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AR Futures Grant

Attend these programs for Free at ASU-Newport!

Arkansas's newest grant program is here to increase the education and skills of Arkansas' workforce!  This grant program is designed to cover tuition and fees for qualifying certificate and degree programs at ASU-Newport (list below).


If you have any questions, contact financial aid at 870-512-7713 or 870-680-8747, or email them at

  • Advanced Manufacturing – CP/TC
  • Criminal Justice – AS
    • Crime Scene Investigation – CP/TC/AAS
    • Law Enforcement Administration-CP/TC/AAS
  • Computer Networking Technology – TC/AAS
    • Information Communication Technology – CP
  • Education – AS
  • Energy Control Technology – TC/AAS
  • Health Professions:
    • Certified Nursing Assistant - CP
    • Emergency Medical Technician – CP
    • Patient Care Technician - CP
    • Phlebotomy – CP
    • Practical Nursing – TC
    • Registered Nursing – AAS (ARNEC)
    • Traditional Registered Nursing – AAS
    • Surgical Technology – TC
  • Natural Sciences – AS
  • Welding – TC
    • Construction Welding – CP
    • Manufacturing Welding – CP

If you are enrolled or plan to enroll in these programs, then you might qualify for the AR Futures Grant!

Here's what it takes to qualify:

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must:

  • Have either graduated from an Arkansas public school, private school, home school or received high school equivalency diploma approved by the Department of Career Education; OR verify that he or she has resided within the state for the three (3) years immediately preceding application and has 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 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)

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

A student may continue to be eligible until the student has:

  • Received an associate degree;
  • Received funding from the ArFuture Grant for five (5) semesters;
  • Failed to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as determined by their institution of higher education; or
  • Failed to complete mentoring or community service requirements

Application Deadline

The application deadline is July 1 for the fall semester and January 10 for the spring semester.  

Amount of Grant:

An Arkansas Future Grant shall be in an amount equal to the tuition, fees, and other charges incurred by an eligible student less the amount received from state-supported scholarships, federal student financial assistance, and private scholarships.

If the approved institution of higher education in which the student is enrolled is a four-year institution of higher education, the total amount of tuition, fees, and other charges shall be calculated as the average cost of tuition, fees, and other charges at approved two-year institutions of higher education.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis in the order in which applications are received from eligible students.

Grant funds will be distributed directly to the institution of higher education on behalf of the student. 

Grant Recipient Requirements:

A student who receives an Arkansas Future Grant shall enter into a written agreement with the Arkansas Division of Higher Education to:

  • Receive monthly mentoring from a mentor from an organization determined by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education; and
  • Complete at least ten (10) hours of community service each semester the student receives a grant; and
  • Reside in this state for three (3) consecutive years and be employed beginning within six (6) months after receiving an associate degree or a certification.

If the student fails to meet this requirement, the grant will convert into a loan at an interest rate and term determined by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education. 

Important Note: The Arkansas Division of Higher Education will delay the work requirement if education beyond an Associate Degree is pursued.  The work requirement need not be full-time nor in the field of study to qualify.