Frequently Asked Questions
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Why participate in the program?Click or enter to reveal information below
Great question! The program offers you an opportunity to do a number of things that lead to success in college:
- Get 6 units of academic credit, moving you a half a semester closer to graduation
- Get a feel for the campus that will become your home away from home
- Learn the ropes of living in the residence halls
- Meet other new Wildcats so you have a network of friends on campus
- Get to know the city of Tucson and all it has to offer
- Learn strategies for academic success from returning students who have been where you are
"I feel like a Super Freshman. I feel like I should be called a sophomore even though I've only been here for four weeks." -- Nyarah B., Oakland, CA, 2015 Participant
How do students apply to the UAdvantage First Year Experience?Click or enter to reveal information below
Applications will open in Novmeber and are due by June 24, 2019. Once you have applied, you will receive an email from UAdvantage with important program information. This email will be sent to your CatMail and will have a link to the online contract, which you will need to complete to secure your space in the program. Contracts are due by July 1, 2019.
Who can participate in UAdvantage?Click or enter to reveal information below
This program is open to all first-time, full-time freshmen who graduate high school in the 2018-2019 school year and will be enrolled in the Fall 2019 semester at UA. While any first-time freshmen can apply, the program has a focus on welcoming new Wildcats from outside of Arizona so that they can get a jump start on learning about all UA has to offer and get to know their new home away from home - the UA campus and the city of Tucson.
How much does the program cost?Click or enter to reveal information below
The cost of the UAdvantage First Year Experience is $4,950 and you can earn $1,000 of that back! This fee includes:
- Summer tuition and fees for the program courses (non-residents pay in-state tuition for summer classes!)
- Summer residence hall and early move-in fees for your permanent residence hall
- Program fee to cover social and educational programs
- Peer advising during the program and throughout your entire Freshman year
- Your Pre-Welcome Week experience
The fee does not cover:
- Food (meal plan options will be available to purchase)
- Parking (if you bring a vehicle to campus)
- Books for the summer class, as applicable
Get $1,000 back!
Students earning a B or better in both classes will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship for their freshman year! Must be enrolled for 12 or more units each semester AND attending their bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with their Peer Advisors during the academic year to receive the scholarship.
When do we pay the fee?Click or enter to reveal information below
Is there financial aid for the program?Click or enter to reveal information below
Students who wish to apply for financial aid must complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA in addition to the 2019-2020 FAFSA that they complete for their freshman year. This is because summer terms are a part of the prior year in terms of financial aid (summer 2019 is a part of the 2018-2019 aid year). Based on that FAFSA, student have two options:
Students with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 4700 or less will qualify for some amount of Pell grant. For 6 units, students with an EFC 4700 or less may qualify for a grant between $290 and $1450, depending on their EFC.
The other option for students is to request student loans for the summer. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will not automatically provide a financial aid package that includes loans, so if you would like to utilize loans for UAdvantage, you will need to request a loan from them. More information can be found at financialaid.arizona.edu.
Can students work during the program?Click or enter to reveal information below
Students can work during the program, but are encouraged to consider the accelerated nature of the program course when making decisions about how many hours per week of work is manageable. Considering the course, peer advising, and programs students will be participating in, we recommend that students not work more than 15 hours per week.
Can students leave during the program for vacation?Click or enter to reveal information below
When do students move into their Residence Hall?Click or enter to reveal information below
Students have the ability to move into their Fall residence halls on August 14, 2019, but are required to participate in a Pre-Welcome Week activity if they are staying on campus. This is to keep everyone safe and accounted for. If students would like to go home and come back closer to the start of school, they are welcome to do so. Regular move in for 2019 begins August 22nd.
What if students have a medical emergency?Click or enter to reveal information below
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act limits the amount of information we can share about students; however, if an emergency arises, our program will make every effort to contact your family as soon as possible at the number provide in the student's contract and registration. If the student is under 18 for any portion of the program, 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, your family will be notified and the student will be asked to leave the residence hall.
