How to get financial aid as a first-generation student

August 26, 2021 · 2 min read · By ASU Online
Learn about ASU’s financial aid options and how first-generation students can thrive while earning a degree online. 

We know the financial aid process can be a lot to take in as a first-generation student, but we’re here to empower you on your journey to earn a degree. Learn about Arizona State University’s financial aid options and how first-generation students can thrive while earning a degree online.


How much financial aid do I get if I'm a first-generation college student?

Just like at other universities, financial aid options at ASU Online vary from person to person. There are a wide range of loans, grants and scholarships available to ASU students, both online and in-person, including those specific to first-generation students.


Is ASU Online a good school for first-generation students? 

ASU is committed to providing all students with access to high-quality higher education. First-generation students make up 23% of ASU’s student body and, with that in mind, ASU offers a wide range of financial services, including grants, loans, scholarships and more.

In addition to financial services, ASU also offers support services ranging from counselors, career advisors and tutors to time management coaches and technical resources.


How to get financial aid as a first-time college student

Follow the steps below to find out what kind of financial aid you're eligible for.


  • File your FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an application you can complete to determine your eligibility for financial aid. Through FAFSA, you can qualify for student loans, scholarships and grants. The FAFSA form applies to a single academic year, meaning you’ll have to reapply annually.

To complete your FAFSA application online, you’ll need:

  • A FAFSA ID, which you’ll create at
  • Social security number.
  • Driver’s license.
  • Bank statements.
  • Parent information.
  • W-2 forms and tax returns from two years ago. 
  • ASU’s Federal School Code: 001081.


  • Take advantage of loans and grants

ASU Online offers a variety of loans and grants, including the Parent Plus Loan. An option for parents of undergraduate students, this loan helps pay for the education costs of a dependent student who meets the eligible student definition. Learn more about loans and grants.


  • Search for scholarships specific to you

Loans and grants aren’t the only ways to finance your education and reduce your net cost. ASU Online also offers scholarships, including some for first-generation students. Use ASU's scholarship search tool to see if you're eligible for a first-generation college student scholarship.


  • Get financial aid advice

Our first priority is empowering you to succeed. If you need support completing your FAFSA or have questions about financial aid, contact a financial aid representative at 855-278-5080. More contact options, such as chat and submitting a case form, are available at ASU's financial aid page.


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  • Elite expertise and research.
  • Innovative curriculum design.
  • Superior student support services.

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