Frequently Asked Scholarship Questions

Should I wait until I raise my ACT score to apply? After all, the deadline isn’t until February 28th!

No. Do not wait to apply. If you already meet the minimum requirement for an Arkansas Tech University Freshmen Academic Scholarship and wish to be considered, apply now and not later. The date your application is received will not affect whether or not you are selected for an award. Waiting is bad practice, since last minute applications are sometimes incomplete.  Consider what would happen if you have an unexpected snow day and your transcript can’t be sent. There will be no acceptable excuse for an incomplete file since the student will have had almost their entire senior year to complete it.

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How do I apply for a Freshmen Academic Scholarship?

The application for undergraduate admission serves as the scholarship application.  There is not a separate scholarship application to complete; however, an early admission status is required.  An early admission file includes an application for undergraduate admission, current high school transcript with a qualifying GPA and ACT/SAT exam score, and immunization records documenting two MMR vaccinations.  The application for undergraduate admission and all supporting documentation must be on file by February 28 to receive scholarship consideration.

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How will I know when my scholarship file is complete?

You will receive both a letter in snail mail and an email correspondence once your scholarship file is complete. Scholarship updates are sent periodically to your personal email listed on your application for admission.

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Does ATU use superscores?

Superscores or recalculated ACT scores using subset scores from multiple exams will not be accepted.

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I am traditional-aged, but opted to take the GED. Am I still eligible for a Freshmen Academic Scholarship?

Traditional–aged students who have scored a minimum of 680 on the GED and have a qualifying exam score (ACT or SAT) will be considered for freshmen academic scholarships.

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What if I complete my file and then raise my ACT composite?

Report the scores to us! You can always report subsequent raised ACT or SAT scores to us prior to the February 28 deadline.  The national February ACT exam will be the last results accepted for scholarship consideration.

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What if I complete my file and then raise my class rank or GPA?

Ask your counselor to resend your transcript that documents the increase in rank or GPA, or fax an additional copy to us at (479) 964-0522. Each transcript received will be audited for increases once a student has applied for admission.

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Do I have to apply for federal aid?

Yes. If you are awarded a scholarship in March, you will be expected to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed from January of your graduation year through spring. Remember that in order to receive state-funded scholarships like the Arkansas Academic Challenge/Lottery Scholarship, you will have to complete the FAFSA anyway. To be considered for lottery-funded awards, you should complete the universal application for Arkansas state scholarship programs. The current posted deadline for high school seniors is June 1.

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Are there other sources of university assistance if I do not qualify for a Freshmen Academic Scholarship?

Yes. You may also apply for Foundation/Private scholarship awards too! All universities have alumni or donors who specify scholarship funds for certain majors or students from certain geographical areas. The deadline for our Foundation/Private awards is February 28. Print the application now.

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My parents are alumni. Do you have a special award program for me?

Actually, our current awards system for our Freshmen Academic Scholarships will take into account if you report family who are alumni, but we also have a specific alumni scholarship award that is separate. To read more, visit our Alumni website.

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I am from out-of-state. In all that is listed, what applies to me?

Students who live in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas are considered in-state for tuition purposes and will be considered for Freshmen Academic Scholarships. A limited number of out-of-state scholarship awards are made to students who live outside of Arkansas and its contiguous states. Out-of-state students are also eligible for Foundation/Private and Alumni Scholarship awards.

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If I receive a scholarship, do I have to live in campus housing?

Yes. Academic 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.

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If I applied for the regular Freshmen Academic Scholarship will the University Honors Program automatically have my information?

No. The University Honors application process is completely autonomous. If you have a minimum of a 28 ACT or equivalent SAT and have a 3.50 minimum high school GPA, you should investigate the benefits of being selected into Honors. The University Honors application deadline is December 1, allowing those who are not selected and have also applied for the Freshmen Academic Scholarships the opportunity to be considered for the academic scholarship awards.

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