While academic achievement leading to graduation is the reason for attending Arkansas Tech University, the experiences that students have outside the classroom prove to have a lifelong impact. Experiences offered through Campus Life enhance maturity, leadership, time management, friendships, career development, and civic engagement along with many other essential life skills.
Campus Life offers programs and services in the following areas: campus recreation, co-curricular experience, facilities, Greek life, leadership programs, new student orientation, outdoor recreation, registered student organizations, service initiatives, spirit squads, and student activities.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/campuslife
Campus Recreation provides participation in a variety of sport, fitness and recreation events that stimulate student learning and personal development while enhancing the quality of life for Arkansas Tech University students. Campus Recreation achieves this mission by providing opportunities for a diversified population to recreate, exercise and socialize through a variety of programs within intramural sports, fitness, outdoor recreation and various special events.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/campusrecreation
Co-Curricular Experience (On Track)
On Track is a co-curricular experience designed to enhance student development beyond the classroom setting, encourage students to network socially among peers and to include students in traditional and signature University events. Each semester, a map of events and activities will be available to students categorized by interest.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/ontrackFacilities
Venues are offered for many different types of events such as meetings, lectures, conferences, banquets and dances. By combining a number of room options with various layouts in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Young Ballroom, or Baswell Techionery, each event will be specific and fit the needs of every individual.
For more information, please visit: www.reservations.atu.eduGreek Life
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/greeks
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/leadership
New Student Orientation
Go Bold New Student Orientation is a mandatory two-day program held before classes begin. Orientation is designed to help incoming freshman transition into college and outlines the University’s academic, social and developmental opportunities. The program includes information about resources available on campus and also provides an opportunity for new students to meet their Bridge to Excellence mentor.
GO BOLD Adventure Camp provides incoming freshman with a unique experience leading to a sense of belonging, connection, and excitement about becoming a Tech student. This extended orientation program provides freshmen with the opportunity to start building friendships and transition to life as a college student, while strengthening their bond to Arkansas Tech University through the introduction of campus culture and traditions.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/orientationOutdoor Recreation
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/outdoorrec
Registered Student Organizations
Arkansas Tech has over one hundred Registered Student Organizations. These organizations are run by students who produce their own programming and initiatives to fulfill their individual purposes. This is an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real world experiences.
For more information, please visit: atu.collegiatelink.netService Initiatives
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/studentlife/civicengagementSpirit Squads
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/spiritStudent Activities
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/sab
Counseling services provides counseling, consultation, and outreach to the Arkansas Tech University community. The counseling staff is committed to promoting the educational mission of the university by working with the campus community to establish and maintain healthy and effective behavior patterns and lifestyles that enhance learning and personal development. The range of services provided includes personal counseling for students in individual, couples, or group sessions. The staff provides consultations to students, parents, staff, faculty and administration. There is a small library of self-help books and videos, and a variety of informational brochures available. Presentations and outreach programming are scheduled throughout the year and are available upon request.
Services are provided Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm year round. Counseling Services is staffed by licensed counselors trained to provide professional counseling services. For additional information, please visit the Health and Wellness Center in Dean Hall 126 or call 479-968-0389.
The Department of Public Safety is located at 1508 North Boulder Avenue. To report a crime or request information, contact Public Safety at 479-968-0222. In an emergency, call 911. Public Safety maintains direct contact with the 911 Communications Center for all emergency services. It is the responsibility of Public Safety to investigate all reports of criminal activity and accidents that occur on University property. Visit Public Safety's website at www.atu.edu/psafe for more information and services offered.
The Office of Disability Services (DS) facilitates services and accommodations that enable students with disabilities to access the same opportunities as their peers with the greatest degree of independence possible. Students who require accommodations are encouraged to contact DS in order to assess the student’s needs and prepare a tailored plan of accommodation specifically addressing barriers to academics, activities, or access to facilities.
The Director of DS is responsible for interfacing with students seeking accommodations, obtaining disability related documents, certifying eligibility for services, determining reasonable accommodations, and developing an accommodation plan for students. Offices are located in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building, Suite 171. Students may schedule an appointment by calling (479) 968-0302, (479) 964-3290 (TTY), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognizing that optimum health is essential to effective learning, the university maintains health services available to all students. The Health and Wellness Center, located in Dean Hall Room 126 (entrance on north side of the building), provides confidential treatment of minor injuries and illnesses through a well-equipped facility and within the scope and practice of the registered nurse and certified nurse practitioners who staff the center full-time. The nurses make appropriate referrals to local health care providers when necessary.
The university assumes no financial responsibility for student care other than that provided by the Health and Wellness Center. Students are urged to carry their own health insurance.
In addition to clinical services, a wide range of health promotion and educational programs are provided in a variety of campus settings.
Patient Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Students are strongly encouraged to make appointments; however, available walk-in times are from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Health and Wellness Center staff can be contacted by phone at 479-968-0329, email at email@example.com or online at www.atu.edu/hwc.
Arkansas Tech cooperates with a number of other higher educational institutions in Arkansas to make available a student group insurance policy. Students not adequately covered by an individual or family group insurance policy may purchase this policy at the beginning of any semester. Students may contact the Health and Wellness Center for more information. All international students are required to purchase a medical insurance plan that satisfies the requirements of the Office of International and Multicultural Student Services.
