Funding

Student Support Services is not a financial aid program. The benefits listed below are opportunities that are only available to eligible students who participate fully in SSS, and as funding and resources allow.

UALR’s Student Support Services is predominately funded by the U.S. Department of Education and receives additional funding support from UALR.

Student aid

Some SSS participants may be eligible to receive additional financial support to ease the burden of educational costs. The application must be submitted online and is available at the provided link next to the title of the funding. These opportunities include:

Textbook loan service

READ instructions below first – you may only open the application once and must have all information to submit

  • Funded through UALR’s Office of the Chancellor and the Office of Alumni and Development
  • Only available as funding and supplies permit
  • Applicants must be registered for applicable semester classes
  • SSS will not purchase any books until you return current book loans
  • SSS will determine which books we may be able to loan out
  • SSS will not purchase access codes, books with access codes, or lab or workbooks
  • Active SSS participants may be eligible to borrow up to two books per semester
    • Active status for Spring 2016 textbook loans is at least two academic check-in meetings and three additional hours of SSS participation completed in Fall 2015
    • Applications for SSS students who do not meet “active status,” but who participated in prior semesters, will be processed after all eligible students and after the first week of classes
  • Access the Textbook Loan Agreement here
  • Other conditions may apply

Request Spring 2016 Book Loans

Grant aid

  • Funded through the U.S. Department of Education SSS grant and is awarded in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Higher Education Act
  • Applicants must be receiving Pell Grant funds to qualify
  • Eligible in first two academic years of college enrollment or through 59 attempted credits (including transfer), whichever comes first
  • Must be SSS active participants enrolled in at least 6 undergraduate credit hours (minimum 3 credits in summer) in the term for which the aid is awarded
  • Must be in at least the second semester of SSS active participation
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and prior semester GPA
  • Must be an SSS participant who, in the semester of application, has met with his or her SSS counselor at least once and completed a minimum of “two hours” of SSS activities, including tutoring, workshops, educational/cultural events, or additional academic/personal counseling with SSS (basic requirements of maintaining active participant status)
  • New applicants must complete the Khan Academy/Bank of America Better Money Habits module, “Repaying Student Loans” and complete the quiz sent to your email (approximately 60 minutes of time total). You must achieve at least a 75% on the quiz and if you achieve less than an 85%, you will need to meet with an SSS staff member to review incorrect answers prior to any funds being posted.
  • Must be in good financial aid standing and have unmet financial need that exceeds the minimum award amount
  • Grant Aid will be awarded each Spring
  • Grant Aid is calculated with an algorithm that uses your unmet need, GPA, enrolled credits, and Pell Grant amount
  • Applications cannot be saved: you can only attempt to submit one application
  • Limited funding available: not all who apply will receive funding
  • Other conditions may apply

Chancellor and Provost Scholarship

Deadline for funds to apply early to Spring (based on Fall participation, must be eligible in Spring): Monday, November 23, 2015
Faculty Recommendation Form

Apply here

  • Funded through UALR’s Chancellor and Provost offices
  • Applications cannot be saved: you can only attempt to submit one application.
  • For up to 25 SSS active participants enrolled in at least 6 undergraduate credit hours, who are in at least their second semester of SSS active participation
  • Funding preference to Juniors and Seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Can be awarded once per academic year (Fall, Spring, or Summer) for a total amount of $500. May submit an application during either semester. Will not be awarded past Summer of that academic year.
  • Must be an active SSS participant who, in the semester of application, has already met with his or her SSS counselor at least once and completed a minimum of “three hours” of SSS activities, including tutoring, workshops, educational/cultural events, or additional academic/personal counseling with SSS (basic requirements of maintaining active participant status)
  • Must be in good financial aid standing and have unmet financial need that exceeds the minimum award amount
  • Requires one faculty recommendation from a faculty member in your major/field of interest with whom you have taken a class – form is linked above
    • It is your responsibility to send a faculty member your request and provide her or him with the link to submit the recommendation
  • Prepare in advance and submit in the online application a 250-word essay describing your career goals. If you are uncertain at this time, please discuss some career options you may be considering.  **This essay must be edited and of acceptable quality.** If you find it necessary, come to SSS Tutoring or the Writing Center to receive support in constructing this essay. Prompt: In 200-250 words, describe your career goals, possibly including what led you in such a direction and why you would like to work in your chosen career.
  • Other conditions may apply