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Renewal Requirements

Academic Scholarship Renewal Requirements

Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester (see First-Semester Academic Intervention below for exception). Starting with fall 2017, recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 27 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 cumulative GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year (see Freshman Year Summer Earn Back Program below for exception). Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. For second semester renewal requirements prior to fall 2017, please refer to the catalog or your original award letter.

University Honors stipends are not eligible for Academic Intervention or Summer Earn Back programs. 

First-Semester Freshman Academic Intervention

Freshmen who finish their first semester by completing a minimum of 12 hours with a 2.00-2.99 semester GPA, and abide by all other university policies, will maintain their academic award for their second term. Under this policy, attendance will be required in monthly academic intervention programs; to include, but not necessarily limited to: counseling with their academic advisor, meeting with their B2E mentor, or attendance at tutoring or academic coaching sessions. Ask your advisor for a list of approved interventions. These freshmen must attend a minimum of 10 interventions as prescribed by the end of the spring term. By the end of the freshmen year, to be on-track, a freshman must complete 27 hours with a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Freshman Year Summer Earn Back Program

Freshmen who received their academic award in the spring term, but fail to maintain 27 hours for their freshman year with a 3.00 cumulative GPA, may take summer courses to make up deficiencies. Summer courses may be used to meet either hour or GPA cumulative requirement for sophomore year renewal. Summer term may not be used to meet required monthly intervention program attendance. Summer courses taken to reinstate awards must be through Arkansas Tech University and are at the student’s expense.

Transfer Scholarship Renewal Requirements

A student must enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA to be eligible for scholarship renewal. All transfer scholarships are renewable for five consecutive semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first, provided that the student maintains all scholarship requirements. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Awards must be used on the main campus in Russellville.

Grace Semester

After their freshman year, students are eligible for a one-time Grace Semester.  A Grace Semester is applied automatically through the Financial Aid Office.  Students who qualify for a Grace Semester must be within .25 of the semester requirement while their cumulative GPA met the requirement.  After a student's Grace Semester is used, failure to meet the renewal requirements in any semester will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship for all subsequent semesters.

All Scholarship Recipients

Students who have grade changes, including incompletes (I) replaced, are responsible for contacting the Financial Aid Office after the grade change has been posted to their transcript so their scholarship status can be reevaluated. If less than 15 hours are required during the term of graduation, scholarship recipients must submit to the Financial Aid Office a copy of the degree audit signed by the Registrar. A minimum of 12 undergraduate hours will be required to retain the full scholarship amount. Students who require less than full-time enrollment to graduate may request a prorated award through Financial Aid.

Receipt, continued receipt, or renewal of all academic scholarships is also contingent upon the student honoring the Arkansas Tech University Code of Conduct and adhering to local, state, and Federal law. To receive the award in subsequent terms, the FAFSA and all requested documentation must be on file by August 1 each year. Students who fail to meet renewal requirements are notified via their official student email.

To remain in compliance with Act 323 of 2009, the University reserves the right to cancel or modify any scholarship funded by the institution at any time.