The International and Multicultural Student Services Office provides support services designed to enrich the college experience for multicultural and international students. The office actively recruits multicultural and international students to increase the diversity of the Tech campus, provide the opportunity for cultural exchange, and aid in helping all Tech students develop an appreciation for cultural differences.
The office offers a wide range of services for international students, including orientation, immigration updates, cross-cultural programming, and other support services necessary to ease the transition of international students into the U.S. culture. American college students play a vital role in this process by volunteering to serve as mentors to new international students through the Global Connect program.
Several established student organizations receive support from the International and Multicultural Student Services Office, including the Black Student Association, the Chinese Student Association, the Hispanic Student Association, the Indian Student Association, the Japanese Student Association, the Saudi Student Association and the Association for Cultural Interaction. Working together, programs are developed and sponsored throughout the year to educate faculty, staff and students regarding international and multicultural heritage.
Additional information may be obtained by calling (479) 964-0832, faxing (479) 880-2039, or writing to the Director of International and Multicultural Student Services, Tomlinson Room 29, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas 72801, U.S.A.
The mission of the ATU English Language Institute (ELI) is to provide classes that assist non-native speakers of English in developing the English language skills necessary to successfully pursue academic work in a United States college or university. The ELI accomplishes the mission by delivering non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) academic reading, writing, speaking and note-taking instruction for English language deficient students. As part of the Department of English and World Languages, ELI welcomes students from diverse backgrounds whether international or U.S. resident. Additional information may be obtained by calling (479) 964-3272, faxing (479) 880-2039, or writing to the Coordinator of the English Language Institute, Tomlinson Room 011, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas 72801, U.S.A.
Students who wish to improve their Japanese language skills and learn more about Japanese society may do so by studying for a semester or a year at Komazawa University in Tokyo. Students must have completed two years of university work, in the case of undergraduates, and one year of graduate work, in the case of graduates, prior to enrollment in this program. Applicants must have good academic standing and a minimum of two years of Japanese language instruction. Students will be admitted in the first semester beginning in April, or in the fall term which begins in September. Costs include Tech tuition and fees (students are exempt from Komazawa tuition) as well as transportation and living expenses. More information may be obtained from the Office of International and Multicultural Student Services, Tomlinson Room 029 phone (479-964-0832) or the College of Arts and Humanities, Witherspoon 240, phone (479-968-0274).
The Norman Career Services office provides a variety of resources for students and alumni both on-campus and through the website at www.atu.edu/career. Beginning with their freshman year, all students are encouraged to take self-assessments through FOCUS 2 so that they can explore their career options and engage in discussions with their career counselor, mentors, and peers about their interests and abilities. The Career Services staff is available for private appointments to assist students with their career goals, resumes, cover letters, and personal marketing plans. Additionally, outreach programs to students include professional development workshops, classroom visits, custom student organization workshops, and employer events.
Employers partner with the Norman Career Services office to post part-time, full-time, and internship positions on the website as well as arrange for additional opportunities to grow their on-campus presence. Events such as career fairs, information sessions, and interviews are all arranged through Career Services to ensure that Arkansas Tech University graduates are given every opportunity for success while becoming well-informed and prepared to enter the workforce.
The Office of Residence Life exists as a vital part of the educational program and academic support services of the University. The mission of the Office of Residence Life is to provide a clean, well-maintained, and safe living environment that is conducive to study and will foster a meaningful growth experience. Activities and programs presented within the residence halls are designed to develop a community which encourages educational opportunities while promoting maturity, responsibility, and above al,l academic success.
Single students between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-one (21), and with fewer than sixty (60) earned credit hours of college work, are required to live on campus, as space permits, in University owned housing facilities. These students are required to purchase a meal plan unless living in the University Commons Apartments or Vista Place. Exemptions to the on-campus residency requirement include: students living with immediate family (mother, father, sister, brother) within a thirty (30) mile radius of the Russellville, Arkansas campus, married students, or students with dependent children. Students under the age of eighteen (18) from August 23, 2014 to January 1, 2015 must sign the Arkansas Tech University Waiver and Release of Liability for a Minor Living on Campus prior to being allowed to sign a housing contract and live in on-campus housing. The Arkansas Tech Univeristy Waiver and Release of Liability for a Minor Living on Campus is available through the Office of Residence Life at http://www.atu.edu/reslife. Students seventeen (17) or under on January 1, 2015 are not premitted to live in University owned housing facilities.
Applications for University housing, housing contracts, room assignments, and questions concerning housing are managed by the Office of Residence Life. The Residence Life staff can be contacted by hone at 479-968-0376, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://www.atu.edu/reslife.
Housing rules and regulations for all students contracted with the Office of Residence Life can be found in the Arkansas Tech University Student Handbook under the section “Guide to Residence Hall Living,” located online at http://issuu.com/arkansastechuniversity/docs/studenthandbook-2013. Students residing in any facilities maintained by the Office of Residence Life are responsible for understanding all policies contained in the guide. Questions should be directed to Aaron Hogan, Associate Dean for Residence Life at email@example.com.
