Financial aid includes any monies provided to a student by someone other than the student’s family to assist with the cost of their education. Financial aid may be in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or work-study jobs. Financial aid is provided by private sources, the university, and state and federal governments.
You should never pay to have someone assist you in finding or applying for financial aid. High school counselors, the UCA Financial Aid Office and free search databases can provide you with most of the information you need. You also need to be prepared to do some footwork yourself but it is worth the effort.
The UCA Financial Aid Office has a comprehensive website that provides a lot of detailed information. It can be a bit overwhelming. The best approach is to set aside some time and navigate through the Web site looking through each of the pages to get a good overview of what to expect.
You will also find phone numbers and e-mail addresses to which you can direct questions.
If you want to learn more about the financial aid application process, come to a Bear Facts Day. During Bear Facts Day, prospective students and their families get a preview of the campus and attend information sessions on academic programs, admissions, housing, financial aid, scholarships and support services.