Frequently Asked Questions
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline (Complete both the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 FAFSAs to qualify for New Start financial aid)|
|May 8||Application Deadline|
||Contract Deadline. Deadline to complete FAFSAs to get resident tuition and fee reductions.|
|May 29||Complete Math and English Placement Tests/Requirements on Next Steps Center|
||Refund Deadline (online Contract Cancelation form must be completed by this date to avoid being charged the $150.00 late cancellation fee)|
||Move-in for students in the residence hall. Times will be assigned between 8am and 4pm.|
|June 16||New Start Student Welcome (mandatory for all students) and Family and Advocate Orientation, 7:30 am- 3:30 PM (Optional: Registration required via New Start contract; do not sign up for parent orientation through Next Steps!)|
|June 17||First Day of Classes|
|June 19||New Student Orientation (Mandatory: For Fall Classes)|
|July 4||Independence Day: No Classes|
|July 26||New Start Finals & Award Ceremony (11am)|
|July 26||Residence Hall Move-out (1-5pm)|
All New Start Summer Program participants who wish to receive financial aid for the New Start Summer Program are required to complete BOTH the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 FAFSAs. As an incoming freshman, you must complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA for summer financial assistance AND the 2019-2020 FAFSA for financial aid during the academic year. Applying for financial aid is FREE using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code for The University of Arizona is 001083. The FAFSA is available from the financial aid office at any university or college, your high school counselor's office or online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. In order to ensure that you receive your financial aid in a timely manner, please complete both the 2018-2019 AND 2019-2020 forms by May 15, 2019 at the latest. UA's priority deadline is March 1.
Because financial aid cannot be dispersed until students are enrolled in their classes, students should plan on getting their financial aid released during the first week of the program. Expenses such as meal plans, books, and school supplies can be placed on a student’s Bursar's account if students are relying on financial aid for these purposes. Once financial aid is applied those charges may be covered, and any remaining funds will be dispersed to your student's account. If you place more charges on your Bursar's account than the financial aid received, the Bursar's office will issue a statement that will need to be paid at that time.
Please note: Because of the ways in which fees are billed, some students may receive a refund of funds that are intended to pay for New Start fees. If you receive a refund but were not expecting one, please verify with program staff whether it needs to be used for fees before spending it on other items. Most students will not receive a refund.
Arizona Assurance eligibility is determined by multiple factors, including the information you submit when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Arizona Assurance award is intended for the academic year starting in Fall 2019. However, if you have qualified for Arizona Assurance it is likely that you will still receive financial assistance to attend New Start during the summer in the form of the Federal Pell Grant. In order to be sure, you must complete both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 FASFA forms.
More more information about Arizona Assurance, please visit their website.
Program dates are from June 15 to July 26. While attending New Start, we ask that students make the commitment to attend class each and every day. Because a normal semester is 16 weeks and New Start is only six, students will be working at an accelerated pace. For this reason, there are no excused absences in New Start. If you are taking a vacation that will cause you to be absent, we recommend that you do not enroll in this program. Students may miss only two full days of class. If students miss more than two days, they may be asked to leave New Start and fail their enrolled courses. Students who are removed from the program for attendance reasons will not get fees refunded and will have to pay back any financial aid.
While priority is given to students with a permanent address outside of Tucson, there may be an opportunity for local students to live in the residence hall based on availability. Housing will be assigned based on a number of factors including when students submit their completed contract and housing request. Because students from outside of Tucson have until May 22 to submit their contract, notifications for living assignments will be not be sent until early June.
Please notify us by email at email@example.com if there are unique circumstances which require you to live in the residence hall.
Students living in the residence hall will move in on Saturday, June 15 and will receive a two-hour window between 8am and 4pm during which they should move in. Students will move out on Friday, July 26 between 1:00 and 5:00pm. Please make travel arrangements accordingly.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits the amount of information we can share about students. In the event of an emergency, our program will make every effort to reach your emergency contact as soon as possible at the number you provided in your New Start interest form and contract. If the student is under 18 for any portion of New Start, please make sure that you have completed and submitted a "Consent to Treat a Minor Form" to Campus Health. In situations involving drugs or alcohol in the residence hall, a student's emergency contact will be notified, and the student may be asked to leave the residence hall.
