Financial Aid


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 before taking out loans.

    • Federal

      Includes up to $7,395 in Pell Grant funds per year. Ask the Financial Aid Office about Pell for summer terms.

      Apply by completing the form at the link below:

      If you are interested in earning while learning, check out the Federal Work Study program.

      Suggested FAFSA® Deadlines:

      • June 1 — To begin receiving aid in Fall
      • November 1 — To begin receiving aid in Spring
      • April 1 — To begin receiving aid in Summer


      Includes all ADHE grants and scholarships, including the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship (lottery) and Arkansas Future Scholarship.

      Apply using SAMS from the Arkansas Division of Higher Education's (ADHE) at the link below:

      Deadlines for State Aid:

      • July 1 — Deadline to apply for most state scholarships and grants to begin receiving aid in Fall
      • January 10 — Deadline to apply for AR Future Grant to begin receiving aid in Spring


      Includes over a dozen different academic-and technical-oriented scholarships

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

      Deadlines for UACCM Aid:

      • April 1 — Deadline to apply for most scholarships to begin receiving aid in Fall
      • November 1 — Deadline to apply for most scholarships to begin receiving aid in Spring
    • Step 1

      Apply for federal aid.
      (i.e., Pell grant, loans, and work study. Also required for most state scholarships or grants)

      Create an Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and password and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records. You will need your FSA ID to access your federal student aid records online in order to view or make changes to your records. Dependent students will also be required to have a parent create their own FSA ID and password.

      While completing the FAFSA®, be sure to add UACCM's code 005245.

      Students must reapply for the next academic year (fall to summer) prior to that fall semester.

      Step 2

      Complete the admission process.

      Admission Requirements

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

      Step 3

      Check for and submit required paperwork.

      Watch for emails from the Financial Aid Office to the address listed on FAFSA requesting documentation or login to CampusConnect > Acct Info > Review Financial Aid approximately a week after you submit the FAFSA® to see what related paperwork must be submitted.

      Examples of supporting documents that may be requested:

      • UACCM Admissions Requirements (Call 501-977-2053 to check your status.)
      • Verification worksheet
      • IRS tax return transcript
      • W-2s
      • Evidence of child support
      • Parent(s) IRS tax return transcript (if dependent student)
      • Parent(s) W-2s (if dependent student)

      If supporting documents do not match the information submitted on the FAFSA®, it will delay completing your Pell grant award and any loans. Additional documentation may then be required.

      Step 4

      Apply for state aid.

      Student Application Management Systems (SAMS)

      Use SAMS from the Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE) to apply for state-funded and lottery-funded financial aid programs.

      Some programs have an earlier deadline, and the Workforce Challenge Scholarship deadline is 30 days prior to the class start date. Visit for specific program deadlines and descriptions.

      Step 5

      Receive financial aid award email.

      Email will be sent to the address listed on the FAFSA.

      Step 6

      Pay any tuition and fees not covered by your aid by the tuition deadline.

Normal processing time to award aid is approximately two weeks after a student submits FAFSA® results and all required supporting documentation, such as tax transcripts, to the UACCM Financial Aid Office. During times when a high volume of FAFSA® results are received (July –September), it will most likely require more than two weeks to award aid. Students’ aid must be awarded at least one business day prior to charging in the UACCM Bookstore.

Priority Financial Aid Process Completion Deadlines

Applying for financial aid should be completed by the dates below in order to ensure your aid is available by the payment deadline:

  • July 1 — To begin receiving aid in Fall
  • November 12 — To begin receiving aid in Spring
  • May 1 — To begin receiving aid in Summer

Students must reapply for the next academic year (fall to summer) prior to that fall semester.

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Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative

Arkansas Career Pathways is a grant-funded program that allows UACCM to offer qualifying individuals free career training and assistance in earning a technical degree.  Career Pathways may be able to help you overcome the barriers that have kept you from getting the training and education you need to succeed in today's world.

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.