Cost and Value

Two students talk in the Honors Village Lobby

The Value of Franke Honors

The W.A. Franke Honors College offers motivated students from all academic disciplines the opportunity to discover and pursue their passions with a deep sense of wonder and purpose. In addition to the already rich resources of the University of Arizona, Franke Honors Wildcats receive: 

  • Specialized academic advising 
  • Enhanced access to faculty-mentored research opportunities
  • Eligibility for Honors-only scholarships and grants
  • Small, interdisciplinary classes with a focus on experiential learning
  • Innovative academic programming
  • Industry and community partner connections

The Franke Honors Experience

Honors Fee

The Honors fee is $600/semester.

Fee scholarships are automatically granted to students with the greatest need (as indicated by the FAFSA). If you do not receive a fee scholarship and the fee presents a financial barrier for you, there are many other resources available to cover or offset the cost of an Honors education, including:

Franke Honors Scholarships for Incoming First-Year Students

Franke Honors Scholarships for Current Students

University of Arizona Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

When you commit, so do we

If you look into the above options and none of them work for you, but you are accepted to the Franke Honors College and dedicated to getting the most out of your Franke Honors experience, we want to find a financial solution that will allow you to pursue your goals.

Contact Angie Valdez, Assistant Director of Internal Scholarships, to discuss your individual situation.

How is the fee used?

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Academics | 49% 

Innovative degrees and academic programs, small courses, top faculty, and academic advising are all foundational to the Franke Honors experience.  

Administrative Support | 27.5% 

Administrative support enables the college to maintain day-to-day operations and ensure that all academic, community, and student support efforts can run effectively.  

Student Support | 22% 

In addition to many donor-funded scholarships, Franke Honors students have access to direct financial support through fee-sponsored scholarships and employment opportunities.  

Community Building and Events | 1.5% 

College-wide events and student-centered clubs and programs are essential to fostering an inclusive and thriving Franke Honors community.  

Why doesn't University of Arizona tuition cover the costs of the above services?

All college budgets within the University of Arizona are determined by the AIB (Activity Informed Budget). Essentially, this means that college budgets are based on student enrollment in credit hours and degrees within that college. Because the Franke Honors College is committed to offering low faculty to student ratios and multiple paths for our students to receive Honors credit (Honors contracts, Honors sections of non-Honors courses), and because our students' primary degree programs are housed in other colleges, our slice of the AIB pie is not large enough to cover the needs of running and maintaining the programming that makes the Honors experience so valuable. We have to supplement our budget with the fee.