Outside aid includes any financial aid that does not fall into the federal, state, or institutional categories. This usually includes outside scholarship opportunities and third party payments from outside agencies.
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What are Outside Scholarships?
Outside scholarships are typically based on merit achievement, performance, or some unique personal attribute. We encourage students to speak with everyone they know to ask about outside scholarship opportunities. Some agencies that typically offer scholarships include local businesses, parents’ employers, civic organizations, churches, and free online searches.
Alternative Private Loans
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS) partners with Great Lakes Educational Loan Services to provide access to FastChoice, an easy-to-use educational loan search engine. FastChoice does not provide an exhaustive list of all alternative loan lenders, nor a preferred lender list. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith does not guarantee a student's satisfaction with the services and products provided by these or any other lenders. Loan product disclosures can be found on each lenders application/website. If the lender has provided UAFS with a copy of it’s disclosure, it can be found on the campus intranet, My.UAFS. You, the student, are not required to use one of the lenders on this list. If you prefer to use a different lender, you will have to contact them directly to determine what the application process is for their institution.
If you elect to use a different lender, they may send certification requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 479-788-7095.
Sections 34 CFR 601.1(d) and 34 CFR 668.14(b)(29) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 states that Alternative Lenders and Institutions of higher education must provide you with a copy of the Self-Certification form. Most lenders include this in their application, however the link to the self-certification form can be found at the below link.
(Provided to UAFS by lenders, in alphabetical order)
(Effective July 1, 2020: Beginning with the 2020/2021 Academic Year, Wells Fargo will no longer be originating new private student loans. More information can be found on their website (linked.)
As of 9/22/2020, Wells Fargo is will be exiting the student lending business. Based on this business decision, they will only accept new student loan applications from their existing student loan customers through January 28, 2021. Questions regarding this change should be directed to Wells Fargo customer service.
For questions regarding alternative loans at UAFS, contact Evonne Meeks, Associate Director of Financial Aid, at Evonne.Meeks@uafs.edu. If you elect to use a different lender, they may send certification requests to email@example.com or fax them to 479-788-7095.
External Scholarship Opportunities
P.E.O. Arkansas River Valley Scholarship
For more information and/or questions please contact Cathy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.E.O. Arkansas River Valley Scholarship Application (PDF will open in a new tab)
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (Link will open in a new tab)
Additional External Scholarship Opportunities - These external scholarship opportunities are not affiliated with UAFS, each has its own application. Applying for these scholarships is separate from the UAFS Foundation and UAFS Prestigious Scholarships.
Free Online Scholarship Searches
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NOTE: We do encourage students to avoid fee-based scholarship searches because there are so many free resources already available.
For information about outside scholarship procedures at UAFS, please visit Processing Outside Scholarships.