Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture)

Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture) is the newest state grant program aimed at supporting non-traditional students and enhancing the educational qualifications and skills of Arkansas's workforce.

Students who are currently enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or regional high-demand areas of study may qualify for this grant.

Who is eligible for the Arkansas Future Grant? #

To be considered for Arkansas Future Grant, an applicant must:

  • Have either graduated from an approved Arkansas public school, private school, home school, or received a high school equivalency diploma, OR resided in Arkansas for at least three (3) years at the time of application and have either graduated from an out-of-state high school, private school, home school, or received a high school equivalency diploma approved by another state;
  • Be enrolled part-time or full-time at an approved Arkansas’ institution of higher education in a program of study that leads to an associate degree or a certification in a STEM or regional high demand field;
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
How much is the Arkansas Future Grant? #

The award covers both tuition and fees for qualifying certificate and associate degree programs at Arkansas’ public institutions. As a last-dollar grant, ArFuture would go to students only after they’ve received federal and state aid.

However, there is one caveat for grant recipients. #

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, students must actively participate in a mentorship or community service program during their studies, AND upon graduation, they are obligated to work full-time in Arkansas for a minimum of three (3) years.

Failure to fulfill these requirements may result in the conversion of the grant into a loan that must be repaid to the state in full.

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