Scholarships and Fellowships

In order to provide opportunities to highly qualified prospective and current international students, the university offers competitive scholarships and fellowship opportunities.

International Student Award

The International Student Award is a scholarship for first-time UALR students coming in the fall semester. The scholarship pays for the out-of-state portion of a student’s tuition, allowing the student to pay only in-state tuition and fees. For the purpose of the Financial Support required for the I-20, the value of the scholarship is approximately $8300 per year for undergraduate students, and $6600 per year for graduate students. 

Learn more about the International Student Award.

Departmental Scholarship

Other departmental or private scholarship may be available. Unfortunately funding from federal or public sources is not applicable to non-resident international students. Check with you department or the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to learn what funding options may be available.

Donaghey Scholars Program

The Donaghey Scholars Program is an undergraduate honors program at UALR, with a rigorous core curriculum and interdisciplinary expectations. Full funding is provided along with opportunities to study abroad.

Learn more at about the Donaghey Scholars Program.

Graduate Assistantships

Fully admitted graduate students may seek assistantship positions through their academic department or university office at UALR. Positions may include research opportunities, teaching positions or administrative duties. The value of a Graduate Assistantship is determined by the hiring department but usually includes an out-of-state tuition waiver, 9 credit hours of tuition payment per semester and a monthly stipend. Positions may be offered on a full-time basis (20 hours per week and full tuition) or half-time basis (10 hours per week and half tuition).

Students interested in graduate assistantship positions should contact their graduate program coordinator. Once a position is granted, students may use the job offer letter as part of their proof of funding required for the Form I-20. Graduate assistants will still be responsible for paying their fees, health insurance and living expenses.

Learn more through the Graduate School.