Assistance Program For Students with Exceptional Circumstances (APSEC)

The APSEC program is a scholarship program that supports students who exhibit exceptional financial need and do not qualify for, or receive, other institutional scholarships or financial aid sufficient to attend the university or continue their education.  Applications must be received by July 15 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Mid-semester grants are available and must be received by October 1 in the fall and March 1 in the spring.

Access Board Policy 710


  • Experiencing an exceptional financial need
    • “Exceptional financial need” means that the student’s financial situation is such that without assistance from this program the student will be unable to attend the university or continue a course of study.
  • The applicant should exhaust all other financial means available, including federal loans.
    • “Exhausting all other financial means available” means accepting all aid offered to you by Financial Aid including federal loans.
  • Registered at UCA during the semester in which the grant would be received
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Must not have been awarded an APSEC Scholarship for more than one prior term.

Applicants who are US Citizens or permanent residents must have applied for and have on file in the UCA Financial Aid Office the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).



All applications must be received in the Student Support & Resource Center office on or before the listed deadline.  A complete application includes the completed advisor’s portion as well.  Please consider that information when submitting your form. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications are guaranteed to be open until 4:30 PM on the date of the deadline.


  • Spring Semester
    • Application Period: October 2nd to December 1st.
    • Awarded funds applied to the upcoming Spring semester.


  • Spring Mid-semester
    • Application period: December 2nd to March 1st.
    • Awarded funds applied to the current Spring semester.


  • Fall Semester
    • Application period: March 2nd to July 15th.
    • Awarded funds applied to the upcoming Fall semester.


  • Fall Mid-semester
    • Application period: July 16th to October 1st.
    • Awarded funds applied to the current Fall semester.

If awarded, all balances from the previous semesters must be paid before the award can be disbursed.

If you have questions about the APSEC (Assistance Program for Students with Exceptional Circumstances), please email or call 501-852-0704.