Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Fees and Charges

Tuition and Fees

Resident -- per credit hour1 $261
Non-resident -- per credit hour1,2 522
Technology fee (required each semester or term) 130
Technology equipment fee (required each semester or term) 10
Assessment fee (required each semester or term) 12
Transcript fee (required each semester or term) 7
Instructional support fee (per credit hour) 5
Strategic Facilities Initiative fee (per credit hour) 10
Student support fee (per credit hour) 2
Student communication fee (per credit hour) 2
Health and Wellness Fee (per credit hour) 3

1Up to 14.00 (28.00 for out of state students) per credit hour of the tuition fee will be allocated to athletics.
2 Information concerning residence status may be obtained from the Registrar's Office, Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Suite 153 (479) 968-0272.

Course Fees

Certain courses may also have fees attached. See individual course descriptions to determine whether a course fee is applicable.

International Student Service Fee

Per semester (fall/spring) $30
Per summer term 15

Residence Hall Board Charges (Each Fall and Spring Semesters)

19 meal-per-week plan (Plan A) $1,228
15 meal-per-week + $200 Declining Balance Dollars (Plan B) 1,381
165 meals + $200 Declining Balance Dollars (Plan C) 1,311
145 meals + $230 Declining Balance Dollars (Plan D) 1,311
106 meals + $250 Declining Balance Dollars (Plan E) 1,277
65 meals per semester plus $100 Declining Balance Dollars- Commuter Plan (Plan F) 527
$750 Declining Balance Only Plan - Commuter Plan (Plan G) 750

Residence Hall Room Charges

Baswell, Paine, South Hall, Nutt Hall, Stadium Suite-Doubles and M Street $2,046
Jones, Roush, and Tucker Halls 1,703
Brown, Critz/Hughes, Turner and Wilson Halls 1,505
Caraway Hall 1,601
Vista Place 2,611
Stadium Suites & Nutt Hall Singles 2,446
Tucker Single 2,103
Wilson Single 1,905

University Commons Apartments

2 bedroom apartments (Each Fall and Spring Semesters) $3,244
4 bedroom apartments (Each Fall and Spring Semesters) 2,611

Other Fees and Charges

Late registration fee $25
Adding/dropping courses 10
Distance learning/Mixed Technology fee (per credit hour assessed on all distance learning/mixed technology courses) 5
Returned check 10
Replacement of ID card 25
Post Office box rent: Per Semester ( Fall/Spring) 15
Post Office box rent: Per Summer Term 7.50
Auto registration 30

Parking fees and fines (see Traffic Regulations)
(All students parking on campus must have a parking permit)

Food and Housing (Subject to changes as necessary)

Graduate students are eligible to live in residence halls. Graduate students must carry a minimum of six (6) graduate hours. All students living in residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan; fifteen, nineteen-meals-per-week and declining balance meal plans are available during the fall and spring semesters. Declining Balance Dollars may be used in Chambers Cafeteria, Bas-Tech, and Convenience Store.

Residence halls are closed between fall and spring semesters. However, residents may remain in the residence halls during this period provided they submit proper paperwork to the Office of Residential Life to gain approval. There will be an additional cost for residents approved to remain in the residence halls over this break period. Residents may remain in the residence halls during all other breaks, provided they notify the residence hall staff of their intentions prior to the break period.

All applicants for housing who are 25 years of age on or before October 1 of the academic year, will be required to meet with either the Director of Housing or the Dean of Students, in order to determine if it is in the best interest of the community and the individual for them to reside in housing designed for traditional age college students. Based on this meeting the Director of Housing or Dean of Students will recommend to the Vice President for Student Services to either not accept the housing application or to provide housing for the applicant in alternative campus owned housing.

Payment of Accounts

Tuition and all other fees and charges, including at least one-fourth of room and board charges for students in residence halls, are due and payable prior to the start of each term. Financial settlement may be made by personal payment or AUTHORIZED financial aid (loans, scholarships, grants, third parties, etc.). Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards are accepted for all charges. Information to set up a payment plan or pay in full online is offered via the web site: http://stuaccts.atu.edu. Payment may be made in person at the Student Accounts Office, Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Office 133Registration is not complete until all financial obligations have been met satisfactorily. Failure to make financial settlement will result in cancellation of the class schedule.

Monthly billing statements are electronic. Near the first of each month, notification and information for access will be provided to students via the individual student e-mail address and online at http://stuaccts.atu.edu. Students are responsible for accessing billing statements and printing a paper copy if desired. In addition, paper copies are mailed twice yearly shortly before the beginning of the fall and spring terms. Students registering between billing cycles are responsible for accessing their charges online or contacting Student Accounts to insure making correct payment by the required due date. Payment is due even if billing statement is not received. Students with delinquent accounts are not eligible for food service, transcripts, recommendations, advance registration, or readmission to any term. Collection fees for outstanding debts owed to the University will be assessed to the student.