Arkansas Tech University offers seventeen (17) living facilities for our students. Residence halls and apartments are air-conditioned and are constructed to accommodate two students per room (M Street, Stadium Suites, Nutt Hall, and Wilson Hall have some designed single rooms available). All residence halls and apartments are completely furnished. Amenities include cable television, internet access, and wireless internet available in each lobby. Laundry facilities are located in all residence halls and apartments. Laundry fees are included with student housing fees. Arkansas Tech University is a Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus; this includes all residence hall and apartment rooms.
To be eligible to be a resident in a University residence hall, a person must carry a meal plan (for residents of Vista Place and University Commons Apartments, a meal plan is optional) and be enrolled at the University campus in a minimum of nine (9) undergraduate semester hours each semester or a minimum of six (6) graduate hours each semester. The University reserves the right not to contract with persons who are currently violating or have previously violated the terms and conditions of a housing contract or other University rules or regulations, or who have a past due balance with the University.
To be eligible to be a resident in the University Commons Apartments, a person must be enrolled at the University campus in a minimum of nine (9) undergraduate semester hours each semester or a minimum of six (6) graduate hours each semester. The University reserves the right not to contract with persons who are currently violating or have previously violated the terms and conditions of a housing contract or other University rules or regulations, or who have a past due balance with the University. The maximum number of persons occupying an apartment shall be no more than four (4) persons in a four-bedroom apartment, and no more than two (2) persons in a two-bedroom apartment. No other occupants are permitted.
Photos and descriptions of the residence halls and apartments are available at http://www.atu.edu/reslife
The primary purpose of student financial aid at Tech is to provide assistance to students who, without aid, would be unable to attend college. Financial assistance consists of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment, which may be offered to students singularly or in various combinations, depending upon the degree of need. In determining the extent of a student’s need, the University must consider the financial support which may be expected from the income, assets, and other resources of the parents and the student. Aid awards by the University are considered supplementary to the efforts of the student’s family in assisting their children with college expenses. All awards are administered by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with the University’s equal educational opportunity policy. The University does not participate in individual financial aid agreements with other institutions, including study abroad programs. Study abroad in a Tech sponsored program approved for academic credit is considered for Federal aid in the same manner as all other for academic credit classes.
Application forms for all types of aid may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office in Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Office 117.Cost of Attendance
A student’s cost of attendance (also called the financial aid budget) is the total of required tuition and fees and allowances for books and supplies, room and board, travel and personal expenses. Since federal regulations allow the cost of a computer to be added to the cost of attendance one time during the college career of a student, the cost of a computer and related accessories up to $1,500 purchased no earlier than four months prior to enrollment will be added to the student’s cost of attendance budget upon the student’s submission of an itemized paid-in-full receipt. This will be a one time adjustment with the costs being spread over the school year. No further adjustments will be made for upgrades or additional software at any time during the student’s career. Other adjustments to the cost of attendance allowed by federal regulations include Tech sponsored study-abroad programs approved for academic credit, child care costs, purchase of equipment required by all students in the same course of study, and reasonable expenses incurred related to a student’s disability. These adjustments may result in additional financial aid if the student was not already receiving the maximum amount of every type of aid for which they were eligible. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office: (479) 968-0399.Scholarship Stacking Policy
Act 1180 of 1999 prohibits postsecondary institutions from using public funds in a student aid package which may contain a combination of state, institutional, private and federal funds that exceeds the cost of attendance at the institution. Arkansas Tech follows the Arkansas Department of Higher Education regulations by reducing scholarship amounts which cause awards to exceed cost of attendance. In absence of direction from a private donor, private funds will be credited to the first semester attended unless they cause an over-award for the semester. In these cases, the scholarship will be divided equally between the current and following semester. For more information on the scholarship stacking policy, contact the Financial Aid Office: (479) 968-0399.
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.
This policy applies to funds received through the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (FSEOG), the Federal Work Study, the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Subsidized Direct Loan, the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS loan programs.
This policy will be applied automatically and without favor or prejudice. With the exception of certificate and clock hour students, all federal aid recipients' progress is reviewed annually at the end of each spring semester and upon the receipt of each new financial aid application. Certificate students are reviewed at the end of fall, spring and summer two semesters. Clock hour students are reviewed at the end of each payment period. Students who have filed a successful appeal will be placed on an academic plan which will be monitored throughout the course of the plan. Individual students will be reviewed within the semester if notification of a grade change is received by the Financial Aid Office.
Any appeal of this policy must be made in writing to the Financial Aid Academic Policy Appeal Committee and turned in to the Financial Aid Office within thirty days of the notification of the violation. Financial aid will not be paid retroactively for any semester’s lost eligibility.
