Financial Aid


We work hard to make the University of Central Arkansas one of the best education values in the country — and make a world-class college education a reality for you. Surprise costs? Not from us. UCA has the best, most consistent five-year trend of tuition and fees compared to other universities throughout Arkansas. 


Your first step is to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at UCA’s financial aid school code is 001092.


Arkansas students need to complete the Academic Challenge Scholarship (lottery) application at

Apply as early as possible for both admission and financial aid.

Financial Aid Overview Video

97% of students receive financial aid!

The Office of Student Financial Aid works closely with incoming and current students to help fund and achieve educational goals. We have counselors to support and guide you through the financial process.

For additional information, call UCA’s Office of Student Financial Aid at (501) 450-3140 or email


UCA students receive $6.5 million in scholarships annually. But understanding the process can be intimidating. That’s why we’re here to help! Our Financial Aid Office is full of highly trained and experienced staff that can make sure you have everything you need, including an understanding of the scholarship process.

In-State Tuition for Out-of-State Students

UCA offers in-state tuition for eligible students in the neighboring states of Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri. Add that discount to our easy drive and outstanding programs, and you’ll see why so many out-of-state students make Central Arkansas their college home.


To find out more about the benefits and savings available at UCA, request a campus view book below – or for more detailed questions, email