State Aid Programs

The State of Arkansas has a number of programs designed to assist individuals with educational expenses.  Below is a link to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) website for more information on the scholarships they offer.

Below is the link to create an account through the ADHE Scholarship Application Management System website to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship and/or the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE)

Scholarship Application Management System Link

  • Arkansas Academic Challenge Continuing Eligibility Requirement
  • Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship


Arkansas Vocational Rehabilitation

    • The Vocational Rehabilitation Program in Arkansas offers assistance for tuition and books to students who are vocationally handicapped. Information may be obtained from the local Vocational Rehabilitation Office.


Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities

    • The Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities is designed to help ease the financial hardship placed upon individuals with disabilities and their families as they pursue their education.  For more information, visit Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) webpage here.


 Trade Adjustment Assistance

    • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a benefit for those workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of foreign competition.  For more information, please visit Arkansas Division of Workforce Services.


 Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS)

  • DWS provides services and resources including:
    • Possible assistance with tuition, fees, books, childcare, and other education-related assistance through the Workforce Improvement Act.
    • The Single Parent Scholarship Fund
    • Emergency Food & Shelter
    • Energy Assistance
    • Clothing for Interviews
    • And much, much more!
  • For more information, visit the Arkansas DWS website here.


 The State has other programs that may or may not be applicable to you.  Please visit the websites above for more information about available programs.