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Financial Aid

Grants

Federal Pell Grants

This is the basic grant available to undergraduate students who have demonstrated an exceptional financial need on the FAFSA and have not earned a bachelor or professional degree. Awards for the 2009/2010 academic year range from $555 up to $5,550.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

SEOG grants are intended, as the name implies, to supplement other aid. These grants are federally funded with each school receiving a fixed amount each year. Funds are awarded to a limited number of undergraduate students with preference being given to Pell recipients demonstrating exceptional financial need. Awards for the 2009/2010 academic year were $600.

Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

This is a new grant program for Pell eligible U.S. citizens who are first and second year undergraduate students who have completed a rigorous secondary school program. The first-year award is $750 and the second year award is $1,300 and requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART)

This grant is for Pell eligible, U.S. citizens who are third or fourth year students pursuing a major in the physical, life or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering or foreign language and are enrolled in at least one major course for the semester, in which the SMART grant is to be received. The maximum award is $4,000 per year and requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Arkansas Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Opportunities Grant)

This grant provides $1000 to full-time and $500 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.

Arkansas Workforce Improvement Grant

This state 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.

Updated 5.5.2010