What if a student needs a disability related accommodation?Click or enter to reveal information below
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 program. If a student plans on registering and requesting disability-related accommodations, they 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 email@example.com.
Do students still need to attend a New Student Orientation?Click or enter to reveal information below
Yes! New Student Orientation is required for all incoming freshmen. It provides critical information about the university, academic advising, your fall schedule, and so much more. The UAdvantage First Year Experience will certainly help to orient students to the academic and campus life of the university, but is not a substitute for the New Student Orientation program. Please be sure to select an orientation session through your Next Steps Center (https://nextsteps.arizona.edu).
Can I participate with my student?Click or enter to reveal information below
The UAdvantage First Year Experience is only for incoming freshmen and is an opportunity for new students to connect with other new students. As such, we will not have an opportunity for parents or family members to participate. However, we will stay in contact with our Family and Advocate weekly newsletter during the program!
How do I cancel my participation?Click or enter to reveal information below
If you have applied to the program but have not yet completed your contract, you do not need to do anything.
If you have completed your contract and wish to cancel, visit http://uadvantage.arizona.edu/cancel. Please note that your $250 deposit is non-refundable. The cancellation deadline is July 3, 2019. If you cancel by this date, the deposit is your only fee. If you cancel after this date or "no show" to the program, you will be charged an additional $150 late cancellation fee as per the terms of the contract.
What should I bring to UAdvantage?Click or enter to reveal information below
UAdvantage recommends students review Residence Life's Move-In Checklist for items to bring when moving into the residence halls.
Keep in mind that students will only be in the UAdvantage hall for three weeks and we will then help them to move into their assigned hall for the start of the Fall semester. If students are moving to off-campus housing after UAdvantage, we are not able to help them move.
Can UAdvantage participants bring cars to campus?Click or enter to reveal information below
While bringing a car to UA is not necessary, as there are great University-specific and public transportation available on the UA campus, it is available to student participants. UAdvantage has partnered with the UA's Parking and Transportation (PTS) department to offer on-campus parking to participants bringing vehicles to campus during the program. Students will be emailed the form in the few weeks leading up to the program if they wish to bring their vehicle. The form and payment should be taken, by hand, to the PTS office the day of their arrival to campus. Students will receive their parking permit directly from PTS at that time.
Parking permits in garages and lots for the academic school year can be purchased on the Parking and Transportation website.
The University of Arizona has strict and enforced parking rules. Students bringing vehicles are responsible for reviewing and adhering to those rules. UAdvantage is not responsible for student participants who do not review or do not adhere to PTS rules.
Do students need a meal plan for UAdvantage?Click or enter to reveal information below
Students do not need a meal plan for the UAdvantage First-Year Experience. In fact, we suggest that students either budget to pay for meals out of pocket or put CatCash on their CatCard to use for food on campus. All on-campus eateries accept credit card payments and CatCash, however they have very limited hours. In addition, all residence halls on campus have a full kitchen, including a refrigerator, if students wish to prepare any of their meals themselves. If a student wishes to have a personal mini-fridge in their room, they should plan to bring it with them or purchase one when they arrive.
If a student is electing to have a UA Meal Plan for their freshmen year, they are able to access those funds, but ONLY if they contact the Meal Plan office on their own and request an early disbursement. This also means the full meal plan cost will be posted to the student's Bursars account at that time. Students can contact the Meal Plan on their website, or by calling 520-621-7043.
Does my student need to do anything additional for housing for UAdvantage?Click or enter to reveal information below
Students who complete their application, contract, and deposit for UAdvantage will be placed in the designated residence hall for the program. Students will not need to complete anything additional for their summer housing - it is all coordinated by the UAdvantage program. No roommate requests will be accommodated. If a student needs special accommodations, please have them contact the UAdvantage office at 520-621-5773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.