ARKANSAS CONCURRENT CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP
In accordance with Act 456 of 2019, the Division of Higher Education has promulgated rules to implement the Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship. The Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship will provide scholarships to junior or senior level high school students enrolling in an eligible course of study at an approved institution of higher education.
POLICY ON TUITION AND FEES FOR NONTRADITIONAL DOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS
Act 844 of 2019 amended Arkansas Code Ann. § 6-60-215 to give a state-supported institution of higher education the discretion to classify students with nontraditional documented immigration status as in-state for purposes of tuition and fees under limited circumstances.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CREDIT POLICY
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board has established a set of guidelines by which institutions must award course credit for advanced placement exams. This policy should be implemented by institutions for entering freshman in the Fall 2018 semester.
PRODUCTIVITY FUNDING MODEL POLICY, TWO-YEAR COLLEGES
Act 148 of 2017 repealed the needs-based and outcome-centered funding formulas as prescribed in Arkansas Code § 6-61-210, Arkansas Code § 6-61-224, Arkansas Code § 6-61-228, Arkansas Code § 6-61-229, Arkansas Code § 6-61-230, and Arkansas Code § 6-61-233, and amended Arkansas Code § 6-61-234. The Act directs the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to adopt polices developed by the Department of Higher Education (ADHE) necessary to implement a productivity-based funding model for state-supported institutions of higher education.
ARKANSAS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
In accordance with Act 549 of 2019, amendments expand eligibility to students who have an ACT superscore of 19. Students who are receiving the scholarship for the fourth year can now enroll in less than 15 hours and receive a prorated award.
ARKANSAS FUTURE (ArFuture) GRANT SCHOLARSHIP
In accordance with Act 618 of 2019, the amendments provide provisions of the Arkansas Futures Grant, including the fields of study that are within the scope of the program, and student mentoring and community service requirements. The list of eligible programs will be expanded to include accounting, finance, nursing, IT, data analysis and graphic design. The community service requirement will be lowered from 15 hours per semester to 10 hours per semester.
ARKANSAS GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARS PROGRAM
In accordance with Act 834 of 2019, recipients of Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholarships can continue to receive proceeds on a prorated basis while enrolled part-time.
STATE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM (STEP)
In accordance with Act 603 of 2019, the amendments to the State Teacher Education Program (STEP) provide that an individual who earns a teaching license upon successful completion of the Non-Traditional Licensure Program or the Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure program are now eligible for STEP.