional scholarships to help cover the remaining cost of attendance. Some examples include:

  • ASU’s scholarship portal There are scholarships at ASU with specific criteria, varying deadlines, and differing application requirements.
  • Barrett scholarships: Most of the honors college scholarships close on February 1 and require applicants to be admitted to Barrett by February 22.
  • Departmental scholarships: Many colleges and departments within ASU offer scholarships for specific majors.

What need-based aid do Barrett students usually receive?

What need-based aid do Barrett students usually receive?

All Arizona State University students, including those enrolled in Barrett, receive their need-based aid through the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services Office. Need-based aid is determined by the evaluation of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is based on a student’s financial circumstances. The FAFSA opens October 1, and ASU’s priority filing date for fall 2019 is January 1, 2019.

As the name suggests, there is no cost to submit the FAFSA. Additionally, there is no requirement that a student accept any awards offered, and many scholarships require a current FAFSA to be on file with ASU. For those reasons, Barrett strongly encourages all students to submit the FAFSA by ASU’s priority filing date.

Need help completing your FAFSA? Attend College Goal FAFSA events to get answers to your questions and help completing your FAFSA. ASU will host sites in Arizona as part of the College Goal FAFSA events taking place nationwide. Not from Arizona? Simply scroll down to view the resources in your state on the Form Your Future website.

Who can I speak to regarding scholarships and financial aid?

Who can I speak to regarding scholarships and financial aid?

ASU financial aid representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For questions related to financial aid and scholarships, contact the ASU Student Financial Assistance Office at 855-278-5080. You may also utilize the Live Chat link found on the financial aid homepage to speak with a financial aid counselor.

Is it possible to work part-time while taking classes?

Is it possible to work part-time while taking classes?

Many Barrett students need to work in order to address educational and living expenses. Some feel that skills obtained from working complement academic performance and communicate to future employers an ability to succeed in a professional setting. The Honors Listserv, a daily email sent to all Barrett students, is an excellent resource; check your Honors-L emails daily for internships, research, employment, and many other opportunities. Students can also search for available jobs on the ASU Student Employment webpage. Finally, the honors advising staff helps to connect Barrett students with resources on- and off-campus. Once enrolled, honors college students should not hesitate to discuss employment opportunities with their honors advisor.

Important Links

Important Links

Resources for all students:

ASU offers numerous resources to support you in preparing your scholarship applications. Learn how to highlight your unique strengths and experiences and make your application stand out here.

In addition to the resources above, transfer students to ASU should explore scholarships unique to them with deadlines and without.