Financial aid is disbursed twice a year, one week prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Generally, financial aid will credit to the student’s account to pay tuition and fees first. Any remaining funds will be refunded to the student. Refunds are distributed in two ways: (1) a paper check automatically mailed to you after tuition is paid; or (2) direct deposit (ACH). To receive your refund to your bank account, you must sign up for web refund enrollment through UAccess. Refunds typically appear in your back account 1-2 days after the funds have been released.
You may charge your books online or in person at the University of Arizona BookStores using your CAT card (up to $1,000). When your financial aid arrives, these charges will be deducted.