Students must meet all conditions of the policy. Violation of any section will result in loss of aid.Changing Majors
When students change majors they are required to continue meeting all sections of this policy. If the major change causes the student to exceed the maximum number of hours attempted, they may appeal and provide a memo from their advisor detailing the hours from the previous major which do not apply to the current major. All hours not applicable to the new major will then be disregarded in the calculation of maximum hours. The cumulative grade point average will still be considered as the students grade point.Institutional Academic Suspension
Any student whose name appears on the institutional suspension list will not be eligible to receive aid for their next period of enrollment even if they re-enroll with the approval of the Admissions Council unless summer hours earned at Tech re-establish eligibility.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when they are no longer on the suspension list.Withdrawals/All "F" Grades
Federal regulations require a calculation to determine how much aid, if any, must be returned to the Federal program when a student withdraws or receives all grades of “F”. Students who must repay funds will be notified within 45 days of the amount by the Financial Aid Office.First Undergraduate Degree
A student is considered making satisfactory academic progress if hours earned divided by hours attempted equal 67% or greater. Example: If a student enrolls in fifteen (15) hours and earns nine (9) hours, the percentage equals 60%. Therefore this student is NOT making satisfactory academic progress. On the other hand, if the same student had earned twelve (12) hours, the percentage would equal 80% and the student would be making satisfactory academic progress. Note: Accepted transfer hours are counted as both attempted and earned and are considered in this calculation. Students granted academic clemency will have all semesters attended counted on the basis of attempted hours.
Incomplete, repeat and audit classes are counted as hours attempted, but do not increase hours earned. For repeated courses, only the grade from the best attempt of the repeated course is calculated into a student’s cumulative grade point although all grades and all attempts are recorded on the student’s academic record. Federal financial aid will pay for only one repeat of a class with a grade of "D" or better. If an incomplete grade is not replaced by an earned letter grade by the end of the next regular semester it will become a grade of “F” and will be considered in the next regular determination of policy progress. No special consideration of the effects of dropping classes will be allowed unless the Student Financial Aid Director is contacted for approval prior to dropping the courses.
A student must receive a bachelor's degree by the end of 180 attempted credit hours, an associate's degree by the end of 90 attempted credit hours and a certificate by the end of 45 attempted credit hours. Allowances will be made for semesters involving required remedial course work, bachelor's degrees which require more than 120 earned hours, associate's degrees which require more than 60 earned hours, and certificates which require more than 30 earned hours. All semesters attended will be counted whether a student received financial aid during the semester or not. Clock hour students must complete their program by the end of 150% of the published length of the program.Required Grade Point Average First Undergraduate Degree
With the exception of certificate and clock hour students, all students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.0 at the end of their first semester, 1.50 at the end of their second semester, 1.75 at the end of their third semester and 2.0 at the end of their fourth and all subsequent undergraduate semesters or “equivalent transfer semesters.” (Transfer students will be assigned "equivalent transfer semesters" based on the number of hours accepted by the Registrar's Office.) Example: A student who attempts 24 hours in four half-time semesters would be required to have a 2.0 at the end of the fourth semester. While a student who attempts 24 hours in two full-time semesters would still have two additional semesters before a 2.0 GPA would be required. Certificate and clock hour students must have a 1.5 GPA at the end of the first semester and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 thereafter. No appeal will be granted for anyone in violation of the required cumulative 2.0 GPA. Students granted academic clemency will have a "financial aid GPA" based on all hours completed and will not receive aid until that GPA reaches at least 2.0.
Any student who fails to meet the required 2.0 GPA will be reinstated once the required GPA is met. However, financial aid will not be paid retroactively for any aid lost because of this requirement. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when they have attained the required GPA.Subsequent Bachelors Degree OR Teacher Certification
Any second undergraduate degree or certification must be completed by the end of 45 attempted hours. If a degree is not completed within this time frame, the student may appeal and provide a memo from their advisor detailing the reasons why it was not possible for the subsequent degree to be completed in the required time frame. All hours not applicable to the subsequent degree are then disregarded in the calculation of maximum hours.Required Grade Point Average Subsequent Credentials or Teacher Certification
Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
All academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline to apply for Distinguished Scholars, Second Century Scholars, or a Collegiate Scholars is February 28 of the current award year. The deadline to apply for University Honors is December 1 of the current award year. The deadline to apply for Transfer Scholarships is June 1 for a fall term and December 15 for a spring term of the current award year. The amount of total funds received by each student will be contingent on the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Scholarship Stacking Policy, Arkansas Act 1180 of 1999.
Main campus scholarship awards will only pay for main campus coursework. Students may receive only one Tech-funded academic scholarship in any semester. Scholarship recipients must live in a residence hall or receive an exemption to the residency requirements from the Residential Life Office in accordance with established University policy. Recipients are responsible for making on-campus housing arrangements. Students who live in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas are considered in-state for tuition purposes and therefore eligible for academic scholarship awards. Original ACT or SAT reports should not be altered. Superscores or recalculated exam scores, using subset scores from multiple exams, will not be accepted. A traditional-aged high school student who opts to take the GED and scores a minimum of 680 may apply for academic scholar awards. Students receiving scholar awards must be U.S. citizens.
All scholarship recipients must be admitted to the University with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) on file before a scholarship will be credited to a student's account. All additional information requested by the Financial Aid Office must be submitted by December 1 in order to meet the aid application requirements for second semester renewal. For all subsequent semesters, the FAFSA and all requested documentation must be on file by August 1 each year.
Scholarships are awarded for consecutive fall and spring terms only and do not cover summer terms. Scholarships can be deferred for up to one year upon Scholarship Committee approval. A deferment must be requested in writing prior to the semester for the scholarship award.
