Honors Fee

The Honors fee provides 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.


The fee money is used only for activities, programs, classes and staff positions that directly benefit honors students.

Since the implementation of the fee in fall 2010, the Honors College has created an advising team; launched the first-year experience; established new opportunities in research, internships, and study abroad; created new courses, and much more. Today, the Honors Fee supports a broad array of classes, programs, funding, and activities that directly support our 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.
  • 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.


The Honors College will be submitting a proposal to the Arizona Board of Regents to raise the Honors fee from $500/yr to $950/yr beginning in Fall 2021. Based on student input, the Honors College will:

  • Expand Honors course offerings within majors
  • Expand Honors general education and elective courses
  • Create and support more Honors interdisciplinary minors
  • Increase faculty directly engaged and mentoring in Honors
  • Develop Honors Online courses, giving students enhanced flexibility
  • Provide more advising and financial support for research and thesis completion
  • Increase availability of funding for research, internships, and study abroad
  • Provide greater career/professional development support and grants
  • Increase peer support programs

We certainly recognize that the fee poses a financial hardship for some students and we are deeply committed to continued and increased support of those with financial need.


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 14% 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.