UAMS Non-Resident Academic Tuition Waiver

Eligible: New and Continuing CHP Students – Non-Arkansas Residents

Background and Purpose

The UAMS Non-Resident Academic Tuition Waiver program is established with the following objectives:

  1. Enable UAMS to recruit and retain students into its education programs who exhibit the highest level of academic achievement.
  2. Improve UAMS’ ability to compete with its peer institutions in other states for highly sought after students.
  3. Increase the geographic diversity of the applicant pools for UAMS education programs.
  4. Help defray rising cost of education for students from other states who could not afford to enroll at UAMS otherwise.

Priority will be given to awards that result in fulfilling strategic planning goals for UAMS, the college and/or program, including for example, goals for program competitiveness, student scholastic achievement, or diversity. The recipient’s resident status (state of legal residence) will not be affected and will be categorized as out of state students for admissions purposes.

The College of Health Professions can award up to six Non-Resident Academic Tuition Waivers per scholarship cycle.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant for the Non-Resident Academic Tuition Waiver (“applicant”) must plan to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree or post-baccalaureate or advanced or graduate certificate at UAMS.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled for a minimum of 0.5 FTE (half-time or full-time), as defined by the program/college to which she/he is accepted.
  3. The applicant must be accepted by, or enrolled in, a UAMS college or the Graduate School for the period for which he/she is applying for the tuition waiver.

Selection Criteria

  1. Applicants must have an excellent academic record that promises a successful academic career. Since specific tests and other measures of academic performance vary widely, each college/school will establish written requirements for academic performance and those standards will accompany these program guidelines.
  2. Each college/school will judge the alignment of the applicant’s academic and professional goals with the goals of the college/program.
  3. Other factors that may be considered include academic citizenship, community involvement (service learning), and leadership.
  4. Preference will be given to applicants who: a) plan to stay in Arkansas after graduation; or b) have established ties to the state which increase the likelihood that they will stay in the state to work after graduation. These ties or connections to the state should be explained in the application. Applicants who cannot demonstrate these ties or intentions are still eligible to apply.

Application Process

  1. The applicant must submit to the Dean a completed Non-Resident Academic Tuition Waiver Program Application by published deadlines.
  2. The applicant must include two (2) letters of reference from persons familiar with his/her academic work and professional character. If the applicant provided letters of reference as part of an admission packet, those letters may be used to fulfill this part of this application.
  3. Tuition Waiver decisions will be made once the application period closes.