Guaranteed Mandatory Fees FAQs

Guaranteed Mandatory Fees (GMF) exist as the University of Arizona’s commitment to provide students with constant mandatory fees, as set by the Arizona Board of Regents, for four (4) years (Summer and Winter semesters excluded). Students will remain at the GMF rate for four (4) years or upon degree completion, whichever occurs first.
The purpose of Guaranteed Mandatory Fees is to help make the cost of a college education more predictable for students and their families. The benefit is that it protects students and their families from sudden spikes in mandatory fees and enables them to estimate and budget for college expenses more accurately.
Guaranteed Mandatory Fees apply to all Undergraduate students- resident or non-resident, freshman or transfer, Graduate and Professional students. Graduate and Professional students who were enrolled in a degree program at the UA in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 and Undergraduate students who are enrolled in the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 Guaranteed Tuition Programs, will not be subject to the increase for Fall 2017. Incoming students in Fall 2017 will receive the Fall 2017 GMF rate.
No, there is no special sign-up. Qualified students are automatically enrolled with Guaranteed Mandatory Fees
Yes, as long as the student was enrolled in a degree program in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017, they will not be subject to the increase for Fall 2017.
The student will pay the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate in effect for that academic year for four (4) years or until degree completion, whichever occurs first.

Graduate and Professional students needing more than four (4) years to complete their degree would pay the Non-Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate beginning in their fifth (5th) year.

Undergraduate students participate in the Guaranteed Tuition program. Therefore, Undergraduate students needing a 9th or 10th semester to complete their degree would pay the same mandatory fees as the students who first enrolled the following year. Students needing an 11th semester would pay the prevailing rate in effect for that year. For example, students enrolled in Fall 2014 at the 2014/15 rate, but who did not complete their degree by Spring 2018 and had not missed two regular semesters (Fall/Spring), would pay the 2015/16 Guaranteed Tuition Program rate for Fall 2018 (9th semester) and Spring 2019 (10th semester). Students needing an 11th semester, attending in Fall 2019, would pay the Non-Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate for that 11th semester and beyond.

Students who enroll as part-time, degree-seeking Undergraduates pay a pro-rated per-credit rate based on the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate. Students receive four (4) years of consecutive regular semesters (Fall/Spring) at the GMF rate, whether they are part-time or full-time.
Undergraduate and Graduate students not seeking a degree will pay the Non-Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate established for that current year and for any new mandatory fee increases for future years.
Students enrolled as part-time, degree-seeking will pay a pro-rated per credit rate based on the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate. Students will have four (4) years at the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate whether they are part-time or full-time.
No. Guaranteed Mandatory Fees only apply to regular semesters (Fall/Spring). If students choose to take classes in Summer or Winter semesters, they will pay the per-credit rate approved for that semester by the University of Arizona and Arizona Board of Regents.
Students who first enroll at University of Arizona in the Summer or Winter semesters will pay the session rate in effect. When the student enrolls for Fall or Spring, the appropriate Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate in effect for that semester will begin and continue for four (4) years.
No. High school concurrent students do not qualify for the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate. High school concurrent students pay the Non-Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate established for that current year, and they are responsible for any new fee increases in future years.
International students will have their Guaranteed Mandatory Fees managed in the same manner as all other UA Undergraduate/Graduate students. International, degree-seeking students participate in GMF in the same manner as all other UA Undergraduate/Graduate students.

Graduate and Professional students have four (4) years of Guaranteed Mandatory Fees or until they complete their degree whichever, comes first, regardless of missed semesters. Graduate and Professional students needing more than four (4) years to complete their degree would pay the Non-Guaranteed Mandatory Fees Rate beginning in their fifth year.

Undergraduate students who do not enroll at the University of Arizona for one (Fall/Spring) semester can retain their original Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate; however, the non-enrollment semester does count as one semester at that GMF rate. The GMF rate will not be extended a semester as a result of non-enrollment.

Graduate and Professional students have four (4) years of Guaranteed Mandatory Fees or until they complete their degree whichever, comes first, regardless of missed semesters. Graduate and Professional students needing more than four (4) years to complete their degree would pay the Non-Guaranteed Mandatory Fees Rate beginning in their fifth year.

Undergraduate students who do not enroll at the University of Arizona for more than one regular semester (Fall/Spring) without an approved leave forfeit their original Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate. Undergraduate students who are not eligible for Back2UA and must apply for re-admission forfeit their original GMF rate. Undergraduate students forfeit their original GMF rate whether the missed semesters are consecutive or non-consecutive. Undergraduate students will be re-evaluated and placed into the prevailing GMF rate in effect at the time of their return to the UA and will have up to four (4) years at this rate, or until degree completion.

If students need to apply for readmission to the University of Arizona, they will be re-evaluated and assessed the prevailing Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate in effect at the time of their return to the UA Main campus, and will have up to four (4) years at this rate provided they do not miss additional semesters.

Graduate students who are academically disqualified, and re-enter a new degree program will start with the new Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate in effect and will have up to four (4) years to complete their degree at their new GMF rate.

Undergraduate students who are academically disqualified and do not enroll at the University of Arizona for one or more regular semesters (Fall/Spring) will be responsible for the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate in effect when the student returns to the UA main campus. Students will then have up to four (4) years at that new GMF rate.

Students who officially withdraw from all of their UA regular semester (Fall/Spring) courses can retain their original Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate if they re-enroll the next regular semester (Fall/Spring); however, the semester does count as one towards their four (4) years at that GMF rate.
Yes. Regardless of the number of credits a student transfers, they will have up to four (4) years at the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate to complete their degree.

Students participating in UA Study Abroad with enrollment through the University of Arizona will retain their original Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate. However, the semesters in which they are enrolled in these programs count toward their four (4) year total.

Students who complete two or more consecutive regular semesters (Fall/Spring) of exchange or study abroad by enrolling through an institution other than the University of Arizona forfeit their original Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate and will be placed into the prevailing GMF rate in effect at the time of their return to the UA. Undergraduate Students pursuing this course of study should work with an academic advisor to explore an Undergraduate Leave of Absence.

Graduate and Professional students have up to four (4) years of regular semesters (Fall/Spring) at the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate to complete their degree. If they are within their four (4) year window, they will maintain their GMF rate.

Undergraduate students participate in the Guaranteed Tuition program. Therefore, Undergraduate students needing a 9th or 10th semester to complete their degree would pay the same mandatory fees as the students who first enrolled the following year. Students needing an 11th semester would pay the prevailing GMF rate in effect for that year.

Guaranteed Mandatory Fees do not change the terms and conditions of a student’s scholarship or assistantship. For details about a specific scholarship, check the terms and conditions for the award or contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The Registrar's Office can answer questions about eligibility for Guaranteed Mandatory Fees. Contact the Registrar's Office at reghelp@email.arizona.edu.

The Bursar's Office can assist with questions regarding Guaranteed Mandatory Fees or payments. Contact the Bursar's Office at bursar-web@fso.arizona.edu.