The University reserves the right to amend or add to the regulations of the institution, including those concerning charges and methods of payment, and to make such changes applicable to students enrolled in the University, as well as to new students.

Important Information for Reduction of Tuition and Fees for Official Withdrawal

The following reduction information specifically addresses courses that begin and end with the main term dates for Spring, Summer I, Summer II and Fall, as listed in the Academic Calendar. Courses with beginning and/or ending dates that are different than the main terms listed above may have different reduction periods. It is the students' responsibility to consult the Student Accounts or Registrar's Office for these reduction dates prior to withdrawing. Withdrawal dates for course with beginning and/or ending dates outside the traditional term can be found at: http://www.atu.edu/registrar.

In the event a student is receiving student financial aid, any refund amount attributable to a loan, grant, or scholarship will be returned to the appropriate account and not to the student. The amount returned to federal programs will be the amount of unearned Federal aid based on the number of calendar days of attendance up to the sixty percent point of the semester. Aid accounts will be refunded in the following order up to the amount of the original disbursement: Federal Direct Loan Programs, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program, Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal SEOG Program, Arkansas Department of Higher Education Programs, Tech scholarships and private aid. Additionally, students who have received a cash payment of Federal aid money will receive a letter after their withdrawal informing them of any amount to be repaid. These repayments will be made through the Student Accounts Office. The student will be ineligible to register for additional courses until the required payments are made.

Reduction of Tuition and Fees for Official Withdrawal - Summer Semesters

Students registering for a summer semester, but officially withdrawing from the courses by the end of the second day of the summer semester, as listed in the “Academic Calendar” will receive a 100 percent reduction of tuition and fees. Students registering for a summer semester, but officially withdrawing from the University by the end of the fifth day of the semester in a summer term, as listed in the “Academic Calendar” will receive an 80 percent reduction of tuition for courses which they are enrolled in at time of withdrawal. No reduction in tuition will be made after the fifth day of the summer semester. No reduction of fees will be made after the second day of the semester.

Reduction of Tuition and Fees for Official Withdrawal - Spring and Fall Semesters

Students registering for the fall or spring semester but officially withdrawing from the University by the end of the fifth day of the semester, as listed in the “Academic Calendar”, will receive a 100 percent reduction of tuition and fees. Room and Board will be reduced on a pro rata basis. Thereafter, students officially withdrawing by the end of the twenty-fifth day of the semester will receive an 80 percent reduction of tuition only for courses in which they are enrolled at time of withdrawal. No reduction in tuition will be made after the twenty-fifth day of the semester. No reduction in fees will be made after the fifth day of the semester.

Financial Aid

Three aid programs are available to graduate students: the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which provides a five-percent loan to eligible students; the Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Direct PLUS Loan Programs, which provide loans (interest rate determined annually) to eligible students; and the Federal College Work-Study Program, which provides on-campus part-time jobs. In order to participate in these programs, the student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov.

Additional information may be obtained at http://www.atu.edu/finaid/ or by e-mail at fa.help@atu.edu. Priority deadlines are April 1 for summer, April 15 for fall, and November 1 for spring.

In addition to general requirements listed in the financial aid academic policy located at http://www.atu.edu/finaid/docs/Academic_Policy.pdf, graduate students receiving federally funded financial aid must meet the conditions listed below in order to remain eligible for financial aid:

  1. Students must earn 67% of hours attempted. Therefore, a student who enrolls in nine (9) hours must pass six (6) hours to attain the 67%. If only three (hours are passed the percentage is 33% and the student is ineligible for aid.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA on graduate courses.
  3. Students must complete the degree by the end of 54 attempted hours.

Graduate Assistantships

The University offers a limited number of graduate assistantships through its academic departments and administrative offices. Inquiries regarding assistantships should be directed to the Graduate College webpage. Applications can be found online at Graduate Assistantship Application. The Graduate College will accept and forward all applications for assistantships to the appropriate program director or supervisor. Available assistantships will be posted and updated accordingly throughout the academic year.  Student inquiries regarding specific positions should be directed to the Graduate College.  Additionally, it is the responsibility of the applicant to pursue possible positions through the Graduate College and posted openings.

A graduate student holding an assistantship appointment does part-time work for the University as determined by the department or office involved. A student receiving an assistantship may take a maximum of nine (9) hours and a minimum of six (6) hours of course work per semester. During each summer session, the student may enroll in a maximum of six (6) credit hours per summer term. Maymester and summer terms do not count as part of the four (4) semesters as long as 18 graduate credit hours are not exceeded within one (1) fiscal year. Exceptions may be made upon the approval of the appropriate program director and the Graduate College Dean. Students selected to hold a graduate assistantship may work only within their contracted department; multiple graduate assistantships within one time period are not acceptable. Additionally, GAs may not hold multiple on-campus roles, i.e. GA and student worker, during the same semester term without prior approval from the Graduate College Dean.

