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...expanding access and increasing success in postsecondary education for Arizonans 

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Maximize student Financial assistance available to students and families

  • Administer more than 4,100 state/federal grants representing more than $ 4.1M annually for students attending Arizona public and private universities. More than 3,700 grants help low-income students
  • Hold in trust more  than $951M in assets, representing more than 73,000 accounts  in the Arizona Family College Savings (529) Program; oversee three trusted and  experienced financial institutions

  • Administer the Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (AzLEAP), and the Math, Science, and Special Education Teacher Loan Forgiveness (MSSE) student financial aid programs
  • Operate the secure AZ Grants State Student Financial Aid web portal providing access to state student aid grants, scholarships, forgivable loan programs and loan repayments
  • Manage student loan repayments for the PEG, PFAP and MSSE forgivable loan programs

Provide a forum where all sectors of postsecondary education come together

  • Identify common problems and opportunities that cross sectors of postsecondary education through a Commission comprised of senior executives from private and public education
  • Provide collaboration/partnership opportunities, such as the Developing Arizona’s Human Capital conference where educators, policy makers, and business leaders come together to focus on higher education issues
  • Sponsor the AMEPAC research center producing policy studies such as the Minority student Progress Report and To Learn and Earn

Help student and families plan, enter, and succeed in postsecondary education

  • Host websites receiving over 153,000 visits annually that provide current and relevant information on college-going and financial assistance

  • Oversee the Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) with goals of increasing the capacity of organizations, establishing expected standards of performance and promoting effective evaluation

  • Coordinate the annual statewide College Goal Sunday Financial Literacy Initiative which over the past 18 years has assisted more than 44,000 students and parents complete the FAFSA

  • Offer students and parents publications such as Rapid Guide to Financial Aid and the Arizona College and Career Guide

  • Sponsor “Pathways to Postsecondary Education Awards” to encourage best practices in college access

  • Raise $190,000-$250,000 in donations, sales, and grants to fund college-going programs and publications annually