Student Services Operations
While academic achievement leading to graduation is the reason for attending Arkansas Tech University, the experiences that students have outside the classroom prove to have a lifelong impact. Experiences offered through Campus Life enhance maturity, leadership, time management, friendships, career development, and civic engagement along with many other essential life skills.
Campus Life offers programs and services in the following areas: campus recreation, co-curricular experience, facilities, Greek life, leadership programs, new student orientation, outdoor recreation, registered student organizations, service initiatives, spirit squads, and student activities.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/campuslife
Campus Recreation provides participation in a variety of sport, fitness and recreation events that stimulate student learning and personal development while enhancing the quality of life for Arkansas Tech University students. Campus Recreation achieves this mission by providing opportunities for a diversified population to recreate, exercise and socialize through a variety of programs within intramural sports, fitness, outdoor recreation and various special events.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/campusrecreation
Co-Curricular Experience (On Track)
On Track is a co-curricular experience designed to enhance student development beyond the classroom setting, encourage students to network socially among peers and to include students in traditional and signature University events. Each semester, a map of events and activities will be available to students categorized by interest.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/ontrack
By emphasizing academic excellence, active participation in community service and philanthropic activities, ongoing leadership development, and social excellence, the Office of Greek Life helps promote fraternities and sororities as an integral and productive part of the Arkansas Tech community. The Office of Greek Life provides guidance and support for governing councils (Interfraternity Council and College Panhellenic Council), Greek organizations, and the Order of Omega Honor Society.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/greeks
- LEAD Academy - The LEAD Academy is designed to prepare students to take on leadership roles by identifying individual strengths and examining how to approach leadership. Throughout this three phase program, students will apply leadership techniques to enhance their experiences within the campus and community.
- Freshmen Leadership Retreat - The Freshmen Leadership Retreat is an overnight retreat that allows freshmen to make connections with other Tech students interested in becoming leaders and helps incoming students identify how they can begin making their mark at Tech. Students will participate in low and high ropes activities while learning how to make the most of the college experience.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/leadership-programs
New Student Orientation
Go Bold New Student Orientation is a mandatory two-day program held before classes begin. Orientation is designed to help incoming freshman transition into college and outlines the University’s academic, social and developmental opportunities. The program includes information about resources available on campus and also provides an opportunity for new students to meet their Bridge to Excellence mentor.
GO BOLD Adventure Camp provides incoming freshman with a unique experience leading to a sense of belonging, connection, and excitement about becoming a Tech student. This extended orientation program provides freshmen with the opportunity to start building friendships and transition to life as a college student, while strengthening their bond to Arkansas Tech University through the introduction of campus culture and traditions.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/orientation
Outdoor Recreation exists to provide students an outlet to develop their physical and emotional health in the outdoors. Through being active, students will gain a mutual respect for themselves, one another and the environment. To better experience the natural beauty that Arkansas has to offer, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing and other outdoor recreational trips are offered each semester. In addition to free trips, the outdoor recreation department also provides outdoor gear check-outs for mountain bikes, hammocks, tents, canoes and kayaks. Outdoor Recreation brings students from all backgrounds together to play in natural team settings, further promoting the global community at Arkansas Tech University.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/outdoorrecreation
Registered Student Organizations
Arkansas Tech has over one hundred Registered Student Organizations. These organizations are run by students who produce their own programming and initiatives to fulfill their individual purposes. This is an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real world experiences.
- Alternative Spring Break- Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to visit another community to give back during their Spring Break. Students not only volunteer with different community agencies but also have a chance to explore the city and be a "tourist".
- Volunteer Opportunities- Students are connected with service agencies throughout the community to aid in their services. Monthly service drives and action days are held throughout the year to help students engage with the Russellville community.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/service
The Tech Cheer squad is composed of up to sixteen members. The Golden Girls dance team is composed of up to fourteen members. The squads are selected each spring to serve for the following academic year. Tech Cheer participates in all home and selected away football, basketball, and volleyball games. The Golden Girls participate and perform at all home football and basketball games. Both squads participate in pep rallies throughout the year as well as campus and community related events.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/spirit
Fully engaging students in their college experience requires not only academic experiences but also a diverse offering of activities and programs to meet their social and personal needs. Student Activities meets these needs by providing various events throughout the year to include comedians, movies, carnivals, dances, educational speakers, spirit programs, and many more! There are numerous leadership opportunities available through the Student Activities Board.
For more information, please visit: www.atu.edu/sab
Counseling services provides counseling, consultation, and outreach to the Arkansas Tech University community. The counseling staff is committed to promoting the educational mission of the university by working with the campus community to establish and maintain healthy and effective behavior patterns and lifestyles that enhance learning and personal development. The range of services provided includes personal counseling for students in individual, couples, or group sessions. The staff provides consultations to students, parents, staff, faculty and administration. There is a small library of self-help books and videos, and a variety of informational brochures available. Presentations and outreach programming are scheduled throughout the year and are available upon request.
Services are provided Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm year round. Counseling Services is staffed by licensed counselors trained to provide professional counseling services. For additional information, please visit the Health and Wellness Center in Dean Hall 126 or call 479-968-0389.
The Department of Public Safety is located at 1508 North Boulder Avenue. To report a crime or request information, contact Public Safety at 479-968-0222. In an emergency, call 911. Public Safety maintains direct contact with the 911 Communications Center for all emergency services. It is the responsibility of Public Safety to investigate all reports of criminal activity and accidents that occur on University property. Visit Public Safety's website at www.atu.edu/psafe for more information and services offered.
The Office of Disability Services (DS) facilitates services and accommodations that enable students with disabilities to access the same opportunities as their peers with the greatest degree of independence possible. Students who require accommodations are encouraged to contact DS in order to assess the student’s needs and prepare a tailored plan of accommodation specifically addressing barriers to academics, activities, or access to facilities.
The Director of DS is responsible for interfacing with students seeking accommodations, obtaining disability related documents, certifying eligibility for services, determining reasonable accommodations, and developing an accommodation plan for students. Offices are located in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building, Suite 141. Students may schedule an appointment by calling (479) 968-0302, (479) 964-3290 (TTY), or by email at email@example.com.
