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Arkansas Teacher Academy Scholarship | ATA

High School Graduate Students Teachers Non-Traditional Students
Arkansas Teacher Academy Scholarship Picture

Disclaimer: The laws, rules, regulations, award amounts, amount of awardees, eligibility criteria, funding per program, etc., are subject to change at any point prior to, during, or after application through the SAMS application. These changes will be based on changes in law or funding provided by the Arkansas General Assembly. It is understood that ADHE is not at fault for any changes that occur to any financial aid program. In addition, awards for all ADHE programs are limited by the availability of funds.

The Arkansas Teacher Academy Scholarship is a program that offers aspiring teachers up to $5,000 for tuition and program fees each semester for undergraduate studies.  For every year a student receives funding, the student is required to teach in an Arkansas public school.  Graduate programs may also be covered with the same work requirement.

Requirements: Within one year of completion, Academy attendees must teach in an Arkansas public school for each year of funding received.  Acceptance in the Arkansas Teacher Academy Scholarship program from participating institutions.

Who May Apply:

Students with some or no college credit can qualify. However, they must maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester, towards becoming a licensed teacher in Arkansas.

Award Amount:
Up to $5,000 per semester for tuition and program fees

Annual Deadline
August 1

State Teacher Education Program Picture

Disclaimer:  The laws, rules, regulations, award amounts, amount of awardees, eligibility criteria, funding per program, etc., are subject to change at any point prior to, during, or after application through the SAMS application. These changes will be based on changes in law or funding provided by the Arkansas General Assembly. It is understood that ADHE is not at fault for any changes that occur to any financial aid program. In addition, awards for all ADHE programs are limited by the availability of funds.

STEP is a loan repayment program that offers yearly loan repayment grants to current educators teaching in a subject or geographic shortage area in an Arkansas public school. Teachers must reapply each year and are eligible for up to three years.

  • October 1, 2023 - STEP application opens - apply through your ADHE SAMS account at https://sams.adhe.edu/
  • June 1, 2024 - Priority deadline - all documentation must be postmarked by June 1, 2024
  • July 1, 2024 - Final deadline to apply
  • July 15, 2024 - All documentation must be postmarked by July 15, 2024
  • Requirements: Graduated after April 1, 2004; Teaching in a Geographic or Subject Shortage Area.
  • Documents Required: College Transcript with Graduation Date; Lender Payment Information.
  • Award Amount: Up to $6,000 of remaining loan balance per year paid directly to lender.

Who May Apply:
Eligible educators who are practicing in a geographic and/or subject shortage area of the state, and have outstanding federal student loan debt.

Award Amount:
Up to $6,000 of remaining loan balance

Annual Deadline
July 1

Teacher Opportunity Program Picture

Disclaimer:  The laws, rules, regulations, award amounts, amount of awardees, eligibility criteria, funding per program, etc., are subject to change at any point prior to, during, or after application through the SAMS application. These changes will be based on changes in law or funding provided by the Arkansas General Assembly. It is understood that ADHE is not at fault for any changes that occur to any financial aid program. In addition, awards for all ADHE programs are limited by the availability of funds.

The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3000 (The academic year is defined as summer, fall, and spring semesters, in that order, per ADHE)Unfortunately, payments made with scholarships, grants, or aid given through a third party is not considered for reimbursement.

  • October 1, 2023 - TOP application opens - apply through your ADHE SAMS account at https://sams.adhe.edu/
  • June 1, 2024 - Priority deadline - all documentation must be postmarked by June 1, 2024
  • July 1, 2024 - Final deadline to apply
  • July 15, 2024 - All documentation must be postmarked by July 15, 2024
  • Requirements: Employed as Classroom Teacher/Administrator in Arkansas; Maintain Current Teacher/Administrator Arkansas License
  • Documents Required: College Transcript; Itemized Statement, Copy of Paid Receipt for Semester(s) you are Seeking Reimbursement, and Copy of Syllabus if Seeking Reimbursement for Books
  • Award Amount: Up to $3,000 per year. Funds are disbursed directly to the applicant.

Award Amount:
$3000

Annual Deadline
July 1