Frequently Asked Questions

The deadline to apply to New Start is now June 3, and you must have completed your UA application in order to submit a New Start application. Once admitted to New Start, students should begin checking their UA email for communications from the New Start team.

COVID-19 UPDATE: For summer 2020, we will not be housing students on campus. Please contact us if you are experiencing unique circumstances for which you'd need a place to live during the program.

Students living in the dorm will move in on Saturday, June 13 and will receive a two-hour window between 8am and 4pm during which they should move in. Students will move out on Friday, July 24 between 1:00 and 5:00pm. Please make travel arrangements accordingly.

Confirmation of your space in the dorm will be sent May 22, with roommate assignments and move-in windows assigned on June 5.

In light of COVID-19 and to protect students' safety, we will not be hosting students in the dorms for summer 2020. Please notify us by email at newstart@email.arizona.edu if there are unique circumstances which require you to live in the residence hall.

November 4 New Start 2020 Application Opens

March 1

UA Priority Deadline for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSAs

June 3

New Start Application Deadline (Extended from May 3)
June 3
 
Deadline to submit 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSAs for New Start Financial Aid consideration
June 10 Complete Math and English Placement Tests/Requirements on Next Steps Center
June 17
 
Refund Deadline (online Contract Cancelation form must be completed by this date to avoid being charged the late cancellation fee)
June 20 Deadline to submit your 8th semester high school transcript via nextsteps.arizona.edu. 
June 29 First Day of Classes
June 24 Online New Student Orientation (Mandatory: For Fall Classes)
July 3 University Closure; No Classes
August 7 New Start Finals & Awards; Last Day of the Program

 

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 also note that if selected for federal verification, the Federal Pell Grant cannot be disbursed until the "Verify My FAFSA" process is completed for the 2019-2020 FAFSA.

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.

All New Start Summer Program participants who wish to receive financial aid for the New Start Summer Program are required to complete BOTH the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 FAFSAs. As an incoming freshman, you must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA for summer financial assistance AND the 2020-2021 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 2019-2020 AND 2020-2021 forms by May 20, 2020 at the latest. UA's priority deadline is March 1. 

It is also important to complete the "Verify My FAFSA" process if selected for Federal Verification. Please watch your UA email and UAccess Student Center to learn if you will need to complete this step.

Yes, individuals wishing to use their qualified tuition reduction (QTR) to help pay for the cost of New Start may do so! Per university financial aid policies, 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 direct cost of the program.

Because of all steps allowing us to keep New Start affordable, tuition and fees will not be finalized until just 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. 

If students have submitted their online application and wish to cancel, they must do so using the online cancellation form

The Contract Cancellation form must be completed by June 3, 2020 in order to avoid being charged the New Start cancellation fee. Students canceling after June 3 or who do not show up for the program will still be assessed this fee as outlined in the contract. 

If you cancel your New Start application, you are responsible for rescheduling your New Student Orientation by contacting the Next Steps Center at (520) 621-5293 or at admissions@arizona.edu.

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 dorm, and whether they qualify for a summer Pell Grant. Arizona residents will received reduced fees for the program and dorm. Arizona residents who complete the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSAs in a timely manner are eligible for New Start financial aid. Students who qualify for a summer Pell Grant, regardless of residency, have all direct costs of the program covered. Please note that New Start does not cover indirect costs: meals, transportation/parking, and any textbooks required for your classes (our instructors make every effort to keep book costs as low as possible!)

Please visit our page on Fees & Financial Support for more details on New Start costs.

Family and advocates wishing to attend the Family and Advocate Component of New Student Orientation may do so on Sunday, June 14, 2020. 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. Please do not sign up for parent orientation through the Next Steps Center.

La presentación de esenciales de familia también será ofrecída en español.

Yes, many students choose to work over the summer!

We do ask that students be mindful of the fast-paced nature of this program and make an informed decision about the workload they can reasonably fit into their schedule while maintaining their overall wellness. Before seeking employment, we ask that students first look at the daily schedule, then seek work for no more than 20 hours per week in order to leave time for tutoring, studying, and other optional New Start programs. Students can learn more about on-campus employment opportunities by visiting Student Engagement and Career Development's jobs page, Handshake.

By submitting your application for New Start, you agree to attend the June 24 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 24 session at no charge.

If you cancel your New Start application, 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 admissions@arizona.edu

Students attending the New Start Summer Program should pay their enrollment deposit as soon as possible and sign up for the June 24 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 24 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 permittedIn addition, please do not sign up for parent orientation through the Next Steps Center, as there is no parent orientation on June 24. There is a New Start Family and Advocate Orientation on Sunday, June 14 that is free of charge. New Start will contact you in the weeks before the program to collect RSVPs.

Program dates are from June 13 to July 24. 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 planning 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, though they should be mindful of their instructors' individual policies regarding attendance points, exams, or content missed. 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.

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 2020. 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 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FASFA forms.

For more more information about Arizona Assurance, please visit their website.

Mail works differently during the summer than it does the academic year. Please do not send mail to the residence hall directly! To send mail via US Postal Service, use the following address:
 
New Start Summer Program
ATTN: Student's Name
822 E. 5th Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
 
Please do not send mail prior to move-in or send large packages (for example, large boxes of personal belongings). Mail may take up to 2-3 days longer to reach your student, as it has to be routed through campus mail first.

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 uadrc@email.arizona.edu.

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.

To learn more about New Student Orientation, please visit the Next Step Center’s website at https://nextsteps.arizona.edu or New Student Orientation’s website at http://orientation.arizona.edu.