ASU Innovation Zone

ASU Innovation Zone Scholarship

Earn an Innovation Zone Scholarship from the nation’s most innovative university

As an employee of a company residing in one of Arizona State University's Innovation Zones, you have access to an exclusive scholarship. The ASU Innovation Zone Scholarship covers 10% of base tuition for an ASU degree program. Use it to pursue an in-person or online degree and gain new skills to advance your career.

Frequently asked questions 


To participate, you must 1) be a full-time or part-time employee at an approved business or organization that resides in one of ASU’s Innovation Zones, 2) remain in an approved ASU degree program, and 3) maintain satisfactory academic progress.

This program is intended for non-university Innovation Zone employees. State university system employees interested in ASU degree programs should explore the Qualified Tuition Reduction Program.

Browse ASU’s degree programs. When you have chosen a degree program to pursue, submit an application for admission. Reach out to your ASU admission representative if you need assistance with the application or enrollment process. 

The scholarship offers financial aid equal to 10% of the base tuition rate for your degree program.

Yes, the ASU Innovation Zone Scholarship can be used with other financial aid.

To remain eligible for the scholarship, graduate and undergraduate students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, but certain degree programs may have higher requirements. Students should check with their program of study or discuss with their academic advisor to determine the academic requirements of their given program of study.

Graduate students must meet ASU’s Graduate College minimum 3.00 GPA requirement. See more details on ASU’s Graduate College minimum GPA requirement.

Contact the Admission Services team by finding your ASU admission representative to find out how transferring credits you have previously earned will transfer to your degree program of interest.

Both. Program degree options include on-campus and online instruction.

The program is open only to Innovation Zone tenant employees and not their dependents.

You must be an Innovation Zone employee to participate in the program. If your employment with an Innovation Zone tenant terminates while you are in the process of completing your degree, you will no longer be eligible for the ASU Innovation Zone Scholarship. However, you may complete the semester in which your employment terminated using the scholarship. You will not be required to reimburse the tuition scholarship you received in previous semesters. You may also still continue your program of study at ASU without the ASU Innovation Zone Scholarship.

You will be able to view your ASU Innovation Zone Scholarship in My ASU under the Finances tab.

Students should connect with their employer at least 3060 days before the start of the semester to become eligible for the scholarship. Please see the ASU academic calendar for important dates and deadlines.

It is the responsibility of the student to connect with their human resources department to become eligible. If, however, it is determined the student is no longer an active Innovation Zone tenant employee, the student will be responsible for all billed tuition and fees. Students are encouraged to review their ASU student account periodically, visible in My ASU under the Finances tab, to review all student account transactions and balance information.

Questions about applying and enrolling at ASU can be directed to Admission Services by contacting your admission representative. Questions about eligibility for the scholarship should be directed to your employer.

The online student experience

Yes. The same faculty and instructors that teach on the ASU campuses teach ASU Online courses. This means that the rigor and quality of the content, as well as the course load, is the same as the on-campus classes.

ASU Online offers six start times every year. There are two starts during the spring semester, two during fall and two over the summer. Check the academic calendar for specific dates.

ASU Online degree programs are 100% online. If you wish to take courses on campus, then you will need to enroll as a campus-based student.

Yes. ASU Online students are encouraged to participate in university graduation ceremonies. More information can be found on the University Ceremonies website.

ASU instructors and faculty use a variety of methods to share materials, facilitate students interactions and monitor students' progress throughout the course.

One of the benefits of completing your degree online is flexibility. A few courses may require specific log-on times for certain activities or assignments, but most courses have assignments and due dates. Some assignments and tests may be available only for a limited time (such as a 48-hour period), so they must be completed at some point within the designated time.

The majority of ASU Online degree programs are offered entirely online with no campus visits required; however, there are a couple of programs that require occasional campus attendance. Your success coach or academic advisor will let you know if this is a requirement for your program.

ASU Online courses are taught using the learning management system Canvas and include a variety of multimedia tools and resources. To ensure you can successfully access the multimedia tools in your courses, ASU Online recommends you use a standard PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, headset and microphone. Mobile devices such as a cell phone, Google Chromebook or tablet computer (Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface) will not provide the access and functionality necessary for ASU Online courses and are not recommended.