Students that reside and go to college in the state of Arkansas received a welcome relief from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Arkansas had over 20 different scholarship applications in the past but they are down-sizing to just one comprehensive form that they are referring to as being simpler and streamlined. The Department states that this less complicated approach will help to get more financial aid to more students.
“It’s easy, it’s painless. It’ll take five, maybe six, seven minutes,” said Jim Purcell, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
The push for this easier application process came when the Arkansas financial aid budget received an injection of cash from the new state lottery system. Since the new lottery system was introduced, they have sold $136 million dollars in tickets. State officials will be meeting later this month to set the scholarship awarding amounts for the recipients.
For more information, you can visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
Not many states have this type of system in place to help fund it’s scholars. It is great to see Arkansas take a proactive approach to provide funding for their students.
If you are reading this post and you are from Arkansas, you will want to view the scholarship application deadlines for all the different programs provide by your state. Here is a detailed chart providing all the Arkansas Scholarship Program requirements and deadlines for application. Enjoy!