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State & Federal Grants

Federal Grants

These types of grants are awarded based on your eligibility, as determined by FAFSA.

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are given to students with financial need. These awards vary in amounts from $649 to $5,815 for a full-time student.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are intended to assist students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to early applicants who have been determined to have a zero expected family contribution. The award amount depends on when the student applies, the students level of need, and the funding level at Arkansas Tech University.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Programs

The programs listed below are awarded and administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Further information may be obtained by writing to: Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 114 East Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201, or by calling (479) 371-2000, or 1-800-547-8839 or at The application for all programs is available on-line.

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship Program
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. The application deadline is June 1. There are no income restrictions but students still must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The scholarship award amount will be determined annually in early Spring.

Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (G-TIP)
The Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (G-TIP) provides up to $5,000 per year to Arkansas residents who are active members of the Arkansas Army/Air National Guard. Applications may be obtained from the unit commander or online at

Governor’s Distinguished Scholars
The Governor’s Distinguished Scholars Program provides a tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board not to exceed $10,000 per year to students who achieve 32 or above on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, have a 3.50 academic grade point average or are a National Merit Finalist attending an approved Arkansas public or private college or university. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the student meets the continuing eligibility standards. Application deadline is February 1 of high school graduation year.

Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Opportunities Grant)
The GO! Grant provides $1000 grants to full-time and $500 grants to part-time students based on financial need. Students must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to applying for the grant. Students also must meet the financial need criteria established for the GO! Grant and attend an approved Arkansas Institution. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Application deadline is June 1.

Law Enforcement Officer’s Dependents Scholarship
The Law Enforcement Officers' Dependents Scholarship (LEO) provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and room at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, some Highway and Transportation Department employees, and other public employees, who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Application deadline is June 1.

Military Dependent’s Scholarship
The Military Dependent’s Scholarship Program provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board to full-time students at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansans who were killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled. All applicants must also apply for and show acceptance or denial of the Federal dependent's Educational Assistance Program. Application deadline is June 1.

Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)
The TOP program offers reimbursement grants to cover tuition and fees, not to exceed $3,000, for up to six completed college credit hours per academic year to current Arkansas teachers and administrators seeking to further their education.

The State Teacher Education Program (STEP)
The State Teacher Education Program (STEP) provides Federal student loan repayment grants of up to $4,000 per year to Arkansas residents who earned a teaching degree after 4/1/2004 and are teaching in a public school in a geographical and/or subject shortage area. Application deadline is June 1.

The Workforce Improvement Grant
A need based grant for non-traditional students who are at least 24 years old. The program’s goal is to help those students returning to school who have financial need but might not be eligible for assistance from traditional state and federal programs. The annual award is a maximum of $2,000 for a student enrolled full time (12 semester hours), but may be less in order to prevent an overaward as defined by Federal regulations. Students enrolled part time will have their grants prorated based on the number of hours enrolled. Because the grants are not renewable, students must apply each year by completing a FAFSA by July 1 of each year.

Other Sources of Assistance

Arkansas National Guard
Act 82 of 2005 provides a tuition and waiver assistance program for soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard. Members of the Arkansas National Guard should contact the Student Accounts Office for information.

Dr. James I. Balch Student Loan Fund
An interest-free loan to be repaid in installments of twenty percent, forty percent, and forty percent at nine, eighteen, and thirty-six month intervals. A student must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, must demonstrate financial need, and must file a separate loan application. Information regarding the application process is available through the Payroll and Special Services Office.

Military Activation
Students who cease attendance at Arkansas Tech University without completing and receiving a grade in one or more courses due to military activation or deployment may receive compensation for the resulting monetary loss as provided by Act 85 of 2005. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for information.

Native American Out-of-State Waiver
Arkansas Tech University offers in-state tuition rates to Native American students in other states belonging to tribes which formerly lived in Arkansas, before relocation, and whose names are on the rolls of tribal headquarters. Tribes thus identified include the Caddo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muskogee), Delaware, Kickapoo, Osage, Quapaw, Shawnee, and Tunica. Students who qualify for in-state tuition for fee purposes may apply for freshman academic scholarship. For more information contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 582-6953.

Over 60 Tuition Waiver
Arkansas residents who are sixty or older on the first day of class may have tuition and fees waived upon completion of certification of eligibility. Students must notify the Financial Aid Office each semester of the number of enrolled hours which need to be waived. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.

Mr. Tommy Memorial Student Loan Fund
Arkansas Tech has a special loan fund known as the “Mr. Tommy Memorial Student Loan Fund.” This fund was established by Arkansas Tech alumni as a memorial to the late E.S. Tomlinson, for many years head of the biology department. Supplementing lesser contributions by hundreds of former students is the Margaret McFadden Lykes, Jr., contribution. Loans from this fund are limited in amount and intended primarily for emergency aid to students. One semester of successful residence is required of all students applying for these loans. Information relative to this fund may be obtained from the Student Services Office.

Veterans Benefits
Arkansas Tech University is approved by the State Approving Agency (SAA) as a school whereby eligible veterans and veterans’ beneficiaries may use educational benefits while working toward a degree. Eligible students should contact the Office of Veteran Services to obtain information regarding school attendance under the following programs: Title 38, Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill; Title 38, Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty; Title 38, Chapter 32, Veterans Educational Assistance Program; Title 38, Chapter 35, Survivors and Dependents Education; Title 10, Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill for Selective Reserves; and Title 10, Chapter 1607, Reserve Educational Assistance Program.

All students must be working toward a degree and should follow the curriculum outline for their objectives, since only specific courses may be applied toward VA certification and graduation. Enrollment certification will not be sent to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs until the person applying for veteran’s benefits has been admitted to the University and prior credit evaluated. Students must request certification for each term to be certified and are responsible for notifying the certifying official of any changes in enrollment status or eligibility.  Veterans may be given placement credit for prior military training by providing an official military transcript or DD-214.

All active duty military service persons and veterans eligible under the GI Bill as determined by the VA who are classified as "out-of-state" for tuition purposes shall receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition charges. Arkansas Tech University complies with Section 702 of the Veterans Choice Act. For additional information, please contact the Office of Veteran Services. See also "In-State Tuition for Military Personnel, Veterans and Dependents" in the Fees and Expenses section of this catalog.

Students may stop by the Office of Veteran Services or call (479) 968-0445 if they have questions or need assistance in applying for their benefits.

Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance
Persons who have substantial handicap to employment as a result of a permanent disability may receive, at no cost to themselves, vocational counseling and some financial assistance toward the cost of their college training when the vocational objective of the disabled person is approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. These services are available through the Division of Rehabilitation Services, 1401 Brookwood Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203. Application for assistance or request for information about the program may be made to that address or to a local rehabilitation counselor.

Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act is a federal program which provides financial assistance to individuals in need. The program’s primary targets are individuals with barriers to employment and dislocated workers. Candidates who meet eligibility requirements will receive tuition and book scholarships for two years to complete an associate degree at Arkansas Tech University. WIA is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Requests for information about eligibility may be made through the WIA office,104 S. Rochester, Russellville, AR 72801; telephone 968-4919; TDD/ARS: 1-800-285-1131.