Financial Aid |
Community College was founded on the belief in equal opportunity, the ideal of
making the benefit of a community college education available to all, regardless
of an individual’s financial need. Financial
Aid consists of grants, college work-study, scholarships and loans.
Apply for financial aid as early as possible. Call
the Helena-West Helena campus at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1258 or the DeWitt
campus at (870) 946-3506 or the Stuttgart campus at (870) 673-4201
for a financial aid packet. When you have completed your financial aid packet,
bring it by one of our campuses or mail it to P.O. Box 785, Helena, AR
Financial aid is awarded to students who show
financial need and who are maintaining satisfactory progress as defined by the
institution. To be eligible for financial aid you must: 1) Be a U.S.
Citizen, 2) Have a high school diploma or GED or pass the Compass Test; 3) Have
To apply for financial aid, complete the following
Complete a Free
Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). These are
available at all three campuses. Students may also apply online
www.fafsa.ed.gov. The financial aid worksheet form will assist you
in completing the on-line form:
The PCCUA School Code is: 001104
the FAFSA, you will need your and/or parents previous year 1040 Tax
return, proof of social security earnings, disability income,
A dependent student would provide
both the student's earnings (if any) and also the parent's earnings.
An independent student would need
only to show the student and spouse (if any) earnings.
Return the FAFSA to the Helena-West Helena
campus for electronic processing. (For Arkansas County, return the FAFSA
to the DeWitt or Stuttgart campus for processing.
You will receive notification in the mail of
the status of your financial aid within two to three weeks.
If you are attending PCCUA classes for the
first time and you are eligible to receive federal financial aid, you
will need to submit the following information:
copy of your high school transcript OR a copy of your most recent
college academic transcript;
completed financial aid
Student Data Form (available on all campuses).
If Eligible for Financial Aid:
If you are eligible for financial aid, you will receive
an Award Letter from the PCCUA Helena-West Helena campus financial aid office;
PCCUA staff will submit your awards form to the Business office.
If the amount of the award letter is greater than the
cost of tuition and books, the balance is paid to you in two payments.
Remember: Students who totally withdraw from all of
their classes may be required to repay federal dollars.
If you need help with your college finances, we offer
scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance. Many students and families
are pleasantly surprised to find that they are eligible for financial aid.
Other Financial Assistance:
Workforce Improvement Grant (sponsored by AR
Department of Higher Education) is designed to assist non-traditional students,
at least 24 years of age and older; not Pell eligible or who may be eligible for
a small amount; full-time or part-time status; must
complete FAFSA. For more information, contact the financial aid office.
Career Pathways (sponsored by ADHE)
Qualified applicants must be a parent or legal guardian of a child under 21
years of age; must be receiving Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) now, or
have received TEA in the past; be receiving food stamps, Medicaid, or ARKids;
have earnings that fall below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. Helena
students contact Deborah Gentry at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1081 or
Dewitt/Stuttgart students contact Gracie Jemerson at (870)
673-4201, ext. 1886, or
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State of Arkansas Scholarships- Complete the
universal application provided by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE).
Find the application at www.adhe.edu.
IDA (Individual Development Account)-
Participating banks work with low income families in a savings program to pay
for higher education needs such as tuition, books, and personal computer. For
information, contact: Mindy Maupin at (870) 816-1104.
Vocational Rehabilitation- Assistance is
provided to qualifying students based on physical or emotional handicaps.
Helena students contact (870) 338-2753. DeWitt/Stuttgart students contact: (870)
Workforce Investment Act- (WIA) Qualifying
students may be eligible for assistance with tuition, fees, and books.
Helena students contact: (870) 338-2710. Arkansas County students contact; (870)
Financial Aid Forms:
Many scholarships require
that the FAFSA be completed,
so complete the application even if you think you may be denied!
Application Packet (Includes Scholarship
and Admission Application PDF)
Phillips Community College offers a variety of scholarships to students.
Click for additional GRP scholarship information
Arkansas or Phillips County high school
graduates are eligible for the Great River Promise. Students who meet the stated criteria will be able to
attend Phillips Community College with college tuition and
mandatory fees paid.
(six awarded each year)
pays $1,000 each fall and spring, and full tuition for summer
session for two consecutive years. Requirements are: 25 ACT
composite; first time, full-time student; 3.0 cumulative GPA and
full-time status per semester required to maintain scholarship.
For an application:
This scholarship pays
full tuition each fall, spring and summer session for two
consecutive years. Requirements are: 23 ACT composite; first
time, full-time student. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time
status per semester are required to maintain scholarship. For an
pays full tuition each fall, spring and summer session for two
consecutive years. Requirements are: 23 ACT composite or 3.0 GPA
in high school technical curriculum; first time, full-time
student; student must enroll in a technical program. A minimum
2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time status per semester are required to
maintain scholarship. For an application:
Available to students from the
generous support of community donors, these scholarships are
available for students who are majoring in specific fields. For
more information about all scholarships, call
Stephanie Arnold at (870)
338-6474, ext. 1240 or stop by the Scholarship Office in the
Administration Building of the Helena-West Helena campus. In
Arkansas County, students can contact
Glenda Allen at (870) 946-3506,
ext. 1607 in DeWitt or
Toni Carter at (870) 673-4201,
ext. 1822 in Stuttgart for more information on this and all
financial aid matters.
(sponsored by Arkansas & Phillips
This provides financial assistance to
single parents who are pursuing a course of instruction, which
will improve their income-earning potential. Scholarships may be
used for tuition, books, utility bills, car maintenance, child
care, etc. For more information contact: Helena-West Helena
Campus: Lynn (870) 338-6474, ext. 1235; DeWitt Campus: Glenda (870)
946-3506, ext. 1607; Stuttgart Campus: Toni (870) 673-4201, ext.
Please note: Tuition scholarship
amounts are calculated at in-district rates.