Incoming Honors College freshmen will be awarded the Honors College Scholarship upon admission.* When added to the Arkansas Lottery Scholarship for in-state students, this award constitutes a full-ride scholarship. The scholarship amount will be budgeted based on the direct cost of attendance each year, rising whenever those costs rise. The Honors College Scholarship brings the total award (UCA scholarship plus Arkansas Challenge) to the amount necessary to cover the direct cost of UCA attendance including 15 hours of tuition per semester, mandatory fees, room and board, and a single room upgrade scholarship that pays the extra cost of a private room (for residents of Honors housing in Farris). Additional scholarships that the student earns may stack to the amount specified by state law. For students receiving the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, $2,500/semester of their award will be applied to the Honors scholarship package while the remaining funds may be available in excess aid, up to the stacking limit.
For incoming out-of-state freshmen, the scholarship package covers 15 hours of tuition, mandatory fees, room, and a single room upgrade that pays the extra cost of the Honors private room. This package excludes the student’s meal plan each semester.
A student’s specific annual award will vary depending on the student’s in-state residency and eligibility for the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship. Please see the “scholarship” tab within the application for specific details regarding your eligibility. This tab will be updated appropriately as you provide accurate information within the application about your status.
Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions
In order to have your scholarship continued from any fall semester to the following spring semester, you must earn 9 credit hours or above.
Additionally, in order to matriculate into the Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor and therefore maintain the Honors scholarship, you must achieve a cumulative residential UCA GPA of 3.250 and a 3.50 in your Honors courses at the conclusion of your fourth semester of full-time undergraduate study (for most students, the end of the spring semester of their sophomore year). As with your annual GPA, May Intersession and Summer I classes can be used to meet this standard.
Please note: These criteria apply to the Honors College Scholarship only. Other parts of your total scholarship package, such as the Arkansas Challenge and Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships, have different criteria for renewal, and may be retained or lost without reference to your Honors standing and/or UCA scholarship awards.
Students lose their Honors standing if their end-of-first-year combined GPA is below 3.250. Second-year students must earn an end-of-second-year cumulative GPA of 3.25 with a 3.50 in their Honors courses, but must additionally attain a second-year 3.25 combined GPA for that academic year to maintain their scholarship. They may regain Honors standing if they achieve that minimum GPA at the end of the following regular semester (fall or spring). In the case that a student loses his or her scholarship, but decides to appeal for a medical reason or some other purpose, then the decision regarding eligibility to continue in Honors classes is decided separately from the reinstatement of the scholarship.
Students who have been accepted into the minor cannot lose their Honors standing due to academic performance, although they may forfeit Honors standing voluntarily or on account of academic misconduct.
*In order to receive the Honors scholarship, a student must not require remediation and must be a permanent U.S. resident due to policies governing academic scholarships. Please note that all scholarship offers are contingent upon the review of the scholarship compliance office. University scholarship policies are available here.