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. 

Eligibility Criteria

For Freshman:

  • Be an admitted international student
  • Complete a scholarship application form
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a UALR faculty member
  • Enroll in 15 hours by the 11th class day each term
  • Complete and submit all requirements by June 1st
  • 3.0 cumulative high school  GPA
  • Minimum 24 ACT composite or equivalent SAT/COMPASS

For Undergraduate Transfers:

  • Minimum of 24 transferable hours with a 3.00 cumulative GPA and pursing their first baccalaureate degree
  • Transfer students with less than 24 hours must submit official high school transcript and test scores and meet the Freshman eligibility criteria

Graduate students must:

  • Be accepted for admission seeking their first graduate degree.
  • Be admitted and accepted to an eligible graduate program.
  • Show evidence of academic promise.
  • Maintain a 3.00 UALR cumulative GPA and successfully complete a minimum of 75 percent of attempted hours.
  • Not be a law school student and/or taking law programs.

Renewal Criteria

All students receiving the International Award must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to retain the award. If a student falls below the required GPA they will be required to bring up their GPA up in order to reinstate the award for the following semester.

Learn more about the International Student Award.

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.