Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarship funds

The State of Arkansas has scholarship funds for Arkansas resident students attending The Washington Center.

For fall, spring and summer semesters $6000 scholarships are available for Washington Center students.  Scholarships are limited.  Scholarship funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis; that is, when you are accepted by The Washington Center, you are given a scholarship, until all scholarships are gone.

Billing process

Depending on the amount of the scholarship support given the student, the remainder of the Washington Center fees must be paid by the student. The student will receive an invoice from the Washington center, less the scholarship award.  The student does not pay UCA tuition during the semester or summer term attending the Washington Center.  Scholarships are typically $6000.  UCA's Financial Aid office can also help students who are eligible with the costs of attending the Washington Center; contact the Financial Aid Office directly.  The Arkansas Challenge Scholarships can be used but students must enroll for 15 hours during a fall or spring semester.  The Washington Center has financial resources available for students who meet their criteria; please contact them directly for further financial assistance.

Hypothetical Estimated Cost Comparison (check The Washington Center website,, to verify costs.)

Semester at UCA, Spring 2016
 Semester at Washington Center
Tuition and Fees $3944 Program Fee $7,998
Room and Board $3098 Housing Fee $,5600
Total $13,598
State Assistance -$6000
Subtotal $7042 Subtotal $7598
Books and Supplies $900 Estimated Food, personal, etc. $2500
Personal Expenses $1300 Average Books, Transportation $375
TOTAL $9,242 TOTAL $10,473

(The 10-week summer term at the Washington center in 2016 is $6395 program fee and $4570 housing fee.)