Funding Your Degree


An Arkansas Tech University graduate degree is an investment in your professional potential. There are university resources available to help with the costs of obtaining a graduate degree. Consult Student Accounts for Tuition and Fee information.



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Students from states that border Arkansas (Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Texas) that have lived in that bordering state for at least 6 consecutive months, are classified as in-state students.


Graduate students enrolled in certain S.T.E.M programs can apply for a waiver for out of state tuition. 

Military/Veteran/Dependent Waiver

Regardless of residence, Arkansas Tech University shall classify a veteran, member of the armed forces, dependent of a veteran, or spouse of a member of the armed forces as in-state or resident for the purpose of tuition and fees applicable for all programs of study, including distance learning programs.


The ATU Graduate College offers a $500 tuition waiver to qualifying new graduate students on a limited basis.


Graduate students in good academic standing can apply for Assistantships that occur in departments and offices across the campus. These assistantships cover tuition up to a certain number of hours per semester and year, and also include a stipend that varies depending on the assistantship type and department.

For timely consideration for a GA position, students should complete the online application process for a graduate program no later than March 1 for Fall positions and October 1 for Spring.


Arkansas Tech University awards up to three Student Interdisciplinary Research Grants to enhance efforts among departments and students for professional growth and development. Grants will be awarded for an amount up to $10,000.00 per proposal. These grants support faculty and student initiatives across all disciplines. The deadline to apply is October 2.


All full-time graduate students are eligible to apply for a maximum award of 1000.00 to fund research and/or professional development opportunities.


The Financial Aid Department's page contains useful information on funding your college degree and various resources.


Scholarships available from multiple entities can be viewed via the Online MBA Review website.


The Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers the Teacher Opportunity Program as a way of helping teachers and administrators pursue further education. Teachers and administrators with a current teacher or administrator license can apply for reimbursement of out of pocket expenses in pursuing further college education covering up to six college credit hours with up to $3000. Rules and limitations can be found at the above link.


The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries offers a scholarship to aid graduate students pursuing a degree in a field with the aim of helping to fulfill the needs of children and youth. Graduate students pursuing a field such as Counseling, Psychology, Special Education and others are eligible to apply if they are a permanent resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, or Tennessee. More information can be found on their website.


ATU Graduate Scholarships


Inquire or submit application packet to:

Development Office
Christi Brown
1509 N Boulder Avenue, ADM 209
Russellville, AR  72801
(479) 968-0400
Online Application


Jimmie Hartman Hoover Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was created for the purpose of assisting graduate students at Arkansas Tech University and will be awarded each year that funds are sufficient. The applicant must be a full-time graduate student who is enrolled in 6 semester credit hours in the Instructional Technology degree program and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in library science. In addition, financial need may be considered.

Neal and Melissa Jenkins Graduate History Scholarship

Through a gift by Dr. Ellen J. Jenkins, the above named scholarship in memory of Neal and Melissa Jenkins has been established to provide scholarships for students accepted to the Arkansas Tech University Graduate Program. The recipient must be a graduate student in History, be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in History, academic achievement and need will be a consideration in selecting the recipient. Submit two letters of recommendation and an applicant letter detailing need and career goals. Preference will be given to a first year graduate student. The scholarship will be awarded each year that funds are sufficient and may be renewed for the succeeding spring semester provided the recipient completed the six-hour course load in the fall semester with a 3.0 grade point average and enrolls in six credit hours of graduate History courses in the spring semester. In the event a qualified first-year student has not applied, a third-semester or higher applicant may be selected on a one-semester basis for the fall or spring. Recipients are not eligible to re-apply in subsequent semesters or years.

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 Students Scholarship

The Rexann Oller International Students Scholarship will be awarded each year to an international 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 International 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. Please contact the office of ATU International Student Services and the Dean of Graduate Studies or full application requirements.

Arkansas Fly Fishers Club Scholarship

This scholarship, was established to provide scholarships for Arkansas Tech University students majoring in fisheries and wildlife science.  Scholarships will be awarded each year that funds are sufficient to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student who is majoring in fisheries and wildlife science, maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, demonstrates financial need, and is an Arkansas resident or resident of a state bordering Arkansas.  Applicants must submit a short essay stating why he/she needs the scholarship and setting out career goals.  Preference will be given to graduate students.  This scholarship shall be awarded for one semester and is renewable for the subsequent semester as long as the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

John Rollow Memorial

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 higher.


This scholarship will be awarded as funds are sufficient to a College Student Personnel major who has demonstrated financial need. Each scholarship will be awarded in the fall for one semester and is not renewable for subsequent semesters.


External Scholarships and grant opportunities 

Scholarships Supporting Diversity

McNair Scholars Program

Sallie Mae Graduate Scholarship Search

This search has more than 850,000 scholarships for graduate students totaling up to $1 billion dollars.

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Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

TEACH Grant 

AAUW Career Development Grant