Financial Aid

The links listed below provide a variety of options on financing your graduate school education. Please visit the official site for the Admissions and Financial Aid Office for more information.

Tuition and Fees
The most current, up to date tuition rates at UALR.
Graduate Assistantships
There are a small number of graduate assistantships for first-year students in the MSW program. These ten-hour graduate assistantships include modest pay and a significant break on tuition. An email will be sent to all eligible students when information about funding for these positions is available, typically sometime in July of each year.
FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Comprehensive information and applications for federal student loan programs and assistance can be found at this website.
General Scholarships
The general scholarship application, instructions, contact information and departmental links can be found here. The deadline for most scholarship applications is March 1st.
Departmental Scholarships
The School of Social Work offers several departmental scholarships specifically for graduate students through the College of Education and Health Professions. Applicants will hear directly from the department regarding scholarship results, usually in May. 
AARP Chapter 34 Scholarship
Awarded to a second-year student in the School of Social Work pursuing a Master of Arts in Gerontology or a Master of Arts in Gerontology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (dual program). Qualifications include a strong desire to work with the aging population, a second-year internship working with the elderly, demonstration of financial need, and a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Dr. Nancy J. Harm Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time Master’s student who has successfully completed the first year of the MSW program and is entering their final year of graduate studies. Preference will be given to single parents and financial need will be strongly considered.
Dr. Robert E. Elliott Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Memorial Scholarship is to provide assistance for any education related expenses, including but not limited to tuition, books, fees, and room and board for students pursuing or furthering a graduate degree in Social Work specializing in Mental Health. Applicants must submit an application accompanied by a personal letter explaining why they should receive the grant. Academic accomplishment and financial need will be strongly considered. The recipient will be required to attend at least one board meeting of the Robert Elliott Foundation and participate in 3 of their major annual events.
Gisela Spieker Social Work Scholarship
Awarded to second-year graduate students who are dedicated to their studies and focused on academic achievement. Financial need will be considered secondary to academic achievement.
Rebecca Fuller Ward Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time MSW graduate student with preference given to U.S. citizens. Academic accomplishment and financial need will be strongly considered.