AR Workforce Improvement Grant (WIG)

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S citizen or a permanent resident alien.
  3. Must be an Arkansas resident for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline.
  4. Must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) credit hours.
  5. Must be 24 years of age or older.
  6. Must be enrolled in a certificate program or an undergraduate associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.
  7. Must be enrolled, or be accepted for admission to, an approved school Arkansas public institution.
  8. Must demonstrate financial need, as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This grant is available for Arkansas non-traditional adult students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at an eligible Arkansas institution. The student must demonstrate financial need and must be 24 years of age or older.

Application requirements for the AR Workforce Improvement Grant (WIG) are:

  • Application form
Additional Information: The Workforce Improvement Grant is a need based grant for non-traditional students, those at least 24 years old. The program's goal is to help those students returning to school who have financial need but might not be eligible for assistance from traditional state and federal programs. ADHE distributes Workforce Improvement Grant funds to participating institutions based on the number of non-traditional students enrolled at each institution as a percentage of the total number of non-traditional students enrolled at participating institutions. The institutions then make awards to students based on procedures established by the institution in accordance with Workforce Improvement Grant rules and regulations. To be eligible, a student must have unmet need after consideration of any Pell Grant awarded and must meet the general eligibility requirements for federal financial aid programs.

Award Amount: Up to $2,000 annually, and not automatically renewable. Students must apply each year.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,117.

About Arkansas Department of Higher Education:
Contact Information: Margaret Baltz, Financial Aid Specialist
Address: 423 Main St., Suite 400 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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