There are many sources of financial aid for which students may apply. A brief definition of these programs is included in this guide. Detailed information on these sources may be obtained from the Southeast Arkansas College Financial Aid Office. The primary sources of assistance may be categorized in these four areas: Federal, State, Institutional and Public/Private.
Federal. The federal government is the largest source of aid for Southeast Arkansas College students. The federal aid programs include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study, and the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program, including Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and Parent (PLUS) Loans. A great source of information about federal student aid may be found online at https://studentaid.ed.gov.
State. The State of Arkansas provides grants and scholarships. State financial aid includes the Governor’s Scholars programs, Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, and others. Contact the Arkansas Department of Higher Education for more information at (501) 371-2000. Additional information about these scholarships may also be found at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s website at http://scholarships.adhe.edu. Applications are available online between October 1 and June 1 each year.
Institutional Aid. Southeast Arkansas College offers many scholarships. Students must be enrolled full-time each semester to be eligible for the scholarships and must meet the prescribed criteria for scholarship renewal.
SEARK College Trustee Scholarship- awarded to at least one high school graduate from each high school in the College’s service area. It is a merit-based scholarship of $2000 per year.
SEARK Leadership Scholarship- is a merit-based of $1,000 scholarship per year.
SEARK College Arkansas Scholars Scholarship–available to a limited number of graduating seniors from Dollarway High School, Pine Bluff High School, Watson Chapel High School, or White Hall High School meeting certain eligibility requirements. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 per year.
SEARK College Non-Traditional Student Scholarship- is a merit-based and is for students that are 25 years of age and older, with preference given to those who are not eligible for federal student aid. Information on institutional aid programs is available from the Financial Aid Office. This scholarship is valued at $800 per year.
Scholarship details may be obtained in the SEARK College Admissions Office, Financial Office or the College’s Website.
Public/Private. Many civic and private organizations award funds based on academic achievement, a talent or skill, financial need, or a major course of study. These funds generally do not have to be repaid.