FAQs: Blue Chip Leadership

Blue Chip (bloo chip) n. 1) A stock that sells at a high price because of public confidence in its long record of steady earnings. 2) An extremely valuable asset or property. 3) A nationally-renowned program at the University of Arizona which helps you become effective, ethical, and recognized leaders on campus as "UA Blue Chip." The finest graduates of the University of Arizona.

In order to participate in Blue Chip, student must  pay the $375 fee. The fee is charged to your University account at the Bursar’s Office and can be paid in the same manner as your tuition or other fees.Students who enroll in Blue Chip Leadership the First Year Experience prior to July 10th, 2019 will receive the early bird fee of $350.

If you need assistance with the $375 fee, you can enroll in the payment plan by filling out the Blue Chip Payment Plan Form. Enrolling in the payment plan entails splitting the fee into two segments. Rather than being charged the enitre $375 in the fall semester, you will be charged $187.50 in the fall semester and $187.50 in the spring semester. 

Another option made available to students is a Fee Waiver. Blue Chip provides an opportunity for students who demonstrate the need for financial assistant in paying the Blue Chip yearly fee to apply for a fee waiver. The Fee Waiver Application is available to students who have financial aid and/or family/personal budgeting conflicts with having to pay $375 fee.  Filling out this application does not guarantee a fee waiver to the Arizona Blue Chip Program.

The fee waiver application is only available for current student until June 26th.  After June 26th the application is only available to students applying to be new members in Blue Chip. Once you fill out this application, the Blue Chip Staff will review the application and then contact you if you receive a full or partial fee waiver.  Decisions are not made until late August.

The $375 fee covers the costs for you to participate in one year of the program. Students who enroll in Blue Chip Leadership he First Year Experience prior to July 10th, 2019 will receive the early bird fee of $350. This rate will only last for one year. Any subsequent years a students chooses to participate in Blue Chip will cost $375. Costs are incurred for professional staff, program materials for all events, classes and meetings, and t-shirt. These costs add up to $600 per student per year. Through other supporting partnerships, we are able to offer Blue Chip to you at a subsidized rate of $375.

Students who decide that they no longer want to participate in Blue Chip Leadership must withdraw in writing by emailing the official UA Blue Chip email which is bluechip@email.arizona.edu. A verbal conversation, text, or email to a Team Leader of Leadership Programs Student Ambassador will not be viewed as an official withdraw from Blue Chip. The withdrawal deadline to avoid having to pay the $375 fee is the 2nd Monday of classes during the fall semester by 11:59pm.

A student who withdraws from Blue Chip after this date and time will still have to pay the fee even if they choose not to participate in the programming and events for the year. 

Yes, all first year students in Blue Chip will be required to take a 1-credit leadership course during the spring semester. In the class you will learn about leadership, creating positive change, and how to engage in leadership. During the class, you will engage in service projects and apply to be in Blue Chip: Years 2-4. While the class is required, students will be given the opportunity to select the time that best fits your class schedule.

The Blue Chip Leadership Experience is designed to prepare you professionally by providing you with opportunities that help you enhance the leadeship skills that employers desire. According to the 2016 NACE Job Outlook Survey, the top two skills employers are looking for on a resume are Leadership and Teamwork, both of which Blue Chip teaches. 

Blue Chip Leadership is a nationally renowned foundational engagement program at the University of Arizona, and is different from a student club. Rather than being in a position which requires you to lead without being taught, Blue Chip is designed to help you focus on developing yourself as a leader by teaching you about leadership and helping you enhance your leadership skills. 

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week

  • Fall semester - 1 hour a week Team Meeting, plus three required events throughout the duration of the semester (i.e. Opening Event, Field Day or Day at the Ropes Course, and Blue Sync).
  • Spring semester - 1 credit leadership course (meets one hour per week), plus two required events (i.e. Service Learning and Theater Sports).

All events are scheduled well in advance and you will be given plenty of notice of the dates and times so you can plan accordingly.

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