Recognizing that optimum health is essential to effective learning, the university maintains health services available to all students. The Health and Wellness Center, located in Dean Hall Room 126 (entrance on north side of the building), provides confidential treatment of minor injuries and illnesses through a well-equipped facility and within the scope and practice of the registered nurse and certified nurse practitioners who staff the center full-time. The nurses make appropriate referrals to local health care providers when necessary.
The university assumes no financial responsibility for student care other than that provided by the Health and Wellness Center. Students are urged to carry their own health insurance.
In addition to clinical services, a wide range of health promotion and educational programs are provided in a variety of campus settings.
Patient Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Students are strongly encouraged to make appointments; however, available walk-in times are from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Health and Wellness Center staff can be contacted by phone at 479-968-0329, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.atu.edu/hwc.
The Office of Residence Life exists as a vital part of the educational program and academic support services of the University. The Office of Residence Life strives to provide a clean, well-maintained, and safe living environment that is conducive to study and will foster a meaningful growth experience. Activities and programs presented within the residence halls are designed to develop a community which encourages educational opportunities while promoting maturity, responsibility, and above all, academic success.
Single students between the ages of 18 and 21, and with fewer than 60 earned credit hours of college work, who are University main campus (Russellville, Arkansas) students are required to live on campus, as space permits, in University owned housing facilities. These students are required to purchase a meal plan unless living in the University Commons Apartments or Vista Place. Exemptions to the On-Campus Residency Requirement include: students living with immediate family (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother) within 30 miles driving distance of the Russellville, Arkansas campus, married students, or students with dependent children. Students under the age of 18 between August 20, 2016 and January 1, 2017 must sign the Arkansas Tech University Waiver and Release of Liability for a Minor Living on Campus prior to being allowed to sign a housing contract and live in On-Campus housing. The Arkansas Tech University Waiver and Release of Liability for a Minor Living on Campus is available through the Office of Residence Life at https://www.atu.edu/reslife/. Students 17 or under on January 1, 2017 are not permitted to live in University owned housing facilities.
Students who are Arkansas Tech University Ozark campus (Ozark, Arkansas) students, who meet the aforementioned requirements, may live on-campus at the University main campus (Russellville, Arkansas). However, Arkansas Tech University Ozark campus (Ozark, Arkansas) students are not required to live on- campus.
Applications for University housing, housing contracts, room assignments, and questions concerning housing are managed by the Office of Residence Life. Students may begin the housing application process online at www.atu.edu/reslife. The Residence Life staff may be contacted by phone at 479-968-0376, or email at email@example.com.
Housing rules and regulations for all students contracted with the Office of Residence Life can be found in the Arkansas Tech University Student Handbook under the section “Guide to Residence Hall Living,” located online at https://issuu.com/arkansastechuniversity/docs/studenthandbook-2016. Students residing in any facilities maintained by the Office of Residence Life are responsible for understanding all policies contained in the guide. Questions should be directed to Aaron Hogan, Associate Dean for Residence Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residence Life Housing Facilities
Arkansas Tech University offers seventeen 17 living facilities for our students. Residence halls and apartments are air-conditioned and are constructed to accommodate two students per room (M Street, Stadium Suites, Nutt Hall, and Wilson Hall have some designed single rooms available). All residence halls and apartments are completely furnished. Amenities include cable television, internet access, and wireless internet available in each lobby. Laundry facilities are located in all residence halls and apartments. Laundry fees are included with student housing fees. Arkansas Tech University is a Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus; this includes all residence hall and apartment rooms.
To be eligible to be a Resident in a University residence hall, a person must carry a meal plan (for residents of Vista Place, and University Commons Apartments; a meal plan is optional) and be enrolled at the University campus in a minimum of (6) undergraduate semester hours each semester or a minimum of six (6) graduate hours each semester. The University reserves the right not to contract with persons who are currently violating or have previously violated the terms and conditions of a housing contract or other University rules or regulations, or who have a past due balance with the University.
To be eligible to be a Resident in the University Commons Apartments, a person must be enrolled at the University campus in a minimum of (6) undergraduate semester hours each semester or a minimum of six (6) graduate hours each semester. Initial preference for University Commons Apartment assignments will be given to those students who have earned a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of college work and have a minimum (2.5) cumulative grade point average. The University reserves the right not to contract with persons who are currently violating or have previously violated the terms and conditions of a housing contract or other University rules or regulations, or who have a past due balance with the University. The maximum number of persons occupying an apartment shall be no more than four (4) persons in a four-bedroom apartment, and no more than two (2) persons in a two-bedroom apartment. No other occupants are permitted.
To be eligible to be a Resident in Vista Place Apartments, a person must be enrolled at the University campus in a minimum of (6) undergraduate semester hours each semester or a minimum of six (6) graduate hours each semester. Initial preference for Vista Place Apartment assignments will be given to those students who have earned a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of college work and have a minimum (2.5) cumulative grade point average. The University reserves the right not to contract with persons who are currently violating or have previously violated the terms and conditions of a housing contract or other University rules or regulations, or who have a past due balance with the University. The maximum number of persons occupying an apartment shall be no more than four (4) persons in a four-bedroom apartment.
Photos and descriptions of the residence halls and apartments are available at https://www.atu.edu/reslife
University Testing Center
The University Testing Center provides services which assist in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students.
Testing services include providing registration information and materials and administering examinations such as the American College Test Assessment (ACT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (Praxis) and others. Test registration bulletins and preparatory materials are available online for many exams. Tests that will allow an individual to earn college credit by attaining the qualifying score established by Arkansas Tech University are also administered and include Advanced College Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), National League for Nursing (NLN) and Arkansas Tech examinations. Arkansas Tech University placement exams include the Residual ACT and the Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment & Support System (COMPASS). Tests that require payment must be paid in advance at Student Accounts located in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center.
The University Testing Center is located in Doc Bryan, Suite 141 and may be reached by calling 479-968-0302 or fax 479-968-0375. For additional information, students may visit https://www.atu.edu/testing.
