Honors Fee

With a small annual fee of $500 ($250 per semester), we’re able to provide meaningful privileges and a unique Honors experience that extends well beyond the classroom.

Whether it's through honors-only courses and programs, study abroad scholarships or even career and professional development workshops, your honors fee is hard at work.


Since the implementation of the fee in fall 2010, the Honors College has created 10 Honors courses, 37 Honors colloquia, 6 programs and 9 staff positions. The fee money is used only for activities, programs, classes and staff positions that directly benefit honors students. Without this fee, the Honors College could not sustain the value of an honors education and degree.


  • Classes: Honors professor salary/stipends, field trips, excursions.
  • Program staff: Coordinators for the First Year Experience, career and professional development, Nationally Competitive Scholarships, and Honors Civic Engagement Teams.
  • Programs & Activities: First Year Experience, Common Reading Program, Peer Mentor Program, Honors Forum Luncheons, professional development workshops, cultural events, and Honors pre-commencement.
  • Advising: Honors advisors and Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarship staff.
  • Operations Personnel: front desk, IT and accounting staff.
  • Student funding: study abroad scholarships, internships and research grants.


If you need help with the cost of the honors fee, we offer a yearly scholarship fund. If you are a U.S. citizen, you must complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov to be eligible. Contact us at honors@email.arizona.edu for more information.


Do I need to pay the fee if I am not taking an honors class?
Yes, the fee applies to all honors students, and the benefits of being an honors student extend well beyond taking honors classes.

My tuition is paid by financial aid and grants. Will I have to pay this fee?
The Honors College sets aside 17% of the funds generated by the fee for student financial aid. Students with high need who receive financial aid should see an increase in the amount that they receive.

Do honors colleges at other universities charge fees?
Yes, several universities charge honors application, activity or advising fees. Other in-state honors fees are the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University fee of $2,000/year and Northern Arizona University Honors College fee of $700/year.