Grants

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) - is a grant that was created as part of the Higher Reconciliation Act (HERA) of 2005. This is a federally-funded grant intended for recent high school graduates who completed a rigorous course of study and are Pell eligible. To apply for the Academic Competitiveness Grant, a student will need to fill out a FAFSA and certify that he or she has completed the required high school curriculum. For complete program details, please see your Financial Aid Officer or logon to http://studentaid.ed.gov.

ARK-LSAMP Grant - administered through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This grant is for minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas. The program consists of a summer academy, mentoring, and research internships for students. The Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ARKLSAMP) is a collaborative alliance of eight Arkansas institutions, with the goal of increasing the pool of graduates in STEM Disciplines. For more information, contact the Office of College Affairs.

Arkansas Higher Education Opportunity Grant (GO! Grant) - authorized by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. This grant is awarded based on financial need. Eligibility is based on the family’s adjusted gross income as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The grant is available to recent Arkansas high school graduates or GED recipients who are accepted to a college or university in Arkansas. The application deadline is June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Applications are available from the Arkansas Department of Education at http://heog.adhe.edu/ or by phoning 1-800-54-STUDY.

Arkansas Workforce Improvement Grant (WIG) - authorized by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and administered by the College. Limited funds are available to students that are at least 24 years of age on the first day of the semester, have completed the FAFSA on or before July 15, are enrolled in at least 3 hours, are legal residents of Arkansas and are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by the College. A student may receive the grant a maximum of eight semesters.

Federal Pell Grant - This is the foundation of federal financial aid and is considered first before all other sources of aid. Financial eligibility is determined each year using the information submitted on the FAFSA. Academic eligibility is determined using transcripts of previous postsecondary coursework. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Programs less than one year in length are not eligible programs under the Federal Pell Grant program.

FSEOG is the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant - The funds are awarded on a first-come, firstserved basis and are awarded along with the Pell Grant. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible to receive FSEOG. A student who has earned a bachelor’s or first professional degree is not eligible to receive FSEOG to pursue an additional undergraduate degree. The priority deadline for this grant is June 1 - as funds are available.