Directory of Grants and Scholarships in Arkansas

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Do you live in Arkansas? Are you planning on attending college this coming year?

If your answer is yes, you might want to stop and think for a moment about the cost associated with a college education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average tuition for a public four year college in Arkansas is $11, 841 and $22,147 for a private four year college.

On average, about 57% of students who graduate from an Arkansas college leave with $21,408 worth of debt, according to the Project on Student Debt. And that’s when the students actually graduate.

A 2010 report by the Chronicle of Higher Education tells us that only 19.7% of those seeking their bachelor’s degree completed their education within four years and only 38.7% earned their bachelor’s degree in six years.

If you want to enroll in a college in Arkansas, obtaining grants and scholarships is the best way to ensure you have the funding you need to complete your degree.

And, because scholarships and grants don’t have to be repaid, you won’t leave college with a pile of debt weighing you down. You will be free to live your life and pursue the career of your dreams.

Grant & Scholarship Opportunities

Arkansas offers many different scholarships and grants for students to take advantage of if they are unable to afford their college education.

Here are just a few:

  • Go! Opportunities Grant – The Go! Opportunities grant, also called the Arkansas Higher Education Opportunities grant, provides students with assistance in paying for their degree. Full time students can earn up to $1,000 a year and part time students can earn up to $500 a year. Students must fill out a FAFSA and must have lived in Arkansas for at least a year before applying.
  • Arkansas Challenge Scholarship – The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to all resident students in Arkansas and is funded mainly by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Once awarded, students must complete 27 semester hours during their first year in school and 30 semester hours on each of the following years.
  • Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship – Single parents in Arkansas interested in attending college can take advantage of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship. Single parents must have custody of one or more children under the age of 18 and show they are financially disadvantaged in order to qualify.
  • Arkansas High-Tech Scholarship – Arkansas residents enrolling in a technical program may be able to earn up to $500 each school year for their college tuition. Students must have a high school GPA of at least 2.5 and must score a 19 on their ACT.
  • Cornerstone Scholarship Charitable Trust – The Cornerstone Scholarship Charitable Trust provides disadvantage African American students with financial assistance for college. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens and be from Arkansas or have parents or grandparents who were plaintiffs the Mauldin against the Arkansas State Hospital lawsuit.
  • Arkansas Nurse Foundation Research Grant – Need a grant for nursing research? The Arkansas Nurse Foundation Research Grants provides funds for IRB approved research project to Arkansas nurses who currently hold a license that is in good standing with the state’s Nursing Board. Nurses must have graduated from a nursing program accredited by the CCNE or NLNAC.

If you live in Arkansas and are interested in earning your college degree, make sure you know how to get the funding you need.

With proper planning, you’ll not only start your education, but finish it on time.


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