Financial Aid for Teachers

Disclaimer:  The laws, rules, regulations, award amounts, amount of awardees, eligibility criteria, funding per program, etc., are subject to change at any point prior to, during, or after application through the YOUniversal application. These changes will be based on changes in law or funding provided by the Arkansas General Assembly. It is understood that ADHE is not at fault for any changes that occur to any financial aid program. In addition, awards for all ADHE programs are limited by the availability of funds.

State Teacher Education Program (STEP)

STEP is a loan repayment program that offers yearly loan repayment grants to current educators teaching in a subject or geographic shortage area in an Arkansas public school. Teachers must reapply each year and are eligible for up to three years.

  • June 1, 2021 - Priority deadline - all documentation must be postmarked by June 1, 2021
  • July 1, 2021 - Final deadline to apply
  • July 15, 2021 - All documentation must be postmarked by July 15, 2021
  • Requirements: Graduated after April 1, 2004; Teaching in a Geographic or Subject Shortage Area.
  • Documents Required: College Transcript with Graduation Date; Lender Payment Information.
  • Award Amount: Up to $4,000 per year paid directly to lender.

Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)

The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3000.

  • June 1, 2021 - Priority deadline - all documentation must be postmarked by June 1, 2021
  • July 1, 2021 - Final deadline to apply
  • July 15, 2021 - All documentation must be postmarked by July 15, 2021
  • Requirements: Employed as Classroom Teacher/Administrator in Arkansas; Maintain Current Teacher/Administrator Arkansas License
  • Documents Required: College Transcript; Itemized Statement, and Copy of Paid Receipt for Semester(s) you are Seeking Reimbursement 
  • Award Amount: Up to $3,000 per year. Funds are disbursed directly to the applicant.