Should I wait until I raise my GPA to apply?
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.
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.
How do I apply for a freshman 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 and current high school transcript with a qualifying GPA. The application
for undergraduate admission and all supporting documentation must be on file by November
15 to receive early scholarship consideration and February 15 for final scholarship
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.
I am traditional-aged, but opted to take the GED. Am I still eligible for a Freshman
Traditional–aged students who have a GED score with the equivalent to the GPA requirement
may be considered for Freshmen Academic Scholarships. Request for scholarship consideration
should be made to the Office of Admissions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 479-968-0343.
What if I complete my file and then raise my GPA?
Send us a transcript with your new GPA! Raised scholarship awards will be made as
funds are available. (You must accept your original scholarship offer before a raised
award can be considered.)
Are there other sources of university assistance if I do not qualify for a Freshman
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. Apply now
My parents are alumni. Do ou 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
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.
If I applied for the regular Freshman Academic Scholarship will the University Honors
Program automatically have m information?
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 December 15.
Find out more information at www.atu.edu/honors.
How much is my scholarship?
Go to https://www.atu.edu/scholarships
to determine the maximum award for current Tech Freshmen Academic Scholarships.
Students who received scholarship awards prior to fall 2022 should refer to their
original scholarship offer letter or the Undergraduate Catalog for their award year
Do I have to be enrolled in 15 hours for my scholarship to credit to my account?
Yes, you must be enrolled in 15 hours every semester for your scholarship to credit
to your account. If you are not enrolled in 15 hours, the scholarship will not credit
to your account and will be canceled for future terms. 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
Do I have to live on campus for my scholarship to credit to my account?
No, you do not have to live on campus for your scholarship to credit to your account.
However, if you do not live on campus, you must have an exemption to the housing policy
posted to your account. Review ATU’s housing policy.
Do I have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for m scholarship
credit to my account?
Yes, you must have a FAFSA, as well as all supporting documentation requested by the
Financial Aid Office, on file for your scholarship to credit to your account. Additional
information about the FAFSA can be found online.
What is the last day to update my schedule for the hours to qualify for my scholarship's
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.
When will I get my refund?
Refund dates and other important dates are posted on the Student Accounts website
Why has my scholarship not credited to my account?
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 https://studentaid.gov?
- 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)?
Why did my scholarship credit for the fall term, but not the spring term?
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 https://www.atu.edu/catalog/ 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)
Where can I find information about the renewal requirements for my scholarship?
Information about renewal requirements can be found on the Renewal Requirements webpage or in the Academic Catalog for the year of your enrollment.
If I don't meet the renewal requirements, is there an way to get my scholarship back?
Yes, you can attempt to earn your scholarship back using the Summer Earn Back Program.
What if I have to withdraw from my classes? Is there any way to keep my scholarship?
Students who lose their scholarships due to extreme extenuating circumstances can
request a reinstatement. For consideration, students must send a letter or email that
details the reasons for the loss of the scholarship and include any supporting documentation
that is available. Emails should be sent to email@example.com. Letters should be sent to Alisa Waniewski, ATU Office of Admissions, Brown Hall,
Suite 104, Russellville AR 72801. Appeal decisions are made by the Scholarship Appeals
What if I'm in the military and have to miss a semester due to training? Is there
any wa to defer my scholarship?
Students who must miss a semester/year because of military training can request a
deferment. For consideration, students must send a letter or email requesting the
deferment and include a copy of their orders or official reservation form. Emails
should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters should be sent to Alisa Waniewski, ATU Office of Admissions, Brown Hall,
Suite 104, Russellville AR 72801. Deferments must be approved by the Scholarship Appeals
How do I appeal for a scholarship reinstatement or deferment?
Requests for scholarship reinstatements/deferments are considered by the Scholarship
Appeals Committee. Students who wish to appeal for a reinstatement or deferment should
put their request in writing and sent it via email to email@example.com or by mail to Alisa Waniewski, ATU Office of Admissions, Brown Hall, Suite 104, Russellville
AR 72801. Any supporting documentation that is available should be included. Appeal
decisions are made by the Scholarship Appeals Committee.
Do I have to enroll in 15 hours during my last semester of scholarship eligibilit?
No, you don’t have to enroll in 15 hours during your last semester of scholarship
eligibility. However, if you enroll in less than 12 hours, your scholarship award
will be prorated based on the number of hours in which you are enrolled. The Financial
Aid Office should be notified if you plan to enrolled in less than 15 hours during
your final semester of scholarship eligibility.