Financial Aid Division

Financial Aid Programs | Rules and Applications

IMPORTANT NOTE: This information is current as of the date this site was updated and is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a complete description of the programs and their requirements. For complete information about a particular program, review the program's rules and regulations which are available in pdf format for review, download, or printing. The eligibility requirements and rules governing the programs administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education are subject to legislative and regulatory amendments subsequent to the date this site was updated. Please e-mail the Financial Aid Division at finaid@adhe.edu if you should need further information.

Please Note: Due to current economic conditions, awards for all ADHE programs may be limited by the availability of funds. Applicants are encouraged to apply but are also encouraged to pursue all sources of financial aid. See our links to other financial aid resources.

Disclaimer: The laws, rules, regulations, award amounts, amount of awardees, eligibility criteria, funding per program, etc. are subject to change at any point prior to, during or after application through the YOUniversal application. These changes will be based on changes in law or funding provided by the Arkansas General Assembly. It is understood that ADHE is not at fault for any changes that occur to any financial aid program.

Scholarship Policies
Certain restrictions apply when receiving multiple scholarship awards. Read the Stacking policy for details.
ADHE Stacking Policy PDF
Program Deadlines
Governor's Scholarship (includes Governor's Distinguished Scholars) - February 1
All other ADHE programs - June 1
Frequently Asked Questions
Check here for answers to questions about our financial aid programs
Frequently Asked Questions PDF
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. The application deadline is June 1.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations - Academic Challenge Part I - Initial awards before fall 2010 PDF
Rules and Regulations - Academic Challenge Part II - Initial awards fall 2010 and later PDF
Arkansas Smart Core (2010-13 high school graduates) PDF
Arkansas Smart Core (2014 and later high school graduates) PDF
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) WEB
Application WEB
Arkansas Health Education Grant (ARHEG)
Provides financial assistance to students seeking professional training in chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, and veterinary medicine to allow them to attend out-of-state institutions.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Graduate Reporting Form PDF
Deferment Request Form PDF
Loan Forgiveness Voucher PDF
Application

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Governor’s Scholars Program
Up to $4000 annually for graduating high school seniors based on academic achievement, test score and leadership. The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship for those scoring 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average, or are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholar pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Opportunities 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 complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the GO! Opportunities Grant application.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) WEB
Application WEB
Law Enforcement Officers' Dependents Scholarship Program
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.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
Military Dependents Scholarship Program
Waiver of tuition, fees, room and board 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.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
Out-Of-State Veterinary Medical Education Loan Repayment  Program
The Out-of-State Veterinary Medical Education Loan Repayment program will assist with repayment of federal student loans for up to five (5) years for eligible veterinarians that attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and practice food supply veterinary medicine within the State of Arkansas. 
Rules and Regulations  PDF
Second Effort Scholarship
Up to $1000 annually to the individuals with the top 10 scores on the GED exam during the previous calendar year.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
State Teacher Education Program (STEP)
Offers loan repayment grants to current educators teaching in a subject or geographic shortage area in an Arkansas public school.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Subject Shortage Areas PDF
Geographic Shortage Areas PDF
Application WEB
Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors.
Overivew WEB
SURF Rules & Regulations PDF
Application Checklist PDF
Application PDF
Budget XLS
Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)
Offers reimbursement grants to current Arkansas teachers and administrators seeking to further their education. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for an academic year, not to exceed $3000.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Subject Shortage List PDF
Reimbursement Documentation Requirements PDF
Application WEB
Washington Center Scholarship
A program that awards scholarships of up to $6000 to Arkansas students who are accepted to The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars located in Washington, D.C.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
Workforce Improvement Grant
Awards up to $2000 annually to students at least 24 years old based on financial need. Students apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and awards are made by the institution the student attends. Students may be enrolled part time.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) WEB
Application WEB