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Financial Aid Information

Information about various scholarship and grant programs located on the Arkansas Department of Higher Education website.

Here are some services that allow you to search for scholarships and/or financial aid and conveniently apply online.

Arkansas YOUniversal Scholarship Search and Application
- Search and Apply for Financial Aid
- Check Award Status
- Reapply for New School Year
- YOUniversal Now on Smartphone

FASFA | Free Application for Federal Student Aid 
Get help paying for college – submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Fund My Future Scholarship and Grant Search 
Fund My Future is a state-wide outreach program created to assist Arkansas students in achieving their higher education goals. The program, sponsored by the Arkansas Student Loan Authority, serves as a resource of information about college access and financial aid programs. Fund My Future is designed to serve the needs of students, parents & counselors.

Academic Challenge Scholarship
The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college.

GO! Opportunities Grant
The Arkansas Higher Education Opportunities Grant (known as the GO! Opportunities Grant) is awarded based on financial need and is intended to help low income students complete their college degree. The annual award amount is $1000 for full time students and $500 for part time students. No student shall receive more than $4000 in Go! Grant funds in his/her lifetime. For the Go! Grant program, full time is defined as 12 semester credit hours for the first fall semester and 15 semester credit hours thereafter. Part time is defined as less than full time but at least 6 semester credit hours.

Governor’s Scholars Program
Governor’s Scholarships are divided into two categories:


  • Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships - students who meet the following minimum eligibility criteria are eligible to be named Governor’s Distinguished Scholars: either a 32 composite score on a single ACT or 1410 combined math and critical reasoning score on a single SAT AND 3.50 academic grade point average, OR selection as a National Achievement Finalist or National Merit Finalist. If funding allows, up to 300 Governor’s Distinguished Scholars may be named. If there are more than 300 qualified applicants, the applications will be scored based on the criteria for Governor’s Scholarships in the following paragraph.
  • Governor’s Scholarships – students who do not meet the Governor's Distinguished Scholars criteria compete for the Governor’s Scholarship, which will be awarded to the student who scores the highest in each of Arkansas’ 75 counties (based on the student’s county of residence). Selection is based on the following: 45% ACT or SAT score, 35% high school grade point average in academic courses, 10% class rank, and 10% leadership.

Nursing Loan Program
Nursing Educator Loan provides forgivable loans to students pursuing a course of study leading to qualification as a nurse educator. Funding for this program is provided through the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Applications will be processed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. All eligible applicants will be considered for award by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
Nursing Educator Loan recipients may receive a maximum award of $5,000 per semester not to exceed $10,000 per academic year for a full-time (as defined by the institution) student. Recipients may receive a maximum award of $2,500 per semester not to exceed $5,000 per academic year for a part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours in fall or spring semester and 3 credit hours in summer semester) student. The total of the loans made to any one (1) recipient shall not exceed $20,000.

Washington Center Scholarship
The Washington Center Scholarship Program is a program that awards scholarships of up to $6,000 to Arkansas students who are accepted to The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars located in Washington, D.C.

Arkansas Health Education Grant (ARHEG)

Ellen Carpenter HBCU Scholarship

Higher Education Opportunities Grant (Go! Opportunities Grant)

Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependents Scholarship Program

Military Dependents Scholarship Program

Out-Of-State Veterinary Medical Education Loan Repayment Program

Second Effort Scholarship

State Teacher Education Program (STEP)

Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

Teacher Opportunity Program

Workforce Improvement Grant

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