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. Tuition is not included in the GMF rate.
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 Graduate and Professional students at UA Main Campus, UA Phoenix Campus, and UA South Campus, and to all Undergraduate students at UA South Campus (unless they opt-in to the Guaranteed Tuition Program). Undergraduate students at UA Main Campus participate in the Guaranteed Tuition Program which provides a constant tuition rate and mandatory fees for eight (8) continuous semesters (summer and winter sessions excluded).

Graduate and Professional students who were enrolled in a UA Main Campus, UA Phoenix Campus or UA South Campus degree or certificate program in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 will not be subject to the mandatory fee increase which occurred in Fall 2017.

No, there is no special sign-up. Qualified students are automatically enrolled with Guaranteed Mandatory Fees.
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.

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 and beyond.

Students enrolled as part-time, degree-seeking 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.
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 pay a pro-rated per-credit rate based on the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate. Students will have four (4) years of consecutive regular semesters (fall/spring) at the GMF 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, degree-seeking students participate in Guaranteed Mandatory Fees in the same manner as all other students.

Students who need to take one or more regulars semesters off should complete an approved Leave of Absence request. Semesters on leave count as part of the four (4) years of Guaranteed Mandatory Fees. Students who fail to complete an approved Leave of Absence will ordinarily need to reapply for their degree program. When students apply for readmission, they will be re-evaluated and assessed the prevailing GMF rate in effect at the time of their return to the UA. They will have four (4) years at this new rate provided they do not complete their degree or discontinue their enrollment.

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 University, and will have up to four (4) years at this rate provided they do not miss additional semesters.

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.

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.
Students will be assigned the Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate in effect for the admit term. Should they defer admission, deferred semesters count as part of the four (4) years.
If a student discontinues one program and is admitted to another, the Guarantied Mandatory Fees rate associated with the original program will be discontinued and the student will pay the GMF rate in effect at the time of admission to the new program. They will have four (4) years at the rate associated with the new program until they complete their degree or discontinue enrollment.
The Guaranteed Mandatory Fees rate active at the time of admission to the earliest program will remain in effect for four (4) years provided the student does not complete their degree or discontinue their enrollment in that program. When the student completes or discontinues the program associated with the oldest GMF rate, the GMF rate for the current academic year will be assigned. That rate will remain in effect for four (4) years provided the student does not complete their degree or discontinue their enrollment in that program.
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. Students pursuing this course of study should work with an academic advisor to explore a Leave of Absence.

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.

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.

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.