Veteran's Benefits - Arkansas Tech University is approved by the State Approving Agency (SAA) as a school
whereby eligible veterans and veterans’ beneficiaries may use educational benefits
while working toward a degree. Eligible students should contact the Office of Veteran
Services to obtain information regarding school attendance under the following programs:
Title 38, Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill; Title 38, Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill
Active Duty; Title 38, Chapter 32, Veterans Educational Assistance Program; Title
38, Chapter 35, Survivors and Dependents Education; Title 10, Chapter 1606, Montgomery
GI Bill for Selective Reserves; and Title 10, Chapter 1607, Reserve Educational Assistance
All students must be working toward a degree and should follow the curriculum outline for their objectives, since only specific courses may be applied toward VA certification and graduation. Enrollment certification will not be sent to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs until the person applying for veteran’s benefits has been admitted to the University and prior credit evaluated. Students must request certification for each term to be certified and are responsible for notifying the certifying official of any changes in enrollment status or eligibility. Veterans may be given placement credit for prior military training by providing an official military transcript or DD-214.
All active duty military service persons and veterans eligible under the GI Bill as determined by the VA who are classified as "out-of-state" for tuition purposes shall receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition charges. Arkansas Tech University complies with Section 702 of the Veterans Choice Act. For additional information, please contact the Office of Veteran Services. See also "In-State Tuition for Military Personnel, Veterans and Dependents" in the Fees and Expenses section of this catalog.
The Office of Veteran Services is located in the Brown Building, Suite 346. Students may stop by the Office of Veteran Services or call (479) 968-0445 if they have questions or need assistance in applying for their benefits.
Service Member and Veteran Scholarships
Arkansas National Guard
Act 82 of 2005 provides a tuition and waiver assistance program for soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard. Members of the Arkansas National Guard should contact the Student Accounts Office for information.
Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (G-TIP)
The Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (G-TIP) provides up to $5,000 per year to Arkansas residents who are active members of the Arkansas Army/Air National Guard. Applications may be obtained from the unit commander or online at http://www.arguard.org/Education/ta.asp
Students who cease attendance at Arkansas Tech University without completing and receiving a grade in one or more courses due to military activation or deployment may receive compensation for the resulting monetary loss as provided by Act 85 of 2005. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for information.
Military Dependent’s Scholarship
The Military Dependent’s Scholarship Program provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board to full-time students at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansans who were killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled. All applicants must also apply for and show acceptance or denial of the Federal dependent's Educational Assistance Program. Application deadline is June 1.
Academic Services Operations
Facilities are available to support registered student organizations, campus departments, and students in achieving their objectives. This is accomplished by operating and maintaining rooms that are user friendly, flexible and comfortable for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Venues are offered for many different types of events such as meetings, lectures, conferences, banquets and dances. By combining a number of room options with various layouts in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Young Ballroom, or Baswell Techionery, each event will be specific and fit the needs of every individual.
For more information, please visit: www.reservations.atu.edu
International and Multicultural Student Services
The International and Multicultural Student Services Office provides support services designed to enrich the college experience for multicultural and international students. The office actively recruits multicultural and international students to increase the diversity of the Tech campus, provide the opportunity for cultural exchange, and aid in helping all Tech students develop an appreciation for cultural differences.
The office offers a wide range of services for international students, including orientation, immigration updates, cross-cultural programming, and other support services necessary to ease the transition of international students into the U.S. culture. American college students play a vital role in this process by volunteering to serve as mentors to new international students through the Global Connect program.
Several established student organizations receive support from the International and Multicultural Student Services Office, including the Chinese Student Association, the Hispanic Student Association, the Indian Student Association, the Japanese Student Association, the Saudi Student Association and International Student Organization. Working together, programs are developed and sponsored throughout the year to educate faculty, staff and students regarding international and multicultural heritage.
English Language Institute
The mission of the ATU English Language Institute (ELI) is to provide classes that assist non-native speakers of English in developing the English language skills necessary to successfully pursue academic work in a United States college or university. The ELI accomplishes the mission by delivering non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) academic reading, writing, speaking and note-taking instruction for English language deficient students. As part of the Department of English and World Languages, ELI welcomes students from diverse backgrounds whether international or U.S. resident. Additional information may be obtained by calling (479) 890-5025, faxing (479) 880-2039, or writing to the Coordinator of the English Language Institute, Tomlinson Hall, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas 72801, U.S.A.
Student Exchange Opportunity
Students who wish to improve their Japanese language skills and learn more about Japanese society may do so by studying for a semester or a year at Komazawa University (Tokyo), Nagasaki International University, or Osaka University of Commerce. Participation is contingent on the admission decision by the host university. Applicants must have good academic standing. Japanese language requirement varies by the host university. Students will be admitted in the first semester beginning in April, or in the fall term which begins in September. Costs include Arkansas Tech tuition and fees (students are exempt from the host university's tuition) as well as transportation and living expenses. More information may be obtained from the Office of International and Multicultural Student Services, Tomlinson Room 029, phone (479)-964-0832 or the College of Arts and Humanities, Witherspoon 240, phone (479)-968-0274.
All academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The priority deadline to apply for the Incentive, Academic, Academic Excellence, Deans, University, Presidential and Board of Trustees Scholarships is November 15 of the current award year; and the final deadline for consideration is February 15. The deadline to apply for University Honors is noon on the first weekday in December. The deadline to apply for Transfer Scholarships is June 1 for a fall term and December 15 for a spring term of the current award year. The amount of total funds received by each student will be contingent on the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Scholarship Stacking Policy, Arkansas Act 1180 of 1999.
All scholarship recipients must be admitted on the Russellville campus and be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours. Students may receive only one Tech-funded academic scholarship in any semester. Scholarship recipients must live in a residence hall or receive an exemption to the residency requirements from the Office of Residence Life in accordance with established university policy. Recipients are responsible for making on-campus housing arrangements. Students who live in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas are considered in-state for tuition purposes and are therefore eligible for academic scholarship awards. Original ACT or SAT reports should not be altered. Superscores or recalculated exam scores, using subset scores from multiple exams, will not be accepted. A traditional-aged high school student who opts to take the GED and scores a minimum of 680 may apply for academic scholarships. Students receiving scholarships must be U.S. citizens.
All scholarship recipients must be admitted to the university with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) on file before a scholarship will be credited to a student's account. All additional information requested by the Financial Aid Office must be submitted by December 1 in order to meet the aid application requirements for second semester renewal. For all subsequent semesters, the FAFSA and all requested documentation must be on file by August 1 each year.