Students who receive scholarship awards are responsible for knowing their renewal requirements printed on their award notification or available online at http://www.atu.edu/admissions/. Receipt, continued receipt, or renewal of all academic scholarships is also contingent upon the student honoring the Arkansas Tech University Student Code of Conduct as well as local, state, and federal laws. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal.
All scholarship students are eligible for a one-time only grace semester. A grace semester is applied automatically through the Financial Aid Office. Students who qualify for a grace semester must be within .25 of the semester requirement while their cumulative GPA met the requirement. After a student’s Grace Semester is used, failure to meet the renewal requirements in any semester will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship for all subsequent semesters. Students who fail to meet renewal requirements are notified via their official student email.
To remain in compliance with Act 323 of 2009, the University reserves the right to cancel or modify any scholarship funded by the institution at any time.
Students, who received scholarship awards prior to fall 2010, see the undergraduate catalog printed for the year of entry for renewal requirements.
Academic All-Star Scholarship
Transfer students who are selected as Academic All-Stars by their two-year institution are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is awarded up to $2,550 per semester. A student must enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA for renewal of up to five semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Priority consideration will be given to the first ten students who apply prior to June 1. Transfer scholarships must be used on the main campus in Russellville.
Collegiate Scholars receive a maximum award of $500 per semester for up to four semesters. Incoming freshmen who score 21-23 ACT composite and 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Distinguished Scholars receive a maximum award of $4500 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 26-36 ACT composite and 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Phi Theta Kappa
Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and have completed a minimum of 30 transferable, for-credit hours with a minimum 3.50 college GPA are eligible to apply for a Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship. These scholarships are competitive and pay up to $2550 a semester renewable up to three semesters. A student must enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA for renewal of up to five semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Transfer scholarships must be used on the main campus in Russellville.
Presidential Honors Transfer Scholarship
This scholarship allows any Arkansas two-year college president/chancellor the opportunity to name one student each fall for a transfer scholarship awarded up to $2,550 per semester. A student must enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA for renewal of up to five semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Interested students should check with their current two-year school’s Financial Aid Office or President’s/Chancellor’s office for further details. Transfer scholarships must be used on the main campus in Russellville.
Second Century Scholars
Second Century Scholars receive a maximum award of $2,550 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 24-25 ACT composite and 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Senior Service Fellowships
Fellowships in the various colleges of the University are open to a limited number of outstanding advanced students. These service fellowships are awarded at the discretion of college committees when the caliber of the applicant justifies such assistance. Candidates for the fellowship must have earned 90 semester hours of credit, have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all work, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours for the semester(s) for which the fellowship is granted. Any deviation or exception to this policy must be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs. Students who would like to be considered for a Senior Service Fellowship must make written application by April 1 to the appropriate dean.
Tech Transfer Scholarship
The award amount varies for this competitive scholarship. Students who have completed 30 or more transferable, for-credit hours at an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.25 transfer GPA should apply. Students who receive transfer scholarships are required to enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA for renewal of up to five semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Academic scholarships must be used on the main campus in Russellville.
University Honors Scholarship
University Honors participants receive a maximum award of $5300 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Students who score a 28-36 ACT and have a 3.50 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. The University Honors application deadline is December 1 of the current academic year. Students who are chosen for an interview will be notified in December and January. Invitations to join the University Honors Program will be sent by February 1 to selected interview candidates. All University Honors scholarship recipients must participate in University Honors curriculum requirements, in the sophomore service requirement, and attend all Honors functions. Scholarship recipients must complete a minimum of 15 hours per semester with a 3.25 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester.
University Honors Scholarship recipients will receive an Advanced Scholars Stipend. The $1000 per semester stipend is awarded fall and spring terms only for the duration the student remains active as a University Honors undergraduate scholarship recipient. Recipients who fail to retain their University Honors scholarship award forfeit the Advanced Scholars Stipend. For additional information on the University Honors scholarship, contact Dr. Jan Jenkins, Director of Honors, at (479) 968-0456.
Arkansas Tech University Foundation Scholarships will be awarded if funds are sufficient. To be considered for an Arkansas Tech University Foundation scholarship where need is a determining factor, a Federal Financial Aid Application (www.fafsa.com) must be on file in the Financial Aid Office. Federal and state regulations do not permit students to receive financial aid in excess of their cost of attendance. For complete details regarding scholarship stacking regulations, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Students who receive privately funded scholarships will be responsible for writing thank you notes. Expressing appreciation to donors for their interest in and support of higher education is an important part of receiving a scholarship.
The Arkansas Tech University Foundation reserves the right to amend scholarship requirements and criteria.
Applying for Foundation Scholarships
The student is responsible for submitting the Foundation Scholarship Application and all documentation listed in the scholarship criteria to the Office of Development. The application and all required documentation must be received by February 28 (i.e., applicant letter, reference letters, etc.). Only one application and documentation is required for multiple Foundation Scholarships.
Documentation must include a letter from the applicant explaining the need for the scholarship, special family circumstances, career goals, and three letters of recommendation from any of the following: Arkansas Tech faculty, High School Counselor, Principal, Pastor, Employer, or someone familiar with your work ethics and family situation.
The applicant will be considered for all scholarships through the Office of Development where all the criteria requirements have been fulfilled.
