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Funding and aid

Merit-based aid

All Arizona State University students, including those enrolled in Barrett, receive their merit-based aid through the 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 students can apply for additional scholarships to help cover the remaining cost of attendance.

Undocumented, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and students with families of mixed immigration status are encouraged to review the university resources provided by ASU DREAMzone. There are a number of scholarships available to undocumented and DACA-mented students through the ASU scholarship portal, like the Dream Fund, ASU Teachers Academy and ASU Wells Fargo Transborder Research Scholarship. Barrett has some undocumented and DACA student funding options made possible through the thoughtful gifts of private donors; email for more information.

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Need-based aid

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. ASU’s priority FAFSA filing date is Jan. 15 each year. ASU has revised their 2024-2025 priority date to May 1, 2024. However, students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of prompt processing.

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 these reasons, Barrett strongly encourages all students to submit the FAFSA by ASU’s priority filing date.

Need help completing your FAFSA? ASU provides helpful resources. Not from Arizona? Scroll down to the bottom of the Form Your Future website to view the resources in your state.

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Frequently asked questions about funding and aid

Whom can I speak with regarding scholarships and financial assistance? 

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 also may use the Live Chat link found on the financial aid homepage to speak with a financial aid counselor.

Is it possible to work part-time as a Barrett student? 

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 Digest, a daily email sent to all Barrett students, is an excellent resource to help find a part-time position. Students also can 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.

Do I need to be admitted to ASU or Barrett before I can submit the FAFSA?

Some forms of financial aid do not require you to be admitted to a college before you apply for the aid and others do. However, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before you are admitted to a college to find out what you are eligible to receive in federal grants, work-study and loans. Other forms of aid, such as ASU’s New American University Scholarship, require you to be admitted to the university before you can be considered for an award.