Scholarships are awarded for consecutive fall and spring terms only and do not cover summer terms. Scholarships may be deferred for up to one year upon Institutional Scholarship Appeals Committee approval. A deferment must be requested in writing prior to the semester for the scholarship award.
Students who receive scholarship awards are responsible for knowing the renewal requirements printed on their award notification or online at https://www.atu.edu/scholarships/renewal.php. Receipt, continued receipt, or renewal of all academic scholarships is also contingent upon the student honoring the Arkansas Tech University Student Code of Conduct as well as local, state, and federal laws. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal.
Scholarship students are eligible for a one-time only grace semester. A grace semester is applied automatically through the Financial Aid Office. Students who qualify for a grace semester must be within .25 of the semester requirement while their cumulative GPA met the requirement. After a student’s grace semester is used, failure to meet the renewal requirements in any semester will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship for all subsequent semesters. Students who fail to meet renewal requirements are notified via their official student email. Incoming freshmen and transfer students with no prior Arkansas Tech coursework are not eligible for a grace semester during their first term of enrollment.
To remain in compliance with Act 323 of 2009, the university reserves the right to cancel or modify any scholarship funded by the institution at any time.
Academic Scholarship recipients receive a maximum award of $1,000 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 23 ACT composite and earn a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Academic Excellence Scholarship
Academic Excellence Scholarship recipients receive a maximum award of $2,000 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 24 ACT composite and earn a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Advanced Scholars Stipend
The Advanced Scholars Stipend is a $1,000 per semester award made in recognition of students who receive Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholar awards. All students who are awarded an Advanced Scholars Stipend must retain their university funded academic ACT scholarship award to remain eligible for the stipend. Students who fail to retain their academic award forfeit the Advanced Scholars Stipend. Students may not receive an Advanced Scholars Stipend and a University Honors Stipend.
Arkansas Academic All-Star Scholarship
Transfer students who are selected as Arkansas Academic All-Stars by their two-year institution are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The maximum award for this scholarship is $3,000 per semester. A student must enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA for renewal of up to five semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Priority consideration will be given to the first ten students who apply prior to June 1. Transfer scholarships must be used on the Russellville campus.
Board of Trustees Scholarship
Board of Trustees Scholarship recipients receive a maximum award of $5,000 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 30-36 ACT composite and earn a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Deans Scholarship recipients receive a maximum award of $3,000 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 25 ACT composite and earn a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Incentive Scholarship recipients receive a maximum award of $500 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 21-22 ACT composite and earn a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Phi Theta Kappa
Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and have completed a minimum of 12 transferable, for-credit hours with a minimum 3.50 college GPA are eligible to apply for a Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship. These scholarships are competitive and the maximum award is $3,000 a semester. A student must enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA for renewal of up to five semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Transfer scholarships must be used on the Russellville campus.
Presidential Scholarship recipients receive a maximum award of $4,500 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 28-29 ACT composite and earn a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
Presidential Honors Transfer Scholarship
This scholarship allows any Arkansas two-year college president/chancellor the opportunity to name one student each fall for a transfer scholarship with a maximum award of $3,000 per semester. A student must enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA for renewal of up to five semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Students must have completed 12 or more for-credit hours with a 3.00 cumulative GPA at their most recent accredited college or university. Interested students should check with their current two-year school’s Financial Aid Office or President’s/Chancellor’s office for further details. Transfer scholarships must be used on the Russellville campus.
Senior Service Fellowships
Fellowships within the various colleges of the university are open to a limited number of outstanding advanced students. These service fellowships are awarded at the discretion of college committees when the caliber of the applicant justifies such assistance. Candidates for the fellowship must have earned 90 semester hours of credit, have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all work, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours for the semester(s) for which the fellowship is granted. Any deviation or exception to this policy must be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs. Students who would like to be considered for a Senior Service Fellowship must make written application by April 1 to the appropriate dean.
Tech Transfer Scholarship
The award amount varies for this competitive scholarship. Students who have completed 12 or more transferable, for-credit hours at an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.25 transfer GPA should apply. Students who receive transfer scholarships are required to enroll in and complete 15 or more hours with a 3.25 semester GPA for renewal of up to five semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Transfer scholarships must be used on the Russellville campus.
ATU-Ozark campus students who have completed an ATU-Ozark campus Associate of Applied Science or Technical Certificate degree program with a minimum 3.25 cumulative college GPA are eligible to apply for a Transitions Scholarship to the ATU-Main Campus. Transitions Scholarships are competitively awarded and amounts vary. All Transitions Scholarships are renewable for five consecutive semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first, provided that the student maintains all scholarship requirements. Please contact the ATU-Ozark campus for a scholarship application.
University Scholarship recipients receive a maximum award of $4,000 per semester for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Incoming freshmen who score 26-27 ACT composite and earn a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours during the fall semester of the freshman year and complete a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 15 hours for the spring semester and complete a total of 30 hours for the freshman year with a 3.00 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the sophomore year. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. Renewal for subsequent semesters requires a 3.25 semester GPA on a minimum of 15 hours. This scholarship must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
University Honors Scholarship
University Honors participants receive University Honors Stipends of up to $3,000 per semester that are bundled with the participants' freshmen academic scholarships. These stipends pay for up to eight semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. An applicant must have a 3.50 cumulative high school GPA and either a 27-36 ACT composite or be ranked in the top 10% of his or her graduating class to receive consideration for an Honors Stipend. The University Honors application deadline is noon on the first weekday in December. Students who are chosen to interview will be notified in December and January. Invitations to join the University Honors Program will be sent by February 1 to selected interview candidates. All University Honors Scholarship recipients must participate in University Honors curriculum requirements, the sophomore service requirement, and all Honors functions. University Honors Scholarship recipients must complete a minimum of 15 hours per semester with a 3.25 semester GPA to be eligible for the scholarship for the following semester. Transfer, CLEP, AP, and IB credit cannot be used to qualify for scholarship renewal. For additional information on the University Honors Scholarship, contact Dr. Jan Jenkins, Director of Honors, at (479) 968-0456.
