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Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture)

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General Information

Important Note: The following information is intended as a general overview of the program for those who are applying, or who are considering applying, for the scholarship and is not intended to be a comprehensive compilation of program requirements. For complete information, please refer to the program’s rules and regulations.

Arkansas Future (ArFuture) is the newest state grant program. The purpose of this grant is to increase the education and skills of Arkansas’s workforce in an affordable manner. The grant applies to students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) or regional high-demand areas of study. The grant will cover tuition and fees for qualifying certificate and Associate degree programs at Arkansas’ public institutions for eligible students. The grant is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Qualifying Degree Programs

You can also visit Explore Arkansas Careers to view eligible programs!

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must:

  • Have either graduated from an Arkansas public school, private school, home school or received high school equivalency diploma approved by the Department of Career Education; OR verify that he or she has resided within the state for the three (3) years immediately preceding application and has either:
    • Graduated from an out-of-state high school, private school, home school, or received a high school equivalency diploma approved by another state
  • Be enrolled part-time or full-time at an approved institution of higher education in a program of study that leads to an associate degree or a certification in a STEM or regional high-demand field
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

A student may continue to be eligible until the student has:

  • Received an associate degree;
  • Received funding from the ArFuture Grant for five (5) semesters;
  • Failed to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as determined by their institution of higher education; or
  • Failed to complete mentoring or community service requirements

Application Deadline

The application deadline is July 1 for the fall semester and has been extended to January 14 for the spring semester.  

Amount of Grant:

An Arkansas Future Grant shall be in an amount equal to the tuition, fees, and other charges incurred by an eligible student less the amount received from state-supported scholarships, federal student financial assistance, and private scholarships.

If the approved institution of higher education in which the student is enrolled is a four-year institution of higher education, the total amount of tuition, fees, and other charges shall be calculated as the average cost of tuition, fees, and other charges at approved two-year institutions of higher education.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis in the order in which applications are received from eligible students.

Grant funds will be distributed directly to the institution of higher education on behalf of the student. 

Grant Recipient Requirements:

A student who receives an Arkansas Future Grant shall enter into a written agreement with the Arkansas Division of Higher Education to:

  • Receive monthly mentoring from a mentor from an organization determined by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education; and
  • Complete at least ten (10) hours of community service each semester the student receives a grant; and
  • Reside in this state for three (3) consecutive years and be employed beginning within six (6) months after receiving an associate degree or a certification.

If the student fails to meet this requirement, the grant will convert into a loan at an interest rate and term determined by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education. 

Important Note: For students receiving AR Future funds for Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022, the Mentorship and Community Service requirements have been waived for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Important Note: The Arkansas Division of Higher Education will delay the work requirement if education beyond an Associate Degree is pursued.  The work requirement need not be full-time nor in the field of study to qualify. 

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.