Students at Phillips Community College can save on tuition with this new scholarship

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Students at Phillips Community College can save on university tuition with this new scholarship. (Photo provided by Phillips Community College)

There’s no doubt that college is expensive. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 school year at public, four-year colleges and universities is $10,230 per year. For most families, that’s not exactly pocket change.

Attending Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) saves students and families thousands of dollars on a degree. And now, graduating from PCCUA can save you even more!

The University of Arkansas (U of A) has introduced a new scholarship program called the Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship, which reduces tuition rates for graduates with associate’s degrees from any of the two-year colleges in the University of Arkansas System who are transferring to the Fayetteville campus.

This new opportunity will enable any student, who earns an associate’s degree at a UA System community college, to transfer to the University of Arkansas to work toward a bachelor’s degree, while continuing to pay the same basic credit hour tuition they paid at their two-year institution. It’s the difference from paying the UA $252 per credit hour to PCCUA’s $73 per credit hour. A savings of $179 per credit hour!

In the local announcement, PCCUA Chancellor Dr. Keith Pinchback said, “We could not be any happier about this opportunity for them to transfer to our flagship institution to further their higher education while continuing to save thousands.”

Who’s eligible?

To be eligible to receive an Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship, a graduate of one of these schools must:

  • Be an Arkansas resident
  • Earn an associate’s degree in December 2018 or after
  • Have a cumulative 2.0-grade point average
  • Meet all other U of A admission criteria and program requirements
  • Enroll in an on-campus undergraduate degree program, full or part-time

“This scholarship shows the University of Arkansas’ diligent dedication to seeing that our graduates have the increased opportunity to reach their full potential when they leave our area, and we are very appreciative of this incredible opportunity,” Pinchback said.

The Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship applies to base tuition at the U of A, and recipients will still be required to pay all applicable fees as well as any differential tuition above the base rate charged by programs.

Students remain eligible to renew an Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship until earning a bachelor’s degree or completing 10 regular semesters, whichever comes first. To renew an Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship, a student must remain in good academic standing and stay enrolled at the U of A.

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