New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award Scholarship

**Updated September 2020 to support students who have been unable to complete the ACT or SAT due to COVID-19. Effective through summer and fall 2022.**

The New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award Scholarship (NRTA) is an opportunity that benefits domestic students from across the country by making tuition and fees even more affordable. The NRTA scholarship covers the majority of the difference between out-of-state tuition and in-state tuition and is automatically granted to eligible degree-seeking students. Students must apply for admission to be considered but are not required to submit a separate scholarship application. New Arkansan NRTA recipients will be first notified on their admission profile residency statement. Awarded students will also receive additional information from the Academic Scholarship Office.

See below for updated information regarding the New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award, effective only for applicants through summer and fall 2022.

To explore expanded scholarship opportunities specifically for students in Arkansas, view In-State New Freshman Scholarships.

In order to be competitive for additional merit-based academic scholarships, students should meet minimum eligibility requirements for the Non-Resident Tuition Award.

Eligibility Map

Select your state to view eligibility requirements and award amounts.

NRTA Eligibility Map

New Arkansan NRTA for Surrounding States

Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas

Entering freshmen must have a 3.20 or higher cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Transfer students must have at least a 3.00 or higher overall cumulative college GPA and at least 24 transferable hours.

All grade point averages are calculated to a standard 4-point scale, with weighted credit given for AP, IB, and concurrent enrollment.

Transfer students with fewer than 24 hours ("Transfer Freshmen") must meet the requirements for both entering freshmen and transfer students.

Students can continue to improve grade point averages after admission. Qualifying GPA must be earned prior to the student's first day of classes at the University of Arkansas.

The NRTA is only available to incoming new students. A student who does not meet the eligibility criteria at the time of enrollment may only become eligible for the award in a future term by receiving a University of Arkansas scholarship of $4,000 or more, pursuant to Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 516.0.

Award Amount

Award Amount Eligibility Criteria
90% 3.60 GPA
80% 3.40 GPA
70% 3.20 GPA
Award Amount Eligibility Criteria
90% 3.20 cumulative GPA
80% 3.00 cumulative GPA

The New Arkansan NRTA is awarded to entering freshmen and transfer students from Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Entering freshmen with a 3.60 or higher cumulative GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 90% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Entering freshmen with a 3.40 or higher cumulative GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 80% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Entering freshmen with a 3.20 or higher cumulative GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 70% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Transfer students with a 3.20 or higher cumulative transfer GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 90% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Transfer students with a 3.00 or higher cumulative transfer GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 80% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

  How to Apply

Extended States New Arkansan NRTA

Entering freshmen must have a 3.20 or higher cumulative high school GPA on a 4.00 scale.

Transfer students must have at least a 3.20 or higher overall cumulative college GPA and at least 24 transferable hours.

All grade point averages are calculated to a standard 4-point scale, with weighted credit given for AP, IB, and concurrent enrollment.

Transfer students with fewer than 24 hours ("Transfer Freshmen") must meet the requirements for both entering freshmen and transfer students.

Students can continue to improve grade point averages after admission. Qualifying GPA must be earned prior to the student's first day of classes at the University of Arkansas.

The NRTA is only available to incoming new students. A student who does not meet the eligibility criteria at the time of enrollment may only become eligible for the award in a future term by receiving a University of Arkansas scholarship of $4,000 or more, pursuant to Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 516.0.

Award Amount

Award Amount Eligibility Criteria
80% 3.60 GPA
50% 3.20 GPA
Award Amount Eligibility Criteria
80% 3.50 cumulative GPA
50% 3.20 cumulative GPA

Entering freshmen with a 3.60 or higher cumulative GPA will receive an Extended States New Arkansan NRTA that pays 80% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Entering freshmen with a 3.20 or higher cumulative GPA will receive an Extended States New Arkansan NRTA that pays 50% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Transfer students with a 3.50 or higher cumulative GPA will receive an Extended States New Arkansan NRTA that pays 80% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Transfer students with a 3.20 or higher cumulative GPA will receive an Extended States New Arkansan NRTA that pays 50% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

  How to Apply

Renewal Criteria

Students must complete 24 or more hours per academic year and maintain a 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA to renew the New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award Scholarship. See the NRTA Renewal page for more specific criteria.

Average Cost of Attendance Per Year for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

These estimates are based on necessary expenses for an undergraduate student taking 30 credit hours per year in Fulbright College at the University of Arkansas. Actual cost of attendance will vary depending on number of hours enrolled, courses, college, and room and board options.

Expense Amount in US Dollars
Hours 30
Tuition $7,666
Fees $1,908
Tuition/Fee Subtotal $9,574
Books $1,100
Room $7,744
Board $4,198
Personal Expenses $2,124
Transportation $2,238
Total $26,978
Expense Amount in US Dollars
Hours 30
Tuition $9,346
Fees $1,908
Tuition/Fee Subtotal $11,254
Books $1,100
Room $7,744
Board $4,198
Personal Expenses $2,124
Transportation $2,238
Total $28,658
Expense Amount in US Dollars
Hours 30
Tuition $11,028
Fees $1,908
Tuition/Fee Subtotal $12,936
Books $1,100
Room $7,744
Board $4,198
Personal Expenses $2,124
Transportation $2,238
Total $30,340
Expense Amount in US Dollars
Hours 30
Tuition $12,710
Fees $1,908
Tuition/Fee Subtotal $14,618
Books $1,100
Room $7,744
Board $4,198
Personal Expenses $2,124
Transportation $2,238
Total $32,022
Expense Amount in US Dollars
Hours 30
Tuition $16,074
Fees $1,908
Tuition/Fee Subtotal $17,982
Books $1,100
Room $7,744
Board $4,198
Personal Expenses $2,124
Transportation $2,238
Total $35,386
Expense Amount in US Dollars
Hours 30
Tuition $24,482
Fees $1,908
Tuition/Fee Subtotal $26,390
Books $1,100
Room $7,744
Board $4,198
Personal Expenses $2,124
Transportation $2,238
Total $43,794