The Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Maria Markham has announced the reopening of the ArFuture Grant Program.
“Some students may have missed the deadline last summer for ArFuture,” said Markham. “Not
all students begin college in August,” she added. “And we want to give every student an
opportunity to receive a college education regardless of when they start.”
Arkansas Future (ArFuture) was created through legislation in the 2017 general session. This
program was created to promote higher education, increase the skills and education of Arkansas’
workforce and attract students into high-demand, high-wage occupations. The scholarship will
cover tuition and fees for qualifying Associate and Certificate programs at public higher
educational institutions for eligible students.
Previously, the grant was open until June 15, 2017 for both August 2017 and January 2018
enrollment. This special application period is currently open and applications will be considered
until January 5. The consideration is for the Spring 2018 semester.
The grant is open to every person who has graduated from an Arkansas high school, Arkansas
homeschool or GED program, or anyone who has a high school diploma and has lived in
Arkansas for the last three years. Students must also enroll in a high demand or STEM program
and not have already earned an associate degree. The student must also complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid and apply on ADHE’s YOUniversal scholarship portal.
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Students who have already submitted an application for Fall 2018, will be contacted and will not be
required to submit an additional application. Students who have already been awarded for the Fall 2017
do not have to reapply.