Federal Financial Aid Programs

Federal Financial Aid Basics
Important Financial Aid Dates


  • Federal Pell Grants
    Available to undergraduate students who have demonstrated an exceptional financial need on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have not earned a bachelor or professional degree. Awards for the 19-20 academic year range from $623 up to $6,195. Learn more about Pell Grants.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
    Funds are awarded to a limited number of undergraduate students with priority being given to Pell Grant recipients who apply early.   Awards for each year range from $200 up to $1,200. Learn more about SEOG.
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)
    ​UCA is approved to participate in the TEACH Grant beginning with the Fall 2016 term. To apply for a grant at UCA, click the link above to learn specifics about UCA’s program.  Learn more about TEACH


  • Direct Loans
    The U.S. Department of Education administers the William D. Ford Direct Loan program to provide low interest Stafford and PLUS Loans for students and parents who are attending at least half-time.  The U.S. Department of Education serves as the lender for all Direct Loans.  Learn more about Direct Loans.

Work Study

  • Federal Work Study
    Federal Work Study funds provide an opportunity for qualified students to work on campus and earn money to help pay for educational or personal expenses. To learn more about federal work study opportunities, visit with your Financial Aid Counselor.

The UCA Career Services Center maintains a list of Federal Work Study jobs currently available. Please note that this list is not comprehensive and students are advised to contact departments directly to inquire about available positions.