Outside Aid

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.


Please click the tabs below for additional information.


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.


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 its 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.


Click here to visit the Alternative Private Loan page in My.UAFS


If you elect to use a different lender, they may send certification requests to finaid@uafs.edu 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 catwill@cox.net

P.E.O. Arkansas River Valley Scholarship Application PDF document (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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Gates Millennium Scholars


Latino College Dollars

African-American Scholarships

Hispanic Scholarships

Native American Scholarships

Asian American Scholarships



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.