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MoneyApplying For Free Financial Aid

UACCM offers students a wide variety of financial aid options. Students may apply for free financial aid by completing the steps listed below. Remember: Apply early–applying for financial aid is free!

Step 1

Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov

Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone. Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place. You will need your PIN to access your federal Student Aid records online in order to view or make changes to your records.

Step 2

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Be sure to add UACCM's school code 005245
Note: Applying for financial aid is a process. Completing the FAFSA is only the beginning.

Step 3

Complete the Admissions process

Note: You must be fully admitted before financial aid will be awarded.

Step 4

Submit all required supporting documents requested by the UACCM Financial Aid Office.

You should receive a letter from the UACCM Financial Aid Office requesting any supporting documents needed within 3 weeks of the date you submit your FAFSA. Please note that the Financial Aid Office cannot begin processing applications for a new award year until March of each year. For example, the 2012-2013 applications cannot be processed before March 2012.

Examples of supporting documents that MAY be requested:

  • UACCM Admissions Requirements (Call 501-977-2053 to check your status.)
  • Student data form
  • Verification worksheet
  • IRS tax return transcript
  • W2s
  • Evidence of child support
  • Parent(s) IRS tax return transcript (if dependent student)
  • Parent(s) W2s (if dependent student)

Step 5

If supporting documents do not match the information submitted on the FAFSA, it will delay completing your PELL grant award and Any Loans. The Financial Aid Office will send you notification through the mail. Additional documentation may be required.

Step 6

Priority deadline for completing this process in order to ensure your aid is available by the payment deadline:

  • Summer – May 1
  • Fall – July 1
  • Spring – November 1

Policies are in place to provide consistent decisions for student applications concerning special circumstances which may or may not affect the student's eligibility for federal or state financial aid.

Examples of special circumstances are as follows:

  • Unusual medical and dental expenses (expenses which exceed 7.5% of Adjusted Gross Income)
  • Support of extended family
  • Private elementary and secondary school costs; child care and dependent care costs
  • Unusual debts
  • Income reduction or non-recurring income
  • Divorce or death of parent
  • Dependency status

NOTE: Documentation must be provided in all cases to be reviewed.

All cases will be reviewed by a financial aid counselor. To determine eligibility for special circumstances, contact your Financial Aid Director.

Go After Free Money First

Take advantage of scholarships, grants, and other programs which offer money that doesn't need to be paid back. Both federal and state governments have scholarships and grants, so it's recommended that you begin by applying for those.

Federal

Includes Up to $5,645 in Pell Grant Funds Per Year (2013-2014)

Apply by completing the form at the link below:

State

Includes all ADHE Grants and Scholarships (Including the Arkansas Lottery Scholarship)

Apply by completing the form from Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) at the link below:

UACCM

Includes over a dozen different academic and technical oriented scholarships

Apply by completing one or more of the forms at the links below:

Financial Aid Links

UACCM Financial Links