Need Based Aid

The GO! Opportunities Grant Program is available to students who graduate from an Arkansas high school or complete the GED in Arkansas after Dec. 31, 2006 and are first-time college students. Please note that GED recipients must be between the ages of 16 and 18. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet other eligibility rules and regulations to receive the GO!

The Wal-Mart Scholars Endowed Fund was established in 2003 through the generosity of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to provide financial assistance to students who are Arkansas residents with demonstrated financial need. Annual awards of $2,500 are made to approximately 40 new recipients each year. The award is renewable for up to three additional years of undergraduate study as long as the student is making satisfactory academic progress and has at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  New freshmen financially needy recipients are nominated by admission, scholarship, and financial aid counselors when the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received by the April 1 deadline.  No other application form is necessary. In addition to completing the FAFSA, students who are currently Wal-Mart associates or dependents of Wal-Mart associates are encouraged to contact the Academic Scholarship Office with documentation of Wal-Mart Affiliation by the April 1 deadline.  Recipients will be notified on or about April 20.

 On rare occasion, the Wal-Mart Endowed Scholarship may be awarded to currently enrolled students with extenuating circumstances.

The Workforce Improvement Grant Program was established by the state of Arkansas in 2003 to help meet the financial needs of working independent students. Annual awards are in the amount of $1800 less the amount of the student's Pell grant award. Approximately 35 recipients are chosen annually. Recipients need to be undergraduate Arkansas residents who are U. S. citizens or permanent residents at least 24 years of age. Recipients are chosen from those with the greatest unmet financial need, excluding student loans. Recipients will be chosen when the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received by July 15 preceding the Fall Semester. No other application form is necessary.