Arkansas Tech University Foundation Scholarships will be awarded if funds are sufficient. To be considered for an Arkansas Tech University Foundation scholarship where need is a determining factor, a Federal Financial Aid Application (www.fafsa.ed.gov/) must be on file in the Financial Aid Office. Federal and state regulations do not permit students to receive financial aid in excess of their cost of attendance. For complete details regarding scholarship stacking regulations, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Students who receive privately funded scholarships will be responsible for writing thank you notes. Expressing appreciation to donors for their interest in and support of higher education is an important part of receiving a scholarship.
The Arkansas Tech University Foundation reserves the right to amend scholarship requirements and criteria.
Applying for Foundation Scholarships
The student is responsible for submitting the Foundation Scholarship Application and all documentation listed in the scholarship criteria to the Office of Advancement. The application and all required documentation must be received by February 15 (i.e., applicant letter, reference letters, etc.). Only one application and documentation is required for multiple Foundation Scholarships.
Documentation must include a letter from the applicant explaining the need for the scholarship, special family circumstances, career goals, and three letters of recommendation from any of the following: Arkansas Tech faculty, High School Counselor, Principal, Pastor, Employer, or someone familiar with your work ethic and family situation.
The applicant will be considered for all scholarships through the Office of Advancement where all the criteria requirements have been fulfilled.
Submit Application Packet to:
Office of Advancement
1509 N. Boulder Avenue ADM 209
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
All applications and documentation must be received by February 28.
To view the Foundation Scholarships offered at Arkansas Tech University please go tohttps://www.atu.edu/scholarships/
The maximum number and maximum value of such scholarships will be determined by the constitution and by-laws of the NCAA Great American Conference. Applicants should contact the Arkansas Tech University Athletic Director at 479-968-0245.
Arkansas Community Foundation Scholarships - http://www.arcf.org/Scholarships/OurScholarships/tabid/426/Default.aspx
Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas.
Arkansas Education Association Scholarships - http://www.aeaonline.org/awards-scholarships:
Emma Scott - Scholarship for Future Teachers
The Emma Scott Memorial Scholarships were established in 1961 by the Arkansas Education Association to honor Emma Scott. Miss Scott was a former English teacher in Little Rock and AEA staff member who is credited with establishing Future Teachers of America programs in Arkansas.
TE Patterson - Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
This $500 scholarship is awarded yearly to five African-American college students in Arkansas. Each year this scholarship also honors the memory of a distinguished African-American educator. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1st. All applications must be completed with documents by the deadline. Otherwise the committee will not consider it.
Arkansas Health Information Management Association Scholarship
An annual scholarship fund has been established by the Arkansas Health Information Management Association. The scholarship is awarded each spring to a deserving health information management major in his/her junior or senior year. The recipient is determined by the Executive Board of the Arkansas Health Information Management Association. Interested students should contact the Health Information Management Program office in Dean Hall Suite 201 to obtain an application. Application deadline is January 31st.
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
Single parents who reside in counties other than those listed below may find information for their county at http://www.aspsf.org/
Logan County Single Parent Scholarship Fund
LCSPSF offers approximately $500 per semester (spring, fall, summer), which may be used to support the needs of the scholar - pay for gasoline, pay for babysitter, pay for food, clothing, utilities, rent etc. Half the scholarship is provided at the beginning of the semester and the remainder after submission of the mid-semester grades, which must be passing grades. Students can apply for the scholarships on-line. Contact: Christy McCollough, Scholarships, 479-675-4326 email: email@example.com . Mailing address: Jessica Philmon, First National bank, P.O. Box 31, Paris, AR 72855.
Pope-Yell County Single Parent Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded each semester to single parents who are residents of Pope or Yell counties. Recipients must have applied for federal financial aid and be eligible for a federal Pell Grant. Application deadline is July 15 for the fall semester and January 15 for the spring semester. Applications are available from Pope-Yell County Single Parent Scholarship Board, River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children, Inc. P.O. Box 2066, Russellville, Arkansas 72811.
J.D. Knight Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mrs. J.D. Knight in memory of her late husband, Mr. J.D. Knight, a former member of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. The recipient must be majoring in accounting, business, or economics and must have an interest in banking as a possible career. An application may be obtained from the Accounting Department in the College of Business.
Cora McHenry Scholarship for Teaching Excellence
Three partial tuition scholarships available to African-American students committed to teaching in the public school of Arkansas at either the early childhood/middle or secondary level. To be eligible, a student must be eligible for the teacher education program, be a member of SNEA or CMLA, be enrolled in a 15 credit hour course load, and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better. To apply a student should submit a letter of application, two letters of recommendation from school officials, a brief essay on why the applicant is interested in teaching, and including a record of activities in school, church, and the community to Dr. V. Carole Smith, College of Education, Arkansas Tech University. Application deadline is February 28.
R. Lewis Urton Senior Rehabilitation Scholarship
An annual grant provided by the Arkansas Rehabilitation Association to a senior major in rehabilitation science. Applications for the scholarship are received during the spring semester. Students interested in applying should contact the Director of the Rehabilitation Science program. Each applicant will be interviewed by a committee made up of members of the Arkansas Rehabilitation Association.
Arkansas Department of Higher Education Programs
The programs listed below are awarded and administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE). Further information may be obtained by writing to: Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 423 Main Street, Suite 400, Little Rock, AR 72201, or by calling (479) 371-2000 or at www.scholarships.adhe.edu. The application for all programs is available on-line.
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship Program
The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college. There are no income restrictions but students still must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1. The scholarship award amount will be determined annually in early Spring. The application deadline is June 1
Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (G-TIP)
The Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (G-TIP) provides up to $5,000 per year to Arkansas residents who are active members of the Arkansas Army/Air National Guard. Applications may be obtained from the unit commander or online at http://www.arguard.org/education/GTIP.htm. Application deadline is August 15 for fall terms and December 15 for spring terms.
Governor’s Distinguished Scholars
The Governor’s Distinguished Scholars Program will pay up to $10,000 per year for tuition, mandatory fees, room and board to students who achieve 32 or above on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, have a 3.50 academic grade point average, are a National Achievement Finalist or National Merit Finalist attending an approved Arkansas public or private college or university. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the student meets the continuing eligibility standards. Application deadline is February 1 of high school graduation year.
Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Opportunities Grant)
The GO! Grant provides $1000 grants to full-time and $500 grants to part-time students based on financial need. Students must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to applying for the grant. Students also must meet the financial need criteria established for the GO! Grant and attend an approved Arkansas Institution. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Application deadline is June 1.
Law Enforcement Officer’s Dependents Scholarship
The Law Enforcement Officers' Dependents Scholarship (LEO) provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and room at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, some Highway and Transportation Department employees, and other public employees, who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Application deadline is June 1.
Military Dependent’s Scholarship
The Military Dependent’s Scholarship Program provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board, minus three (3) months of Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) or Chapter 35 benefits, to full-time students at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansans who were killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled. All applicants must also apply for and show acceptance or denial of the Federal dependent's Educational Assistance Program. Application deadline is June 1.
Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)
The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) program offers reimbursement grants to cover tuition and fees, not to exceed $3,000, for up to six (6) completed college credit hours per academic year to current Arkansas teachers and administrators seeking to further their education. Application deadline is June 1.
The State Teacher Education Program (STEP)
The State Teacher Education Program (STEP) provides Federal student loan repayment grants of up to $4,000 per year to Arkansas residents who earned a teaching degree after 4/1/2004 and are teaching in a public school in a geographical and/or subject shortage area. Application deadline is June 1.
The Workforce Improvement Grant
A need based grant for non-traditional students who are at least 24 years old. The program’s goal is to help those students returning to school who have financial need but might not be eligible for assistance from traditional state and federal programs. The annual award is a maximum of $2,000 for a student enrolled full time (12 semester hours), but may be less in order to prevent an overaward as defined by Federal regulations. Students enrolled part time will have their grants prorated based on the number of hours enrolled. Because the grants are not renewable, students must apply each year by completing a FAFSA by July 1 of each year.
Other Sources of Assistance
Arkansas National Guard
Act 82 of 2005 provides a tuition and waiver assistance program for soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard. Members of the Arkansas National Guard should contact the Student Accounts Office for information.
Dr. James I. Balch Student Loan Fund
An interest-free loan to be repaid in installments of twenty percent, forty percent, and forty percent at nine, eighteen, and thirty-six month intervals. A student must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, must demonstrate financial need, and must file a separate loan application. Information regarding the application process is available through the Payroll and Special Services Office.
Students who cease attendance at Arkansas Tech University without completing and receiving a grade in one or more courses due to military activation or deployment may receive compensation for the resulting monetary loss as provided by Act 85 of 2005. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for information.
Native American Out-of-State Waiver
Arkansas Tech University offers in-state tuition rates to Native American students in other states belonging to tribes which formerly lived in Arkansas, before relocation, and whose names are on the rolls of tribal headquarters. Tribes thus identified include the Caddo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muskogee), Delaware, Kickapoo, Osage, Quapaw, Shawnee, and Tunica. Students who qualify for in-state tuition for fee purposes may apply for freshman academic scholarship. For more information contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 582-6953.
Over 60 Tuition Waiver
Arkansas residents who are sixty or older on the first day of class may have tuition and fees waived upon completion of certification of eligibility. Students must notify the Financial Aid Office each semester of the number of enrolled hours which need to be waived. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.
Mr. Tommy Memorial Student Loan Fund
Arkansas Tech has a special loan fund known as the “Mr. Tommy Memorial Student Loan Fund.” This fund was established by Arkansas Tech alumni as a memorial to the late E.S. Tomlinson, for many years head of the biology department. Supplementing lesser contributions by hundreds of former students is the Margaret McFadden Lykes, Jr., contribution. Loans from this fund are limited in amount and intended primarily for emergency aid to students. One semester of successful residence is required of all students applying for these loans. Information relative to this fund may be obtained from the Student Services Office.
Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance
Persons who have substantial handicap to employment as a result of a permanent disability may receive, at no cost to themselves, vocational counseling and some financial assistance toward the cost of their college training when the vocational objective of the disabled person is approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. These services are available through the Division of Rehabilitation Services, 1401 Brookwood Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203. Application for assistance or request for information about the program may be made to that address or to a local rehabilitation counselor.
Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act is a federal program which provides financial assistance to individuals in need. The program’s primary targets are individuals with barriers to employment and dislocated workers. Candidates who meet eligibility requirements will receive tuition and book scholarships for two years to complete an associate degree at Arkansas Tech University. WIA is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Requests for information about eligibility may be made through the WIA office,104 S. Rochester, Russellville, AR 72801; telephone 968-4919; TDD/ARS: 1-800-285-1131.
Office of Student Success
Bridge to Excellence
The Bridge to Excellence First-Year Mentoring Program (B2E) is one of the major planks in Arkansas Tech’s mission to help new students experience a successful transition from high school to college and to persevere into their sophomore year and beyond. To do this, B2E enlists both faculty and staff mentors to establish a personal relationship with their assigned freshmen and to point them towards campus support services when appropriate (such as Financial Aid, Residential Life, Intramural Sports, etc.). If you have any questions about the B2E program, please call (479) 964-0583 ext. 2606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Doc Bryan Tutoring Center
Let the specialized tutors at the Doc Bryan Tutoring Center help raise your grades free of charge – that’s what they’re trained to do. In Doc Bryan 153, you can find tutors for almost any subject, especially for those courses that might challenge you the most, like College Algebra, English Composition, and American History.
The Tutoring Center accepts walk-in appointments from 5pm-9pm, Sunday- Thursday during the fall and spring semesters.
Tutors from various departments also meet in Doc Bryan 153 throughout the week. You may find the updated schedule by clicking “Tutoring Services” in the Tech A-Z online or by stopping by Student Services in Doc Bryan 233. For more information, please call (479) 964-0583 ext. 4501 or email email@example.com.