The University of Arizona is committed to equal learning opportunity for students with disabilities and recognizes that accommodations or modifications are necessary to ensure access to campus courses, services, activities, and facilities. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is a service office on campus that determines and provides or arranges reasonable accommodation. DRC also offers competitive adaptive athletic opportunities, physical support, and disability-related programs. If you plan on registering and requesting disability-related accommodations, you will need to contact the DRC directly. Please visit their website at http://drc.arizona.edu and forward the appropriate documentation and requests for information to:
Disability Resource Center
1224 E. Lowell Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
You can also reach the DRC by calling (520) 621-3268 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students attending the New Start Summer Program should pay their enrollment deposit as soon as possible and sign up for the June 19 orientation program. If that date is not showing as an option, students should select any available date. After this, New Student Orientation staff will change your date to the June 19 orientation session. You will not be charged the $30 orientation change fee. Because New Start students need to attend this session in order to avoid duplicating their course schedule for the Fall, attending earlier or later sessions will not be permitted. Do not sign up for parent orientation through the Next Steps Center, as there is no parent orientation on June 19. There is a New Start Family and Advocate Orientation on Sunday, June 16 that is free of charge. You can sign up for this when completing the New Start contract.
New Start students who are also a part of the Honors College will have an extended Honors orientation session on June 19th. Please keep an eye on your UA email account for details on that session.
By submitting the contract, you agree to attend the June 19 University of Arizona New Student Orientation session. If you have already signed up for another Orientation date, your date will be changed to the June 19 session at no charge.
If you cancel your New Start contract, you will be charged the $30.00 change fee, and you are responsible for rescheduling your New Student Orientation by contacting the Next Steps Center at (520) 621-5293 or at email@example.com(link sends e-mail)
Many students choose to work over the summer. However, we recommend carefully considering the nature of this program before selecting summer employment. We recommend that students work no more than 20 hours per week in order to leave time for tutoring, studying, and other optional New Start programs. Job opportunities on-campus during the summer can be limited; students can learn more about on-campus employment opportunities by visiting the Student Engagement and Career Development's jobs page, Handshake.
The deadline to apply to New Start is May 8, and you must have completed your UA application in order to submit a New Start interest form. Once admitted to New Start, students have until May 22 to submit their New Start contract through their UA Future account.
Family and advocates wishing to attend the Family and Advocate Component of New Student Orientation may do so on Sunday, June 16, 2019. This event is optional and is separate from the orientation that your students will receive. New Start Family and Advocate Orientation is free of charge. Housing for family and advocates is not included. In order to register as a family member or advocate going through Orientation, please have your student select this option when completing their New Start online contract. Do not sign up for parent orientation through the Next Steps Center.
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That depends on a number of factors: whether students are Arizona residents, whether they place into 6 or 7 units, whether they live in the residence hall, and whether they qualify for a summer Pell Grant. Arizona residents will received reduced fees for the program and residence halls. Arizona residents who complete the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 FAFSAs are eligible for New Start financial aid. Students who qualify for a summer Pell Grant, regardless of residency, have all their program charges covered.
If students have submitted their online contract and wish to cancel, they must do so using the online cancellation form.
The Contract Cancellation form must be completed by June 8, 2019 in order to avoid being charged the New Start cancellation fee of $150. Students canceling after June 8 or who do not show up for the program will still be assessed this fee as outlined in the contract.
Because of all steps allowing us to keep New Start so affordable, tuition and fees will not be finalized until a few days before New Start begins. Some financial aid will not be posted until the first or second day of the program.
All program fees not covered by financial aid will be due at the start of the program. Students will not be charged late fees or dropped from enrollment for fees that will be covered by their financial aid package. You do not need to send any money to our office. All program-related charges and fees will be assessed to your student’s University Bursar’s account and can be paid through the Bursar’s office online. You can access your Bursar's account through the UAccess Student Center with your UA NetID and password.
Yes, individuals wishing to use their qualified tuition reduction (QTR) to help pay for the cost of New Start may do so. QTR will be used instead of and not in addition to the New Start Tuition Scholarship for Arizona residents. Arizona residents with completed FAFSAs receive a scholarship that covers 68% of tuition, while QTR for dependents is a 75% reduction in tuition. This means dependents using QTR will pay approximately $125 - $150 less than those students using the New Start Tuition Scholarship.
If a student using QTR still has financial need they can apply for the New Start Friends and Alumni Scholarship to cover up to the remaining cost of the program.