Frequently Asked Scholarship Questions



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. 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.

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 and current high school transcript with a qualifying GPA and ACT/SAT exam score. The application for undergraduate admission and all supporting documentation must be on file by November 15 to receive priority scholarship consideration and February 15 for final scholarship consideration.

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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.

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

Traditional–aged students who have scored a minimum of 501 on the GED and have a qualifying exam score (ACT or SAT) may be considered for Freshmen Academic Scholarships.  Request for scholarship consideration should be made to the Office of Admissions via email at or by phone at 479-968-0343.
Report the scores to us! You can always report subsequent raised ACT or SAT scores to us prior to the February 15 deadline.  Applicants who are awarded during the priority scholarship round and raise their scholarship levels prior to the final scholarship deadline will be considered for an increase to the appropriate award levels prior to second round awards being made.  The national February ACT exam will be the last results accepted for scholarship consideration.
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.
Yes. If you are awarded a scholarship in December or February, you will be expected to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed from October 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.
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 priority deadline for our Foundation/Private awards is November 15, with a final deadline of February 15. Print the application now.
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.
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.

Yes. Academic scholarship recipients must live in a residence hall OR receive an exemption to the residency requirements from the Residence Life Office in accordance with established University policy. Recipients are responsible for making on-campus housing arrangements.

No. The University Honors application process is completely autonomous. If you have a minimum of a 27 ACT or equivalent SAT or are in the top 10% of your graduating class 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 noon on November 30, 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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Go to to determine the maximum award for current Tech Freshmen Academic Scholarships.  Students who received scholarship awards prior to fall 2017 should refer to their original scholarship offer letter or the Undergraduate Catalog for their award year at
For either the Tech scholarships or the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) awards, your enrollment is reported as of the 11th class day of each term. This date varies with each term, so be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office to determine what this date is before you change your schedule. Any additions after the 11th class day to meet the minimum required enrollment will not be considered.
Refund dates and other important dates are posted on the Student Accounts website at

Ask yourself the following questions. Have you:

  • Been officially admitted to Arkansas Tech University's Russellville campus?
  • Registered for the correct number of hours? (15 hours for all Tech academic scholarships)
  • Filled out your FAFSA at
  • Signed up for on-campus housing, if required?
  • Turned in all required documents to Financial Aid prior to the deadline (August 1 for Continuing Scholarships and December 1 for Freshmen Scholarships)?

Ask yourself the following questions. Did you:

  • Meet the renewal requirements for the scholarship? Refer to your original scholarship award letter or the Undergraduate Catalog for your award year at for Tech scholarships.
  • COMPLETE your FAFSA and all required paperwork prior to the deadline (August 1 for Continuing Scholarships and December 1 for Freshmen Scholarships)?
  • Register for the correct number of hours? (15 hours for all Tech academic scholarships)

Refer to your original scholarship award letter, the Admissions web site at, or the Undergraduate Catalog at for specific details on your Tech scholarship award. In general, students are expected to:

  • As an incoming freshman, you must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours and complete 12 hours during your first semester to remain on track for scholarship renewal at the end of the academic year. Students who do not meet first semester renewal requirements will retain the scholarship awards but receive notification from the Financial Aid Office they are at risk of losing their awards.  Students must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 27 hours for the freshman year (fall/spring) with a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year.  Transfer hours, AP, IB, or CLEP credits do not count toward renewal. .  Renewal for subsequent semesters requires enrollment in 15 hours each semester and completion of 30 hours each year (fall/spring) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
  • Earn the required minimum GPA. Scholarship recipients must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year (fall/spring).
  • Scholarship students who received their academic scholarship awards in the spring term, but fail to maintain the required number of hours (27 hours for freshmen/30 hours for upperclassmen) with a 3.00 cumulative GPA, may take summer courses to make up deficiencies.  Summer courses may be used to meet either the hour or cumulative GPA requirement for continued renewal. Summer courses taken to reinstate awards must be through Arkansas Tech University and are at the student’s expense.
  • Honor the Arkansas Tech University Code of Conduct.

Under extreme circumstances, such as severe illness or a death in the immediate family, scholarship appeals are considered. Please send a detailed letter including supporting documentation, if appropriate, to the attention of Alisa Waniewski, Associate Director for  Academic Scholarships, Office of Admissions, Brown Hall, Suite 104, 105 West O Street, Russellville, AR 72801. Decision notification from the scholarship appeals committee will be sent to your mailing address as recorded in our student information system.