Academic Coaching is for any Tech student who wants to develop a personalized academic plan for success with a coach. Academic coaching is a free, semester-long commitment offered in Doc Bryan 153 and allows students to meet weekly with an academic coach to discuss progress, create a plan of action for the upcoming week, encourage students in their successes, and considers how to achieve both long- and short-term goals. Academic coaches help students create study plans, improve note-taking and study skills, interact with professors, take advantage of resources on campus, and recognize their own ability to succeed at Arkansas Tech University. This program is perfect for every type of student on campus with any type of academic goal. To start academic coaching or for more information, please call (479) 964-0583 ext. 4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Norman Career Services
Career planning is an integral component of a student’s educational experience. Norman Career Services is committed to helping students research major and career options that correspond with their individual skills, personal values, interests, and goals. Norman Career Services also provides an online career management program, CAREERlink, for students and graduates who are searching for internships, on-campus, part-time, and/or full-time positions. Norman Career Services strives to guide students as they embark on a journey to discover their true potential and develop the professionalism required to fulfill their career goals. You can visit Norman Career Services in 153 Doc Bryan, call at (479) 968-0278, or email at email@example.com
Services include: career planning and development, as well as major and career exploration.
Events include: career fairs, workshops, etiquette dinners, information sessions, and on-campus recruiting.
Follow us on Twitter @ATUCareers. Online at www.atu.edu/career. Check us out on Facebook at Arkansas Tech University-Career Services.
The primary purpose of student financial aid at Tech is to provide assistance to students who, without aid, would be unable to attend college. Financial assistance consists of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment, which may be offered to students singularly or in various combinations, depending upon the degree of need. In determining the extent of a student’s need, the University must consider the financial support which may be expected from the income, assets, and other resources of the parents and the student as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Aid awards by the University are considered supplementary to the efforts of the student’s family in assisting their children with college expenses. All awards are administered by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with the University’s equal educational opportunity policy. The University does not participate in individual financial aid agreements with other institutions, including study abroad programs. Study abroad in a Tech sponsored program approved for academic credit is considered for Federal aid in the same manner as all other for academic credit classes.
Application forms for all types of aid may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office on the second floor of the Brown Building or on the Financial Aid website at www.atu.edu/finaid.
Cost of Attendance
A student’s cost of attendance (also called the financial aid budget) is the total of required tuition and fees and allowances for books and supplies, room and board, travel and personal expenses. Federal regulations allow the cost of a computer to be added to the cost of attendance one time during the college career of a student. The cost of a computer and related accessories up to $1,500 purchased no earlier than four months prior to enrollment will be added to the student’s cost of attendance budget upon the student’s submission of an itemized paid-in-full receipt. This will be a one-time adjustment with the costs being spread over the school year. No further adjustments will be made for upgrades or additional software at any time during the student’s career. Other adjustments to the cost of attendance allowed by federal regulations include Tech sponsored study-abroad programs approved for academic credit, child care costs, purchase of equipment required for all students in the same course of study, and reasonable expenses incurred related to a student’s disability. These adjustments may result in additional financial aid if the student was not already receiving the maximum amount of every type of aid for which they were eligible. There is no guarantee this adjustment will increase aid eligibility. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office: (479) 968-0399.
Scholarship Stacking Policy
Act 1180 of 1999 prohibits postsecondary institutions from using public funds in a student aid package which may contain a combination of state, institutional, private and federal funds that exceeds the cost of attendance at the institution. Arkansas Tech follows the Arkansas Department of Higher Education regulations by reducing scholarship amounts which cause awards to exceed cost of attendance. In absence of direction from a private donor, private scholarship funds over $500 will be divided equally between the fall and spring semester. In the event of an overaward from private funds, other aid will be reduced in the order listed in the Fees & Expenses section of this catalog. For more information on the scholarship stacking policy, contact the Financial Aid Office: (479) 968-0399.
This policy applies to funds received through the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (FSEOG), the Federal Work Study, the Federal Subsidized Direct Loan, the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS loan programs.
This policy will be applied automatically and without favor or prejudice. With the exception of certificate and clock hour students, all federal aid recipients' progress is reviewed annually at the end of each spring semester, upon the receipt of each new financial aid application, and upon a student's full withdrawal from a semester. Certificate and clock hour students are reviewed at the end of each semester upon receipt of each new financial aid application, and upon a student's full withdrawal from a semester.
Any appeal of this policy must follow the instructions on the appeal form and be sent to the Financial Aid Office in person or by mail to 105 West O Street, Suite 206, Russellville, AR 72801, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to 479.968.0857 along with any applicable documentation to the Financial Aid Academic Policy Appeal Committee prior to the deadlines listed below in order to be considered for the term. A maximum of 2 appeals may be submitted. A student must attend without financial aid for a period of one academic year to be eligible to appeal for a third time.
Students who have filed a successful appeal will be placed on an academic plan which will be monitored each semester throughout the course of the plan. Individual students will be reviewed within the semester if notification of a grade change is received by the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid will not be paid retroactively for any semester's lost eligibility.
Students must meet all conditions of the policy. Violation of any section will result in loss of aid.
DEADLINE FOR 2017-18 APPEAL: FALL - JULY 27; SPRING - JANUARY 5.
The decision of the appeal committee is final.
When students change majors they are required to continue meeting all sections of this policy. If the major change causes the student to exceed the maximum number of hours attempted, they may appeal. The cumulative grade point average will still be considered as the students grade point.
Institutional Academic Suspension
Any student whose name appears on the institutional suspension list will not be eligible to receive aid for their next period of enrollment even if they re-enroll with the approval of the appropriate college dean.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when they are no longer on the suspension list.
Withdrawals/All "F" Grades
Federal regulations require a calculation to determine how much aid, if any, must be returned to the Federal program when a student withdraws or receives all grades of “F”. Students who must repay funds will be notified of the amount by the financial Aid Office within 45 days of grades posting. These repayments must be made through the Student Accounts Office. The student will be ineligible to register for additional courses until the required payments are made.
First Undergraduate Degree
A student is required to pass 67% of all attempted hours. This is calculated as shown: Hours passed ÷ by hours attempted = 67% or greater. Note: Accepted transfer hours are counted as both attempted and earned and are considered in this calculation. Students granted academic clemency will have all semesters attended counted on the basis of attempted hours.
Incomplete, repeat and audit classes are counted as hours attempted, but do not increase hours earned. For repeated courses, only the grade from the best attempt of the repeated course is calculated into a student’s cumulative grade point although all grades and all attempts are recorded on the student’s academic record. Students may not repeat a course in which the highest grade possible has already been earned. Federal financial aid will pay for only one repeat of a class with a grade of "D" or better. If an incomplete grade is not replaced by an earned letter grade by the end of the next regular semester it will become a grade of “F” and will be considered in the next regular determination of policy progress.