Submit Application Packet to:
Office of Development
1509 N. Boulder Avenue ADM 209
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
All applications and documentation must be received by February 28.
To view the Foundation Scholarships offered at Arkansas Tech University please go to http://www.atu.edu/givetotech/scholar-search.htm
The maximum number and maximum value of such scholarships will be determined by the constitution and by-laws of the NCAA Great American Conference. Applicants should contact the Arkansas Tech University Athletic Director at 479-968-0245.
Arkansas Education Association Scholarships - http://www.aeaonline.org/awards-scholarships:
Emma Scott - Scholarship for Future Teachers
The Emma Scott Memorial Scholarships were established in 1961 by the Arkansas Education Association to honor Emma Scott. Miss Scott was a former English teacher in Little Rock and AEA staff member who is credited with establishing Future Teachers of America programs in Arkansas.
TE Patterson - Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
This $500 scholarship is awarded yearly to five African-American college students in Arkansas. Each year this scholarship also honors the memory of a distinguished African-American educator. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1st. All applications must be completed with documents by the deadline. Otherwise the committee will not consider it.
Arkansas Health Information Management Association Scholarship
An annual scholarship fund has been established by the Arkansas Health Information Management Association. The scholarship is awarded each spring to a deserving health information management major in his/her junior or senior year. The recipient is determined by the Executive Board of the Arkansas Health Information Management Association. Interested students should contact the Health Information Management Program office in Dean Hall Suite 201 to obtain an application. Application deadline is January 31st.
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
Single parents who reside in counties other than those listed below may find information for their county at http://www.aspsf.org/
Logan County Single Parent Scholarship Fund
LCSPSF offers approximately $500 per semester (spring, fall, summer), which may be used to support the needs of the scholar - pay for gasoline, pay for babysitter, pay for food, clothing, utilities, rent etc. Half the scholarship is provided at the beginning of the semester and the remainder after submission of the mid-semester grades, which must be passing grades. Students can apply for the scholarships on-line. Contact: Christy McCollough, Scholarships, 479-675-4326 email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Mailing address: Jessica Philmon, First National bank, P.O. Box 31, Paris, AR 72855.
Pope-Yell County Single Parent Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded each semester to single parents who are residents of Pope or Yell counties. Recipients must have applied for federal financial aid and be eligible for a federal Pell Grant. Application deadline is July 15 for the fall semester and January 15 for the spring semester. Applications are available from Pope-Yell County Single Parent Scholarship Board, River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children, Inc. P.O. Box 2066, Russellville, Arkansas 72811.
J.D. Knight Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mrs. J.D. Knight in memory of her late husband, Mr. J.D. Knight, a former member of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. The recipient must be majoring in accounting, business, or economics and must have an interest in banking as a possible career.
General - Students use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and list Tech as one of the schools to receive information. With the exception of Unsubsidized, Additional Unsubsidized Federal Direct and PLUS loans, students must be financially eligible to receive funds from Federal financial aid programs.
Deadline - To receive equal consideration, a student must have a complete application on file by April 15. All remaining funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until depleted. Note: All requested information must be returned to the Financial Aid Office by July 15 to ensure aid availability at the beginning of the fall semester.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant provides direct grants from the government to the undergraduate student for educational expenses. Since this is a grant program, the student does not have to repay the amounts received, unless the semester for which a grant is received is not completed.
Under current guidelines, only students who have never received a bachelor’s degree and who have not already received the equivalent of twelve semesters of the grant are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. The university does not determine whether a student is financially eligible. The amount of the grant given to an individual student is based on a schedule provided to the university by the government. No eligible student will be denied a grant.
Federal Perkins Loans
Under the program students may borrow up to $27,500 for undergraduate students and $40,000 for graduate students. Annual loan limits are $5,500 for undergraduates and $8,000 for graduates.
The repayment period and the interest do not begin until six months after the student completes studies. The loan bears interest at the rate of five percent per year and repayment of principal may be extended over a ten-year period. The University approves and makes the loans and is responsible for collections. Repayment is deferred for as long as a borrower is enrolled at an institution of higher education and is carrying at least a half-time academic load. Under certain conditions, a part or all of the loan may be canceled if the student enters the teaching profession.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program
The purpose of the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program is to provide additional funds to qualified students of exceptional need. Each grant is awarded according to federal guidelines.
The University uses student employees when practicable, but students are not encouraged to work to an extent which would hinder their scholastic program. Employment assignments are made under both the Federal College Work-Study Program and the institutional Non-Work-Study Program. To be eligible for student employment, the student must be enrolled at least half-time, successfully pass minimum load requirements, satisfy grade point requirements, maintain satisfactory employer-employee relations and have conduct and personal appearance that reflect credit to the student and the University.
