Apply for Aid

Your college education will be one of the most important investments you and your family will make. Financial aid can help you bridge the gap between your own resources and the cost of education. We emphasize bridging the gap because you and your family are primarily responsible for your college expenses.

Steps to financial aid


Be a UALR student
Haven’t enrolled yet? Make sure you you have been admitted as a student at UALR before applying for financial aid and make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for undergraduate and graduate students.


Complete the FAFSA
To receive federal, state and many university-sponsored sources of funding, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be completed in January prior to enrollment at UALR each year you attend. The school code for UALR is 001101.


Complete the YOUniversal application
Applying for financial aid through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education has never been easier. Applicants can now use the YOUniversal Financial Aid System to search and apply for more than 20 scholarship, grant, and loan reimbursement programs without having to submit multiple applications. This includes the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship funded by the scholarship lottery. 


Explore all of the types of financial aid
Funding for an education at UALR is available from federal, state, university, and private resources. Different financial aid sources – local, private and institutional –are awarded on the basis of other criteria, particularly academic achievement.

UALR offers scholarships, grants, and work-study to eligible students. We encourage you to do your research and apply for all of the scholarships and grants that you’re eligible for – stacking aid is the best way to cover all of your college expenses. Of course, the sum of your financial aid awards can’t exceed the cost of attendance for a given year.

Some of the common aid types:

Other places to look for aid include your employer, your church, organizations and affiliations, businesses, and Arkansas Rehab Services.