A student must receive a bachelor's degree by the end of 180 attempted credit hours, an associate's degree by the end of 90 attempted credit hours and a certificate by the end of 45 attempted credit hours. Allowances will be made for semesters involving required remedial course work, bachelor's degrees which require more than 120 earned hours, associate's degrees which require more than 60 earned hours, and certificates which require more than 30 earned hours. All semesters attended will be counted whether a student received financial aid during the semester or not. Clock hour students must complete their program by the end of 150% of the published length of the program.
Required Grade Point Average First Undergraduate Degree
With the exception of certificate and clock hour students, all students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at the end of their fourth and all subsequent undergraduate semesters or “equivalent transfer semesters.” (Transfer students will be assigned "equivalent transfer semesters" based on the number of hours accepted by the Registrar's Office. Adjustments to Tech cumulative grade points are not made for courses transferred from other colleges or universities, but transfer grades may be used to meet the financial aid grade point requirement.) Certificate and clock hour students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 at the end of their second and all subsequent semesters. No appeal will be granted for anyone in violation of the required cumulative 2.0 GPA. Students granted academic clemency will have a "financial aid GPA" based on all hours completed and will not receive aid until that GPA reaches at least 2.0.
Any student who fails to meet the required 2.0 GPA will be reinstated once the required GPA is met. However, financial aid will not be paid retroactively for any aid lost because of this requirement. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when they have attained the required GPA.
Subsequent Bachelors Degree OR Teacher Certification
Any subsequent associate's degree must be completed by the end of 45 additional attempted hours. Any subsequent bachelor's degree must be completed by the end of 70 additional attempted hours.
Required Grade Point Average Subsequent Credentials or Teacher Certification
Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Application for Federal Student Aid
General - Students use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and list Tech as one of the schools to receive information. With the exception of Unsubsidized and PLUS loans, students must demonstrate financial need to receive funds from Federal financial aid programs.
Deadline - To receive equal consideration, a student must have a complete application on file by January 15. All remaining funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until depleted. Note: All requested information must be returned to the Financial Aid Office by July 15 to ensure aid availability at the beginning of the fall semester.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant provides direct grants from the government to the undergraduate student for educational expenses. The student does not have to repay the amounts received, unless the semester for which a grant is received is not completed or the student receives grades of all F(s).
Under current guidelines, only students who have never received a bachelor’s degree and who have not already received the equivalent of twelve full-time semesters of the grant are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. The university does not determine whether a student is financially eligible. The amount of the grant given to an individual student is based on a schedule provided to the university by the government. No eligible student will be denied a grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program
The purpose of the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program is to provide additional funds to qualified students of exceptional need. Each grant is awarded according to federal guidelines.
The University uses student employees when practical, but students are not encouraged to work to an extent which would hinder their scholastic program. Employment assignments are made under both the Federal College Work-Study Program and the institutional Non-Work-Study Program. To be eligible for student employment, the student must be enrolled at least half-time, adhere to the academic progress policy, maintain satisfactory employer-employee relations and have conduct and personal appearance which reflects positively on the student and the University.
William D. Ford Direct Loan Program
Federal regulations require a delayed disbursement of thirty (30) days for all first-year, first-time undergraduate student borrowers in any Federal Direct Loan program. Additionally, all student borrowers must be enrolled in a minimum of six hours.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Parents of students may borrow annually the amount of the student’s cost of education minus other aid for each child who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time with a completed FAFSA on file. PLUS loans require a separate application and credit check. The interest rate is determined each June with the borrower beginning payment within sixty (60) days after the full disbursement of the loan. Graduate students may also borrow under the PLUS loan program. They have to meet the same credit history requirements, must apply for Federal financial aid and may borrow up to the cost of attendance less other financial aid. As with the Parent PLUS, the interest rate is determined each June.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
The Federal Direct Loan program authorizes loans up to $3,500 per year for freshman undergraduates, $4,500 for sophomore undergraduates, and $5,500 per year for junior and senior undergraduates. The maximum an undergraduate student may borrow is $23,000. Under this program a student must financially qualify for the loan. The interest rate is determined each June.
Repayment of principal and interest ordinarily begins six months after the student leaves school or ceases to be at least a half-time student. However, interest will begin to accrue as of the date the student ceases to be at least half-time. The amount of the monthly payments will be based on the total amount borrowed.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan has the same loan limits and deferments as the Direct Subsidized Loan. However, the student does not have to demonstrate need for the loan and must either pay the interest while in school or have it capitalized for repayment with the loan principal. The total borrowed in Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct undergraduate loans may not exceed the student’s yearly maximum as shown above. Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 for a school year, not to exceed the total undergrad and grad maximum of $138,500. The interest rate is determined each June.
Federal Direct Additional Unsubsidized Loan - Dependent students may borrow $2,000 per year for four years. Independent students may borrow up to $6,000 per year for the first two years of undergraduate study and $7,000 per year thereafter with an undergraduate maximum of $57,500. Borrowers do not have to show need but do have to apply for financial aid. The interest rate is determined each June. Students are responsible for paying the interest that accrues on the loan from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full but have the option to defer interest payments while in school and have the interest added to the amount borrowed.
The Arkansas Tech University Bookstore is located in the Young Building. The Tech Bookstore carries all required course materials including a large selection of textbooks for sale and rent. The Bookstore also price matches Textbook Brokers, Barnes & Noble.com, & Amazon.com. There are many other items available to purchase at the bookstore including apparel, gifts, caps and gowns, diploma frames, and school supplies.
Textbook Refund Guidelines
Full refunds will be given on textbook purchases and rentals until the end of the 5th class day. If a student withdraws or drops a course and has proof of such, return credit will be extended for up to 30 days after classes start.
BuyBack/Rental Return Information
The Tech Bookstore buys back books every day. However, books are typically worth more at the end of the semester as the bookstore sets prices for buyback based on demand for the upcoming semester. At the end of each semester, students are encouraged to sell back books they have purchased as well as return rented items. Rented items are typically due the Last day of finals. Fees for rentals not retuned will be charged three days following the due date.
Please visit our website at https://www.atu.edu/bookstore for the most up-to-date information about the bookstore.