Parent Resources

If you are the parent of high school or current college student, you probably have questions. UCA’s Family Network may be just what you need. Access the UCA Family Network at: https://uca.edu/financialaid/parent-resources/.

We know that you have questions about the cost of college and options to pay for tuition and fees and on campus room and meals.   Below you will find information relative to the most commonly asked questions we receive from parents.  In addition, to the other information provided elsewhere on the Financial Aid web page, this page is designed specifically for parents.

 

Q: What if we have questions:

A: If you have questions, please know that staff are available to assist you. Students and families do not need an appointment to speak with or meet with a staff member. There is one catch. In order for staff to speak with a parent/family member about the student’s application, the student must sign and submit a Release of Information form, giving permission. We are located in Harrin Hall, Suite 200 Office and our office hours are M-F, 8am – 4:30pm.  You may phone us at  501-450-3140. You may also join our weekly Virtual Office Hour on Zoom to ask questions.

 

Q: How do I know what the cost will be for my student to attend college?

A: This is an important question and we have made it easy for you to get an estimate prior to being admitted or enrolling in classes.  Access the College Costs tab at the top of this page to get an estimate using either the Student Accounts Tuition and Fee Calculator or the Net Price Calculator.

 

Q: Is there a deadline for applying for federal financial aid?

A: Federal Financial Aid Timeline:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all requested documentation should be submitted to the UCA Office of Student Financial Aid as soon as possible to ensure timely processing.  The sooner you submit the required documentation, the sooner your eligibility may be determined and you will be able to finalize your personal budget for college expenses.

Financial Aid Timeline
10/01/2020Students may begin completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
10/16/2020Spring 2021 Incoming Transfer Academic Scholarship Deadline
11/01/2020The UCA Financial Aid Office begins sending emails requesting additional information if needed
1/25/2021Entering Freshman Distinguished and Achievement Academic Scholarship Deadline
01/29/2021UCA Foundation Scholarships Deadline
- Application opens on November 2, 2020
02/01/2021The UCA Financial Aid Office begins sending eligibility notifications
02/01/2021Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholarship Deadline
- Application opens on October 1, 2020
05/03/2021Entering Freshman University and Future Leaders Academic Scholarship Deadline
06/15/2021Fall 2020 Incoming Transfer Academic Scholarship Deadline
07/01/2021Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship Deadline
- Application opens on October 1, 2020
12/15/2021Spring 2022 Incoming Transfer Academic Scholarship Deadline
UCA Final DeadlineNo later than two weeks prior to the end of the term for which the student is applying. This assumes the student will remain enrolled and attending at least half time for the entire term.
Final Federal DeadlineThe federal deadline for completing the FAFSA is June 30, 2022

 

Q: I was told our file was selected for verification.  What does that mean?

A: When a student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) the federal government randomly selects applications for a process called verification. Some students never have their application selected and some student applications are selected each year. If selected, the federal government tells the school which items must be verified. If selected, we will post the requirements on the student’s myUCA self-service account an email the student. Once documentation is received from the student/family, staff will review the information provided to determine if any additional information/documentation is required. Once the verification process is complete, staff will make any necessary corrections and resubmit the application to the federal processor for recalculation of eligibility.

More about Verification

 

Q: What is a PLUS loan?

A: A PLUS loan is a Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students. A PLUS loan is a loan a parent may borrow in their own name that provides funds to help pay the student’s college expenses.

 

Q: How do I apply for a PLUS loan?

A: Follow the steps below to apply for a PLUS loan:

* Notice*  The student must have a completed FAFSA on file with UCA listed as the school in order for the parent to take out a PLUS loan. (UCA’s school code is 001092)

  1. The parent borrower must be the biological or adoptive parent.  A stepparent may borrow a PLUS loan if their income is included on the FAFSA.  The parent will need to create an FSA ID and FSA ID password. The FSA ID and password can be used to electronically sign the FAFSA. It is also used to complete the parent Plus loan application. [Do not use the student’s FSA ID]
  2. The parent should log into Studentaid.gov and navigate to the Parent Borrowers tab and select Apply for a PLUS Loan. The FSA ID and FSA ID password will be used to complete this process.
  3.  Answer all questions on the application. Please see the tips below:
    • Select the academic year for which you are applying. For example, the 20/21 academic year begins with the Fall 2020 term.
    • You have the option of authorizing the funds to be used for other charges, like text books. This is a good idea if the student does not have funds to purchase their books on their own.
    • You will need to select the University of Central Arkansas as the school the student plans to attend.
    • You will be able to select the loan amount. Remember to take into consideration that this loan amount is for the whole academic year. If you choose the option to apply for the maximum amount, please contact the Financial Aid office to confirm the loan amount.
  4. Once the application is complete, select SUBMIT to complete the process.
  5. Complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN)/Loan Agreement. The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education.