Welcome to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Financial Aid Website 

There are several sources you may be eligible to apply for to help fund your education such as federal and state financial aid, scholarships and additional sources of help.

FAFSA is the application used to determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid, including grants, loans, and work-study programs.

Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA early. Students should complete a FAFSA after they (or their parents) have completed their tax return, but students should not wait until April. Many schools award aid on a first come, first serve basis and students may miss state aid deadlines.

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To take full advantage, make sure to have:

  • 2015 tax returns for student and parent
  • 2015 W-2s for student and parent
  • Individual FSA ID for student and parent

Changes have been made beginning with the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  The 2017-2018 FAFSA will begin using “Prior-Prior Year” tax information.  This means that you will use 2015 income and tax information on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, which will allow you to complete the FAFSA earlier than ever before.



The FAFSA will become available on October 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 Academic Year, which begins August 2017.


Don't be late in completing the FAFSA. We are happy to assist you in completing the FAFSA.




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NOTE: The majority of our communication will take place via this website and your My.UAFS email. Please ensure that you are regularly checking your email for important information from our office.


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Excellence in Education Scholarship Program

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has greatly expanded its scholarship program to ensure that more students have the opportunity to attend the university and ultimately reach that next big step in their lives, whether that is a prestigious graduate school or a meaningful career.

An education from UAFS is already a financial value, but the university has increased the number and financial value of scholarships to help more students conquer the cost of a college education. 

To find out more about financial aid options available, visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website. Filling out the FAFSA allows you to be considered for the Federal PELL Grant, Stafford Loans, work-study positions, and additional scholarships. Completion of the FAFSA is strongly encouraged.

Here are a list of the types of scholarships offered




The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith work study program allows many students to gain valuable work experience while also helping them pay for college expenses. Most jobs allow for flexible work schedules and offer the convenience of working on campus. Work study creates an atmosphere to practice communication, interpersonal skills and time management. Your supervisor may become an excellent reference.


The Federal Work Study program is need-based employment and funding is provided by the federal government. In order to be able to participate in the federal work study program,a student must have completed a FAFSA for the school year in which they are applying for employment, and the student must be determined federal aid eligible.

The University Work Study program is not based on financial need and wages are paid by the University. Completion of the FAFSA is not required to participate in University Work Study.  The student is required to be enrolled in classes at our university.


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