Other Financial Aid Resources

This page contains other valuable financial aid information and resources.  Many common financial aid questions can be answered by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.  If you still have unanswered questions, you may contact our office by using the information at the bottom of this page.

U.S. Department of Education

  • The Guide to Federal Student Aid is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.  Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office.  This guide tells you about the different aid programs and how to apply for them.
  • Completing the FAFSA is an introductory publication for students that provides instructions on how to complete the online or paper version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • www.studentloans.gov is a new and comprehensive site from the U.S. Department of Education designed to give students a one-stop shop for information and access to their their Direct Stafford, Parent PLUS, and Graduate PLUS Loans issued through the Department.

Private or Alternative Loan Lender Information

Private or Alternative loans can provide a source of funding if you have exhausted all sources of federal student aid.  All students are encouraged to apply for federal student loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to applying for private education loans.  Federal student loans may have more favorable terms than private education loans.  Lastly, private education loans may reduce the student’s eligibility for free or lower cost financial aid available to a student.  Students may begin the process of applying for federal student loans through the UCA Financial Aid website or by going directly to the federal government’s web site for the FAFSA.


Below you will find a comprehensive list of the private education loan lenders that UCA students have used within the last three years.  It is not a preferred lender list.  It is important that you compare the terms and conditions of the loans before you commit to a particular borrower.

Lender Name Making Loans Phone Number Website
Arkansas Federal Credit Union Yes 1-866-488-1448 http://afcu.studentchoice.org/
Arkansas Rural Endowment Fund, Inc. Yes 1-800-232-5505 www.aref.org
Arkansas State Board of Nursing Yes 1-501-686-2700 http://www.arsbn.org/loans-scholarships
College Avenue Yes 1-844-422-7502 https://www.collegeavestudentloans.com/
Commerce Bank Yes 1-800-666-3910 http://commercebank.com/personal/studentservices/loans/
Discover Student Loans Yes 1-800-788-3368 http://www.discover.com/student-loans
Elements Financial (formerly Eli Lilly FCU) Yes 1-800-621-2105 www.elfcu.org
Sallie Mae Yes 1-855-756-5626 http://www.salliemae.com/
Suntrust Yes 1-800-552-3006 http://suntrusteducation.com/
United Federal Credit Union Yes 1-888-982-1400 https://unitedfcu.com/personal/borrow/educational-loans/
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Yes 1-501-686-5374 http://nursing.uams.edu/
Wells Fargo Educational Financial Services Yes 1-800-956-4442 http://www.wellsfargo.com/student 

FinAid!  The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

  • FinAid! is an independent website established in the fall of 1994 as a public service.  This award winning site has grown into a comprehensive source for student financial aid information.  FinAid! was created by Mark Kantrowitz, a nationally-recognized financial aid expert.

AmeriCorps – A program of the Corporation for National and Community Service

  • AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you.  It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.  Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences–and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others.  In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial award.  Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.