Regents High Honors Tuition Scholarship
The Arizona Board of Regent’s High Honors Tuition Scholarship (a.k.a. – AIMS Scholarship) is a university academic merit scholarship administered by the Arizona Department of Education on behalf of the Arizona Board of Regents. Qualified students who graduate from high school in 2013 and beyond will receive a 25% in-state university base tuition scholarship.
This scholarship must be claimed by the first spring semester following graduation from high school. Contact individual universities for exact deadlines for claiming award.
The scholarship is fixed2 and renewable for an additional three years based upon university-determined criteria. The actual dollar amount of the scholarship will vary based upon the tuition charged by the state university in which the student enrolls.
Students are identified and certified to the Arizona Department of Education by their high school during their senior year.
1 – Graduation is defined by successful completion of all high school course requirements and testing.
2 – Fixed – the value of the award is set at the cost of tuition the fall semester following the students’ high school graduation and does not increase each year.
In order to qualify for this tuition scholarship, students must have Arizona residency with lawful immigration status (as defined by the University Admission Office), AND meet the academic criteria listed below.
Part 1 (Course Competency)
Students must complete all 16 Core Competency Courses by graduation with a B* or better in each unit of credit awarded or receive an acceptable score (see Table 1) on the Advance Placement (AP) test or a 4 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) test for that subject area.
The 16 Core Competency Courses as defined by the Arizona Board of Regents Tri-University Admission requirements are: 4 units English; 4 units Math; 3 units Lab Science; 2 units Social Science; 2 units Foreign Language; and 1 unit Fine Arts.
* A “C” in a weighted course in any credit bearing unit of a core course does not convert to a “B”. The grade is as reflected on the student’s transcript.
If a student receives a “C” in a core course he/she must complete one of the following options to remain eligible:
- Retake the unit of credit and receive a “B” or better
- Take an additional unit of credit in that subject matter and receive a “B” or better
- Receive an Acceptable Score (See Table 1) on the Advance Placement (AP) Test or a 4 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) test for that subject area
Part 2 (GPA/Class Rank)
Students must meet at least ONE of the following academic requirements:
- Option 1 – GPA: A CORE GPA of 3.50 IN THE 16 CORE COMPETENCY COURSES on an un-weighted 4.00 scale or for those districts which use a 5.00 scale for IB/AP/Honors courses, an equivalent CORE GPA on a weighted scale that meets or exceeds the value in Table 2.
- Option 2 – Class Rank: Student is in the top 5% of high school graduating class upon graduation.
Part 3 (AIMS Exams)
Students must meet the following assessment options:
- Option 1: EXCEED Standards on all 3 of the AIMS Exams (Reading, Writing, and Math) by the end of junior year. The AIMS Science exam does not count as one of the 3 AIMS exams, for purposes of this scholarship.
- Option 2: EXCEED Standards on 2 of the AIMS HS Exams (Reading, Writing, and Math) and MEET Standards on 1 of the AIMS HS Exams by the end of their junior year. Additionally, student would need to receive a minimum score of 3 on any two Advanced Placement tests or a minimum score of 4 on any two International Baccalaureate exams. AP/IB exams may be taken during the senior year.
Part 4 (SAT1 / ACT)
Students must meet at least one of the following admissions test options and submit scores to their high schools
- Option 1: At least a 28 on the ACT test
- Option 2: At least a 1300 on the SAT1 test (critical reading & math only – excluding writing and essay).