William D. Ford Direct Loan Program
Federal regulations require a delayed disbursement of thirty days for all first-year, first-time undergraduate student borrowers in any Federal Direct Loan program. Additionally, all student borrowers must be enrolled in a minimum of six hours.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Parents of students may borrow annually the amount of the student’s cost of education minus other aid for each child who is enrolled at least half time and is a dependent undergraduate student. PLUS is limited to parents who do not have an adverse credit history, and late payments on outstanding obligations are not to be considered as having adverse credit history. The interest rate is determined each June with the borrower beginning payment within sixty days of loan disbursement. Graduate students may also borrow under the PLUS loan program. They have to meet the same credit history requirements, must apply for Federal financial aid and may borrow up to the cost of attendance less other financial aid. As with the Parent PLUS, the interest rate is determined each June.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
The Federal Direct Loan program authorizes loans up to $3,500 per year for first-year undergraduates, $4,500 for second-year undergraduates, and $5,500 per year for undergraduates who have completed two years of undergraduate work. The maximum an undergraduate student may borrow is $23,000. Under this program a student must financially qualify for the loan. The interest rate is determined each June.
Repayment of principal and interest ordinarily begins six months after the student leaves school or ceases to be at least a half-time student. However, interest will begin to accrue as of the date the student ceases to be at least half-time. The amount of the monthly payments will be based on the total amount borrowed.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan has the same loan limits and deferments as the Direct Subsidized Loan. However, the student does not have to be financially eligible for the loan and must either pay the interest while in school or have it capitalized for repayment with the loan principal. The total borrowed in Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct undergraduate loans may not exceed the student’s yearly maximum as shown above. Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 for a school year, not to exceed the total undergrad and grad maximum of $138,500. The interest rate is determined each June.
Federal Direct Additional Unsubsidized Loan - Dependent students may borrow $2,000 per year for four years. Independent students may borrow up to $6,000 per year for the first two years of undergraduate study and $7,000 per year thereafter with an undergraduate maximum of $34,500. Borrowers do not have to show need but do have to apply for financial aid. The interest rate is determined each June. Students are responsible for paying the interest that accrues on the loan from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full but have the option to defer interest payments while in school and have the interest added to the amount borrowed.
The programs listed below are awarded and administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Further information may be obtained by writing to: Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 114 East Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201, or by calling (479) 371-2000, or 1-800-547-8839 or at www.adhe.edu. The application for all programs is available on-line.
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship Program
The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college. The application deadline is June 1. There are no income restrictions but students still must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The scholarship award amount will be determined annually in early Spring.
Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (G-TIP)
The Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (G-TIP) provides up to $5,000 per year to Arkansas residents who are active members of the Arkansas Army/Air National Guard. Applications may be obtained from the unit commander or online at http://www.arguard.org/Education/ta.asp
Governor’s Distinguished Scholars
The Governor’s Distinguished Scholars Program provides a tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board not to exceed $10,000 per year to students who achieve 32 or above on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT or are a National Merit Finalist attending an approved Arkansas public or private college or university. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the student meets the continuing eligibility standards. Application deadline is February 1 of high school graduation year.
Governor’s Scholars Program
The Governor’s Scholars Program provides $4,000 merit grants each year to seventy-five of Arkansas’ academically superior high school graduates in order to assist them in their undergraduate studies at approved colleges or universities in Arkansas. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the student meets the continuing eligibility standards. Applications should be submitted prior to February 1 of high school graduation year.
Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Opportunities Grant)
The GO! Grant provides $1000 grants to full-time and $500 grants to part-time students based on financial need. Students must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to applying for the grant. Students also must meet the financial need criteria established for the GO! Grant and attend an approved Arkansas Institution. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Application deadline is June 1.
Law Enforcement Officer’s Dependents Scholarship
The Law Enforcement Officers' Dependents Scholarship (LEO) provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and room at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, some Highway and Transportation Department employees, and other public employees, who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Application deadlines are June 1 and November 1.
Military Dependent’s Scholarship
The Military Dependent’s Scholarship Program provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board to full-time students at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansans who were killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled. All applicants must also apply for and show acceptance or denial of the Federal dependent's Educational Assistance Program. Application deadlines are June 1 and November 1.
Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)
The TOP program offers reimbursement grants to cover tuition and fees for up to six hours per fiscal year to current Arkansas teachers seeking to further their education..
The State Teacher Education Program (STEP)
The State Teacher Education Program (STEP) provides Federal student loan repayment grants of up to $7,000 to Arkansas residents who earned a teaching degree after 4/1/2004, are teaching in a public school in a geographical and/or subject shortage area or who are minorities. Application deadline is June 1.
The Workforce Improvement Grant
A need based grant for non-traditional students who are at least 24 years old. The program’s goal is to help those students returning to school who have financial need but might not be eligible for assistance from traditional state and federal programs. The annual award is a maximum of $2,000 for a student enrolled full time (12 semester hours), but may be less in order to prevent an overaward as defined by Federal regulations. Students enrolled part time will have their grants prorated based on the number of hours enrolled. Because the grants are not renewable, students must apply each year by completing a FAFSA by July 1 of each year.
Arkansas National Guard
Act 82 of 2005 provides a tuition and waiver assistance program for soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard. Members of the Arkansas National Guard should contact the Student Accounts Office for information.
Dr. James I. Balch Student Loan Fund
An interest-free loan to be repaid in installments of twenty percent, forty percent, and forty percent at nine, eighteen, and thirty-six month intervals. A student must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, must demonstrate financial need, and must file a separate loan application. Information regarding the application process is available through the Payroll and Special Services Office.
