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- 2024 High School Graduate
- Arkansas Resident and U.S. citizen
- 19+ ACT superscore or 990-1010 SAT and 3.00 HS GPA
- Household income under $70K AGI
(Adjusted Gross Income)
- Completed FAFSA
- Complete the Arkansas Challenge Lottery application
- CSS Profile may also be required*
How Does the A-State Promise Plus work?
For qualified students A-State applies any Pell Grants, Arkansas Challenge/Lottery scholarships, and financial aid to the cost of tuition and fees, then uses the A-State Promise Plus to cover the remainder for up to 30 hours of tuition per academic year. In addition to the last-dollar scholarship for tuition and fees, first-year students receive a $2,500 housing scholarship toward the cost of living on campus.
Who qualifies for the A-State Promise Plus?
Residents of the state of Arkansas with a minimum 19 ACT and a family income of $70,000 or less (Adjusted Gross Income)
The A-State Promise Plus Scholarship is only available to traditional, on-campus students. A-State Online students are not eligible.
What is the process?
Apply for admission to Arkansas State University. You can apply immediately at AState.edu/Apply.
Fill out the College Board’s CSS Profile. You can also complete this step immediately at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/.
Complete the FAFSA. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the new simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be open by Dec. 1, 2023.
We are encouraging students for the entering Class of 2024 to complete these three steps by Feb. 1, 2024, for their best opportunity to enroll, but students will have until June 1, 2024, to finish their FAFSA.
How do I maintain my A-State Promise Plus scholarship?
Complete 30 hours of coursework at Arkansas State University and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA as well as annually completing the FAFSA and any Arkansas Challenge or Lottery Scholarship requirements.
What are the details of the eligibility criteria?
To qualify for the A-State Promise Plus:
- Your family income is $70,000 or less (based on the Adjusted Gross Income or AGI from federal income tax form)
- You must be a resident of the state of Arkansas, as defined by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Policy, Section 5.10
- Accepted for admission at Arkansas State University
- Complete the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship application
- Meet Federal Title IV eligibility criteria
- Annually complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1 each year
- Complete 15 credit hours each semester for a 30-hour total each academic year
- Maintain a grade-point average of 2.5
Why is filling out the FAFSA required?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid allows A-State to determine your eligibility for need-based aid, and is required by the federal government for all federal financial aid that includes grants (like the Pell Grant), scholarships and loans. Along with missing out on A-State Promise Plus, students and their families are likely not maximizing the financial aid they could qualify for.
How much will A-State provide through Promise Plus?
A-State’s role is to support each individual with the scholarship necessary to bring their tuition and fees balance to zero. The amount will vary depending upon how much in federal and state grants each student qualifies for. The fixed amount is the Plus, which can only be applied to room and board costs. In the first year, students who stay on campus will receive $2,500. For the student’s second through fourth year when living on campus, they will receive $4,500.
How is this different from previous “last dollar” scholarships?
When the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery was established in 2009, Arkansas State University was among the first to supplement the ASL’s annual Academic Challenge Scholarships with what was then known and trademarked as the Arkansas Promise Scholarship starting in 2010-11. Over the years, A-State has provided other opportunities based upon need. The main difference between the past scholarships and the A-State Promise Plus is the additional support for living on-campus and the guarantee that qualifying students will have no cost for tuition and fees.
*How do I know if CSS Profile is required?
The CSS Profile is meant to be used in addition to -not in place of- the FAFSA, due to the Department of Education’s delay with the FAFSA 2024-25 you can get an early start on knowing what your eligibility will be by completing the CSS Profile for 2024-25.
When the FAFSA becomes available you will be required to complete it too.
You only need to fill out the CSS Profile if the FAFSA is not available. To check the FAFSA 24-25 availability visit FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid