Arizona Teachers Academy


The scholarship covers all tuition and mandatory fees for participating teacher certification programs at the University of Arizona once an applicant has already accepted all other non-loan aid, such as institutional and private scholarships and federal Pell grants. Following their completion of a participating program, ATA graduates will also be eligible for various new teacher supports (e.g., instructional coaching and professional development opportunities exclusive to the ATA) throughout their first year of teaching. The ATA Scholarship does not cover course fees or study abroad charges.

You may apply for the ATA Scholarship prior to being accepted into a participating teacher certification program at UArizona.  However, your scholarship application will not be considered until you are accepted into a program.

Applicants to an undergraduate program who are currently enrolled at the University of Arizona are considered state residents if they pay resident tuition. However, undergraduate transfer students and incoming graduate students may have to verify their residency status with the university by completing a Domicile Affidavit. For more information, please contact the Residency Classification Office at 520-621-3636, by email or by visiting their website.

As of now, the only part-time students eligible for an ATA Scholarship are those in the Alternative Path in Secondary Education Program offered to people living in Sierra Vista and the surrounding communities.

No, there are currently no post-baccalaureate programs at Arizona currently participating in the ATA Scholarship.

The Board of Regents requires that all ATA Scholarship recipients file their FAFSAs every year they receive the scholarship. For those starting their certification program in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, please file your 2019-20 FAFSA. For those starting programs in Fall 2020, please file your 2020-21 FAFSA.

Applicants awarded an ATA Scholarship will not be charged tuition or mandatory fees for the duration of their time in a participating certification program. Undergraduate students have a maximum of eight semesters to complete their teaching certification program (enrollment must be full-time, continuous, and in good standing). Graduate students have a maximum of four semesters.

Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters are all covered by the ATA Scholarship. However, because (a) there are maximums on the number of semesters a student can be funded, and (b) the terms of the service commitment (see below), it is highly encouraged that you email us if you decide to change your graduation date and/or take classes in the summer.

Additional grants or scholarships awarded after receiving an ATA Scholarship will cause your ATA Scholarship to be adjusted accordingly. That is, the ATA scholarship only covers outstanding tuition and fees after all other financial gifts, aid, or grants are awarded; so any additional non-loan aid will only reduce the amount of ATA Scholarship funds you receive. Conversely, if you lose any grants or scholarships while receiving ATA Scholarship funds, your ATA Scholarship will be increased to cover any newly outstanding tuition/fees.

You may teach at any public or charter school in the state of Arizona. Full-time teaching positions only.

You have a one-year grace period from when you complete your teacher certification program. Failure to honor this service commitment within the time allotted may result in having to repay all or a portion of the ATA Scholarship you received. Full requirements, conditions, and deferment options are explained in the Scholarship Agreement, which you will sign prior to receiving the scholarship award.

You must commit to one year of service for every year (or a portion of a year) you receive ATA Scholarship funds. For example, if you receive an ATA Scholarship for one semester, your service commitment is one year. If you receive it for three semesters, your commitment is two years; but if you receive it for four semesters, your commitment is also two years, and so on.

For additional questions about the ATA Scholarship itself, please contact us by email.