A student may receive a graduate assistantship award for four (4) semesters, if they meet the Graduate College eligibility guidelines and receive continued departmental approval. A program director may appeal for one (1) extra semester by completing a Graduate Assistant Fifth Semester Request Form and providing a detailed written justification to the Graduate Dean. All requests for an additional semester should be received by the application deadlines.

Out-of-State Residence Status for Tuition and Fee purposes

All graduate students classified as “out-of-state” must pay out-of-state tuition as shown in the section entitled “Fees and Charges.”

All graduate students who are legal residents of states which are contiguous to Arkansas (specifically, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Texas) shall receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition charges.

A student from outside of Arkansas entitled to be treated as an instate student for fee purposes should complete an “Application for Residency Classification as Instate Domiciliary” and supply evidence to that effect.

Scholarships

The scholarships listed below have been established by the alumni and friends of Arkansas Tech University in order to afford students the ability to pursue their goals of earning a degree in higher education. Applications for Private and Transfer Scholarships can be obtained from the Admissions Office or Financial Aid Office in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building. Applications should be submitted by March 15.

Jimmie Hartman Hoover Memorial Scholarship

An endowed scholarship created for the purpose of assisting graduate students at Arkansas Tech University and will be awarded each year the funds are sufficient. To be considered for this scholarship the applicant must be a full-time graduate student who is admitted in the Instructional Technology degree program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in library media. In addition, financial need may be considered. The recipient will be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate College.

Dr. Richard Ihde Emergency Management Communications Scholarship

This scholarship was established by friends and family of Dr. Richard Ihde to benefit a student majoring in Emergency Management. The scholarship will be awarded each year that funds are available to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student who is in good academic standing. Applicant must demonstrate financial need. In addition to the scholarship application and letters of recommendation, the applicant must submit a 500-word essay on the topic of the importance of communication in emergency management.

Ed Leachman Emergency Management Scholarship

Through the generosity of Roy and Sandy Smith, this scholarship was established to honor Mr. Ed Leachman, former assistant professor of Emergency Management. The recipient of this award must be an undergraduate or graduate student at Arkansas Tech University pursuing a degree within the Department of Emergency Management. The recipient must be active in the International Association of Emergency Managers and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must submit a statement as to how the scholarship will help him/her reach career goals.

Rexann Oller International Studies Scholarship

The Rexann Oller International Studies Scholarship will be awarded each year to a student who shows academic achievement in international affairs and/or strong background and interest in international relations. This scholarship is open to all Arkansas Tech undergraduate and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Recipients of other tuition scholarships are not eligible to apply. Application deadline is March 15. Please contact the Office of International and Multicultural Student Services for full application requirements.

Tate C. “Piney” Page Memorial Athletic Scholarship

An endowed scholarship to assist a graduate assistant who excelled in football and academics has been established in memory of Dr. Page through contributions by the Russellville Kiwanis Club. Applications should be made to the Arkansas Tech Athletic Director.

Lambert Resimont Scholarship

An endowed athletic scholarship to be awarded annually to a graduate assistant who excelled in basketball and academics. Students interested in applying should contact the Arkansas Tech Athletic Director.

John Rollow Memorial Fund

Established as a tribute to John Rollow to assist non-traditional students in English and Creative Writing with tuition expenses. This scholarship is open to any non-traditional undergraduate or graduate student with demonstrated financial need and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better. Application should be made to the Department of English.

John E. Tucker Memorial Scholarship

An endowed athletic scholarship awarded to a graduate assistant who excelled in football and academics. Applications should be made to the Arkansas Tech Athletic Director.

Jim Ed McGee Graduate Honors Award

The Jim Ed McGee Graduate Honors Award was instituted to recognize one Arkansas Tech University graduate each year.

ELIGIBILITY
Individuals who graduated in May or December are eligible to apply by April 1st of the year following their graduation.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

NOMINATION
Student must be nominated by their faculty advisor. A letter of nomination must accompany the packet submitted to the Graduate College.

SELECTION
A panel of reviewers, consisting of the Graduate Director of Support Services, two (2) graduate faculty members, and the last year's Jim Ed McGee Award recipient will review the candidates for the Jim Ed McGee Graduate Honor Award. The panel will rate the candidate applicants based on the award selection criteria.
*A personal interview may be required.

AWARD PRESENTATION
The Jim Ed McGee Graduate Honors Award recipient will receive a personal plaque presented at a reception hosted by the Graduate Council. Additionally, his/her name will be inscribed on the Jim Ed McGee Graduate Honor Award Plaque for permanent display in the Graduate College.

Angelo and Rosa Denova Graduate History Award

The recipient of this award will be selected by a History Department Paper Prize Award Committee. It is open to any student enrolled in a graduate History course at Arkansas Tech, regardless of major, during the current award cycle. Students should submit a scholarly paper written during the current award cycle in a History class at Arkansas Tech. Specific Submission Guidelines are available from Department of History and Political Science.