ArFuture Grant Pays Full Tuition for Community and Technical College

On, Dec. 8th, 2016, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the creation of the Arkansas Future Grant for traditional, home school and non-traditional students in Arkansas. This grant will be available on a first come, first serve basis and will provide two years of tuition and fees at an Arkansas community or technical college to any student enrolling in high demand fields of study, such as computer science or welding.

In order to ensure success, students will be required to meet monthly with a program mentor. Also, upon graduation, students must work full-time in Arkansas for a minimum of three years. If a student is unable to complete their commitment, the grant will revert to a loan for repayment to the State of Arkansas.

Through the new ArFuture Grant, we are ensuring that all Arkansans have access to affordable higher education. This plan will not only increase access to post-secondary education by removing the financial hurdles that keep many from enrolling, but it will also incentivize our students to better themselves by providing an opportunity to climb the economic ladder, while serving their communities.

ArFuture will send a clear message to prospective employers that the state is committed to building the 21st century workforce that will attract industry and allow the Arkansas economy to thrive.
— Governor Hutchinson

Students eligible for the ArFuture Grant must be high school graduates with established residency. This also includes students who were home schooled or received their GED. Students who are taking concurrent credit courses are not eligible.

Prospective students are required to apply for a Federal Pell Grant and there is not a grade point average requirement to receive the grant. Recipients may enroll as full-time or part-time students at any in-state community college and must complete 8 hours of community service per semester.

If passed, the ArFuture Grant will be available for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Read the full press release at the link below.