Philosophy of Student Financial Aid at ASU

We believe that...

  • The federal formula used is designed to provide an equitable means for evaluating financial status and determining an Expected Family Contributed (EFC).
  • The formula may not address individual situations. Students must let us know if there are extenuating circumstances.
  • Our first responsibility is to assist the most economically-disadvantaged students. Funding is limited. We award to the neediest students first and may not be able to meet all students' total financial needs.
  • Student budgets should reflect reasonable allowances for typical student expenses.
  • The financial aid awarding process ensures distribution of funds in a fair and equitable manner to all aid applicants.
  • Students should make a commitment to their education with both current and future earnings through working and borrowing to pay for their costs. Therefore, self-help (work and loan) is a part of the aid awarded.
  • We have a responsibility to develop information and policies that educate students about loan debt to reduce defaults on student loans.

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