How to Apply
Apply for federal aid listed above by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Applications for the coming school year become available after October 1 each year. You must reapply each year. Applications received prior to Dec. 1 receive funding priority. (2015 income information is required for the 2017-18 application.)
The Higher Education Amendments require the university to define and enforce standards for satisfactory academic progress to encourage students to successfully complete degree requirements within 4 years (8 semesters).
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship: Arkansas high school students with a 2.5 gpa, 19 ACT and Smart Core Curriculum are eligible to apply. The deadline to complete the Arkansas Universal Scholarship Application to be eligible for the Academic Challenge Scholarship is June 1. There is not an income limit to receive the Academic Challenge, but students must also submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov to receive Academic Challenge.
The current awards are graduated as follows:
$1,000 (2017 applicants)
$4,000 (2nd year)
$4,000 (3rd year)
Go Opportunities Grant from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education – $1,000 a year may be available to students who are graduating from an Arkansas High School. To be eligible a student must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident Alien with a household income that does not exceed $25,000 per year, with an additional $5,000 per year allowed for each additional child. (Example: The maximum annual income of a family with three children would be $35,000.) For more information you may call 1-800-54-STUDY or visit the website at http://heog.adhe.edu/. The application deadline date is June 1 for applicants enrolling in the fall term and November 1 for applicants enrolling in the spring term. Program funding is limited.
Governor’s Scholars Program – up to $4000 annually for graduating high school seniors based on academic achievement, test score and leadership. The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship for those scoring 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average, or are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholar pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. These are competitive awards and subject to funding/award limits. The application deadline is February 1 each year.
Applications and deadlines vary for scholarship and loan programs funded through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. For a detailed listing of programs and application information, check www.adhe.edu or call 1-800-54-STUDY.
All others can find contact information on the ETV Program website.
First Baptist Church
811 Port Arthur Ave.
Mena, AR 71953
(501) 296-1600 Arkansas Residents
(318) 326-3232 Louisiana Residents
(903) 255-3220 Texas Residents
All others should contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation Office.
These web sites contain valuable scholarship and financial aid information. Remember, private scholarship searches require patience and persistence, as well as an early start. These searches are free of charge. Please do not pursue scholarship searches which require a fee for processing your application information!
Questions? You can email OBU Student Financial Services or call the office, (870) 245-5570.