Transfer Scholarships

The University of Arkansas proudly offers transfer student scholarships each fall and spring semester to entering transfer students.

In-State Transfer Scholarships

Academic All-Star Transfer Student Scholarship

  • Semester award up to $5,000
  • Awarded to students named the "Academic All-Star" by their Arkansas two-year college
  • Renewable for up to five semesters with maintenance of 3.00 cumulative GPA (reviewed after each semester)
  • The scholarship application is not required for this award

Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship

  • Annual award that matches tuition from the following UA System Two-Year Institutions: Batesville, Cossatot, Morrilton, Rich Mountain, Pulaski Tech, Hope-Texarkana, and Phillips
  • Awarded to eligible transfer students in Arkansas who have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts in Teaching degree from a participating UA System Two-Year Institution
  • Renewable for up to 10 semesters with maintenance of good academic standing (2.00 cumulative GPA after each semester)
  • The scholarship application is not required for this award
  • Eligibility Information for the Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship

Chancellor's Transfer Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $3000 per year
  • Renewable for one additional year with completion of 24 hours and 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Awarded to top applicants from Arkansas two-year colleges

U of A Transfer Student Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $2000 per year
  • Renewable for one additional year with completion of 24 hours and 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Awarded to top candidates from the applicant pool

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $2500 per year
  • Renewable for one additional year with completion of 24 hours and 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Awarded to top applicants from two-year colleges who are members of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Provide documentation of membership to the Academic Scholarship Office

Advance Arkansas Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $4000 per year
  • Renewable for 2 years (3 years for programs requiring five years for completion) with 30 hours per year and 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • Awarded to top students in the applicant pool with financial need as represented on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Preference to first-generation college students

Transfer Student Advantage Scholarship

  • One-time award up to $3000
  • Awarded to top candidates from the applicant pool
  • Need will be considered but not required

Non-Resident Transfer Scholarships

New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award Scholarship

  • Annual award of as much as $13,175 - $14,825 per year based on 30 hours of enrollment
  • Awarded automatically (scholarship application not required) to transfer students from Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas who have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    • Transfer students with a 3.20 or higher cumulative 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 3.0-3.19 cumulative GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 80% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition
  • Renewable for 4 years (5 years for Architecture students) with 24 hours per year and 2.75 GPA
  • In order to be competitive for additional merit-based academic scholarships, students should meet minimum eligibility requirements for the Non-Resident Tuition Award

Extended States New Arkansan NRTA

  • Annual award of as much as $8,225 - $13,175 per year based on 30 hours of enrollment
  • Awarded automatically (scholarship application not required) to transfer students from the rest of the country who have a 3.20 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    • 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 3.20-3.49 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
  • Renewable for 4 years (5 years for Architecture students) with 24 hours per year and 2.75 GPA

U of A Transfer Student Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $2000 per year
  • Renewable for one additional year with completion of 24 hours and 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Awarded to top candidates from the applicant pool

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $2500 per year
  • Renewable for one additional year with completion of 24 hours and 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Awarded to top applicants from two-year colleges who are members of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Provide documentation of membership to the Academic Scholarship Office

Transfer Student Advantage Scholarship

  • One-time award up to $3000
  • Awarded to top candidates from the applicant pool
  • Need will be considered but not required

Eligibility

To be considered for the University of Arkansas Transfer Scholarships, entering transfer students must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 or more transferable hours of college-level work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education other than the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 transferable hours at the time of application. In addition, scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens, legal residents of the United States, or foreign nationals permitted to pursue a course of study in the United States. Current University of Arkansas students are not eligible for this award. Applicants or nominees can only be awarded one of the above scholarships and only to support their first undergraduate degree.

  • Deadline for Fall Semester — April 1
  • Deadline for Spring Semester — October 15

Transfer Scholarship Application Checklist

Add scholars@uark.edu to your email address book

Our primary form of communication throughout the scholarship application process will be through email to your personal email account (be sure to use a personal email address that you will have access to at all times, even after graduation or transfer). Adding this address to your email address book will ensure that our messages reach you.

Apply for admission

In order to apply for academic scholarships at the University of Arkansas, you must apply for admission (students do not have to be admitted to begin scholarship application). Students should submit their admissions application by October 1 to be considered for the October 15 spring semester deadline, and by March 15 to be considered for the April 1 fall semester deadline.

Submit official copies of all college transcripts

Official transcripts should be mailed or sent via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to the Office of Admissions, 232 Silas Hunt Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 by the deadline date.

Check your New Student Center

About 48 hours after submitting your application for admission, you will be able to access your personalized scholarship application by logging into your New Student Center. You will copy and paste, or upload, your required supplemental materials into the application (list of accomplishments and honors, essay, and name of recommender). See below for more details.

Prepare supplemental scholarship application materials in your word processing software.

  • ACTIVITIES & AWARDS: Prepare a list of your most important activities and academic awards/honors.
  • ESSAY: Prepare your essay. The essay prompts below are designed to allow you to share more about yourself. We want a glimpse of what matters to you. And remember, the application essay is an opportunity for you to move beyond test scores and grades. Avoid platitudes and checklists of accomplishments and activities. The more specific you can be about your personal experience, the better! Write a well-developed essay (maximum length of 600 words) responding to one of the following:
    • Historians have often maintained that it is important to have a gap of 50 years between their own time period and their subject matter. Identify an invention or idea that was developed more than 50 years ago that still has a major effect on the way we live today. Why did you choose this particular invention or idea?
    • Identify an artist or innovator in the world today who inspires you. Tell us why.
    • How do you anticipate making a contribution to society with your future career? What made you interested in this pursuit?
  • RECOMMENDATION: Contact a professor regarding writing a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Your recommender will receive an email to a personalized website where he/she can copy and paste the recommendation letter. The recommendation letter must be submitted by the deadline date.

Copy and paste or upload supplemental materials into the personalized scholarship application

Once you have completed the application and have proofread multiple times, click the submit button. You will not be able to make changes once the form has been submitted. You will receive an email the following day confirming receipt of your application.

Monitor your email account

Continue to monitor your email for important updates from the Academic Scholarship Office

Check our website for additional funding opportunities

Please visit Additional Funding Opportunities for additional scholarship and financial aid opportunities on campus.

Contact us!

If you have not heard from us or if you have questions regarding the scholarship application process, please contact us at scholars@uark.edu or (479) 575-4464.

Selection Process

The University's Scholarship Review Committee will review all applications and consider each applicant's academic achievement, résumé, essay, and recommendation letter. Scholarship decisions will be emailed to all applicants approximately 45 days after each deadline.