Students who cease attendance at Arkansas Tech University without completing and receiving a grade in one or more courses due to military activation or deployment may receive compensation for the resulting monetary loss as provided by Act 85 of 2005. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for information.
Native American Out-of-State Waiver
Arkansas Tech University offers in-state tuition rates to Native American students in other states belonging to tribes which formerly lived in Arkansas, before relocation, and whose names are on the rolls of tribal headquarters. Tribes thus identified include the Caddo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muskogee), Delaware, Kickapoo, Osage, Quapaw, Shawnee, and Tunica. Students who qualify for in-state tuition for fee purposes may apply for freshman academic scholarship. For more information contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 582-6953.
Over 60 Tuition Waiver
Arkansas residents who are sixty or older on the first day of class may have tuition and fees waived upon completion of certification of eligibility. Students must notify the Financial Aid Office each semester of the number of enrolled hours which need to be waived. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.
Mr. Tommy Memorial Student Loan Fund
Arkansas Tech has a special loan fund known as the “Mr. Tommy Memorial Student Loan Fund.” This fund was established by Arkansas Tech alumni as a memorial to the late E.S. Tomlinson, for many years head of the biology department. Supplementing lesser contributions by hundreds of former students is the Margaret McFadden Lykes, Jr., contribution. Loans from this fund are limited in amount and intended primarily for emergency aid to students. One semester of successful residence is required of all students applying for these loans. Information relative to this fund may be obtained from the Student Services Office.
Arkansas Tech University is approved by the State Approving Agency for Veterans as a school (college, university, etc.) whereby veterans and dependents of deceased or disabled veterans may obtain subsistence while working toward a degree. Eligible students should contact the Office of Veteran Services to obtain information regarding school attendance under the following program: Title 38, Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill for Veterans; Title 38, Chapter 32, Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP); Title 38, Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill; Title 38, Chapter 35, Survivors and Dependents Education; Title 10, Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill for Selective Reserves; and Title 10, Chapter 1607, Reserve Educational Assistance Program.
All students must be working toward a degree and should follow the curriculum outline for their objectives, since only specific courses may be applied toward VA certification and graduation. Veterans may be given placement credit for prior military training. The Office of Veteran Services is available to assist students concerning VA benefits. The Office of Veteran Services is located in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Office 163.
Enrollment certification will not be sent to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs until transcripts are on file and the person applying for veteran’s benefits has been admitted to the University.
Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance
Persons who have substantial handicap to employment as a result of a permanent disability may receive, at no cost to themselves, vocational counseling and some financial assistance toward the cost of their college training when the vocational objective of the disabled person is approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. These services are available through the Division of Rehabilitation Services, 1401 Brookwood Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203. Application for assistance or request for information about the program may be made to that address or to a local rehabilitation counselor.
Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act is a federal program which provides financial assistance to individuals in need. The program’s primary targets are individuals with barriers to employment and dislocated workers. Candidates who meet eligibility requirements will receive tuition and book scholarships for two years to complete an associate degree at Arkansas Tech University. WIA is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Requests for information about eligibility may be made through the WIA office,104 S. Rochester, Russellville, AR 72801; telephone 968-4919; TDD/ARS: 1-800-285-1131.
The Arkansas Tech University Bookstore is located in the Young Building. Textbooks, study guides, school supplies, computer software, caps and gowns for graduation, in addition to other items may be purchased.
A full refund will be given on new or used textbooks until the end of the 3rd class day. The following conditions will apply:
An extended period for refunds is available to students who drop a class or withdraw from school. Specific dates will be posted each semester. Students must have a withdrawal slip and receipt. Returns are not allowed on study guides, workbooks, cliffnotes, wrapped or boxed merchandise that is opened, etc. The manager reserves the right to make the decision on the condition or salability of the merchandise.
Students may sell their textbooks for cash at the bookstore during examination week. Fifty percent of the new price will be paid to the student if the bookstore has received a request from the instructor stating the textbook will be used the following semester, the textbook is in good condition (no water damaged books will be bought back), and the bookstore is not overstocked. Select textbooks not bought at the Campus Bookstore may have less value than 50% of the new price. Textbooks with a new edition pending may be bought back at less than 50 percent of new price. Current market value will be paid on current editions not used or needed for the following semester on campus. A current Tech ID is required to sell books back. The bookstore does not guarantee the buy back of any textbook at any time.
Additional information concerning the University Bookstore may be obtained by visiting their web site at http://bookstore.atu.edu, by calling (479) 968-0255, by faxing (479) 964-0861, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
The University Testing Center provides services which assist in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students.
Testing services include providing registration information and materials and administering examinations such as the American College Test Assessment (ACT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (Praxis) and others. Test registration bulletins and preparatory materials are available online for many exams. Tests that will allow an individual to earn college credit by attaining the qualifying score established by Arkansas Tech University are also administered and include Advanced College Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), National League for Nursing (NLN) and Arkansas Tech examinations. Arkansas Tech University placement exams include the Residual ACT and the Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment & Support System (COMPASS). Tests that require payment must be paid in advance at Student Accounts located in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center.
The University Testing Center is located in Doc Bryan, Suite 171 and may be reached by calling 479-968-0302 or fax 479-968-0375. For additional information, students may visit http://www.atu.edu/testing.