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Career Pathways


Career Pathways Initiative is made possible through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding. The program design assists eligible parents in completing an educational degree and entering a high-paying, high-demand career field.  Possible benefits for eligible students may include tuition and fees, textbooks, childcare, and fuel assistance to and from class.

In order to qualify you must:

1. Be a resident of Arkansas, and
2. Have custody of at least one child under the age of 21 years who lives in the home on a permanent basis, and
3. Have earned at or below 250% of the federal poverty level-$66,250 for a family of four (FY 2022).

If you said YES to all three, then you need to contact Career Pathways!

Call 870-512-7856 or email to set up an orientation.  Appointments can be made for Newport, Jonesboro or Marked Tree.

Required Documents:

  • Federal Tax Return - form 1040 only (Most Recent Year)
  • Applicant’s Photo ID (Driver's License or State-issued ID)
  • Social Security Card – Applicant and Child(ren)’s
  • Child(ren)’s Birth Certificate

*Benefits are based on the eligibility of the student and the availability of funds.

Career Pathways Forms & Approved Programs

Attendance and Work Verification
Career Pathways Initiative Handbook
Career Pathways Initiative Application

FY 22 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

CAREER PATHWAYS Approved Programs: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Any of the following technical programs:
Advanced Manufacturing
Agricultural Technology
Automotive Service
Business Technology
Certified Nursing Assistant
Collision Repair
Commercial Driver Training
Computer Networking Technology
Computer Numeric Control Operator
Culinary Services
Diesel Technology
Emergency Medical Technician
Energy Control Technology
Food & Service Management
High Voltage Lineman Technology
Hospitality Services
Industrial Maintenance
Patient Care Technician
Practical Nursing (acceptance letter required)
Surgical Technology (acceptance letter required)

Associate of Applied Science - Registered Nursing (ARNEC) (acceptance letter required)

Associate of Applied Science - Nursing (AASN) - Registered Nurse Traditional Pathway - LPN to RN (acceptance letter required)


Within one year of graduation in the following associate degrees:
Associate of Arts in General Education
Associate of Science – Liberal Arts & Sciences
Associate of Science – Natural Sciences
Associate of Science - Business
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Associate of Science – Education
Associate of Applied Science – Business Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child does not live in my home?
Your child must live in your home on a full time basis to be eligible.

What if I want to get my basics first, then transfer?
Career Pathways cannot cover basics.  The goal of the program is for you to obtain employment directly after completion of your program of study at ASUN.

What if I didn’t pay taxes last year and, therefore, have no tax return to submit?
If a tax return (form 1040) cannot be provided, you can request a Verification of Non-filing at

Are funds guaranteed every semester?
Career Pathways assistance is determined by eligibility and available funds in the grant.

What if I am already receiving the Pell grant?
If your program is Pell-eligible, Career Pathways funds may be able to cover what the Pell grant does not.