Third Arizona Assurance Cohort Graduates

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Arizona Assurance, the University of Arizona's promise to financially support Arizona families experiencing barriers to higher education, is graduating its third cohort of students on Saturday.

The donor-supported institutional financial aid and student retention program helps ensure that low-income Arizona students can get a UA education debt-free.

The program's third graduating class began in 2010, earning their degrees within four years, representing a promise the UA made to the state in 2008 that it would support low-income Arizona families so students could have an opportunity to graduate without student loans.

"That is absolutely amazing. The whole idea and design of Arizona Assurance was to make sure that these students graduate in four years," said Christine Salvesen, director of UA Academic Success & Achievement and Arizona Assurance.

"It is pretty touching to see how dedicated these students are to their own success," Salvesen said. "With the University meeting them halfway, with financial supports and networks, these students are able to succeed over and over."

Departments and colleges have begun to offer additional support to scholars, Salvesen said. Also, Arizona Assurance staff members partner with other UA offices and programs, including the federally funded TRiO Program, New Start, Career Services, Think Tank and others.

Also this month, in honor of the donors who have supported Arizona Assurance, the program's staff, in partnership with the UA Foundation, unveiled the new Arizona Assurance Tribute Wall, located near the ballrooms of the Student Union Memorial Center. The wall honors each donor who contributed at least $100,000 the program, which is accepting gift support.

"The program has taken full bloom," Salvesen said.

Read more from this May 14 UANews article at the link below. The article profiles two CALS undergraduates majoring in family studies and human development.

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