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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Arkansas students can qualify for 'free' bachelor's degree

The University of Central Arkansas will offer a tuition-free bachelor's degree to in-state students from families earning less than $100,00 a year, report Hechinger's Olivia Sanchez. The scholarship won’t cover other costs such as textbooks, housing, food and transportation.

To be eligible for the UCA Commitment, students must qualify for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, which requires a minimum ACT score of 19 (19.5 is the national average) or an SAT score of 990 (1050 is the median nationally). After state and federal grants, UCA will cover the rest of tuition costs, said Houston Davis, the university president. He estimates 40 to 45 percent of first-year students will be eligible.

To retain the aid for four years, students must maintain a grade-point average of 2.5.

The university, which accepts 90 percent of applicants, charges $10,118 this year in tuition and fees.

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Nov 30, 2023

Well, that's very cool, because I think all students deserve to get a diploma, some more, some less, but they deserve it because they have already started their education. I had a very hard time getting my diploma, but I did, and I can say that if it wasn't for these specialists, I would hardly have stayed at my university at all. But thank goodness everything was well prepared and written, so I got my diploma and later became a truly qualified specialist who now has a completely different view of learning. And reading this article, I want to say that I would be very happy to see such materials more often, because how can you live without learning…


Richard Rider
Richard Rider
Nov 02, 2023

My stuff is outdated on CA UC and community colleges. But here's what I found 3 years ago: California gives away community college education at fire sale prices. Our California CC tuition and fees are the lowest in the nation. How low? Nationwide, the average community college tuition and fees are 2.6 times more than our CA community colleges.

This ridiculously low tuition devalues education to students – often resulting in a 25+% drop rate for class completion. In addition, because of grants and tax credits, up to 2/3 of California CC students pay no net tuition at all! One can opt out by filling out a simple, UNAUDITED “can’t pay” form.

Complaints about increased UC student fees…


Oct 12, 2023

Does Arkansas, like a few other states, grant "in state" status to students who are in undocumented status as to US citizenship? DACA kids, flat out "illegals", dual-nationals ...

I don't endorse or object but I would like to know to whom state policy and the University offer is directed.

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