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. 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 a qualifying exam score (ACT or SAT) may be considered for Freshmen Academic Scholarships.  However, the GED score must be the equivalent to the required GPA requirement.  Request for scholarship consideration should be made to the Office of Admissions via email at scholarships@atu.edu 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. 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.
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.

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 1.

Find out more information at www.atu.edu/honors.

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 2021 should refer to their original scholarship offer letter or the Undergraduate Catalog for their award year at https://www.atu.edu/catalog/.
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 your schedule.
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.
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. 
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 https://www.atu.edu/stuaccts.

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 www.fafsa.ed.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)?

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)
Information about renewal requirements can be found on the Renewal Requirements webpage or in the Academic Catalog for the year of your enrollment.
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 scholarships@atu.edu. 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 Committee. 
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 scholarships@atu.edu. 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 Committee. 
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 scholarships@atu.edu 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. 
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.