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Southern Arkansas University Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Southern Arkansas University (SAU), Magnolia, Arkansas, provides financial assistance on the basis of the family’s ability to contribute. Last year, the university awarded over $27,717,327 in financial aid through scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study assistance.

About 83% of students receive grants per year. These monetary benefits enable students to pay for their education without even having to repay back if it is in the form of scholarships and grants. Also, remember that you have a work-study program where a student will be involved in part-time work to pay for his tuition.

Planning on how to pay for college can be challenging. We’re here to help guide you through the financial aid process and provide assistance with your student account. Don’t stress about student finances, you’ll have enough to do, like hanging out with friends and studying for your classes.


University provides scholarships on the basis of student’s academic achievements, proven leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities- both in their schools and their communities. SAU’s merit-based scholarships are offered through the following programs:

  • After College Nursing Scholarship, is awarded to the students who are about to seek baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degrees in Nursing in SAU.
  • Southern Arkansas Merit Scholarship is awarded to the students based on the strength of their academic record

  • President’s Scholarship is offered to the fresher students of the university.

  • Dean’s Graduate Scholarship awarded to graduate students who have achieved academic achievements.

  • Faculty Scholarship, awarded to those who scored excellent high school grades.

  • University Scholarship awarded based on a combination of ACT/SAT scores.

International Scholarships

SAU provides scholarships to International Students, they are mentioned below:

  • Initial Scholarship, is awarded to the first-time freshmen coming to the University.

  • The Retention Scholarship is awarded to the students who are already seeking education at the University.


Grants are gift assistance which is awarded on the basis of financial aid. Various grants awarded to the students at the university are as follows:

Federal Grants

  • Federal Pell Grant, awarded only to those students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree.

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant(SEOG), this grant is awarded to those students who have less financial need.

State Grants

  • Southern Arkansas Scholarships are awarded to the students who are residents of Arkansas.


University provides loans to the students so that they can afford to pay for their education, this facility provided by the University really helpful for those applicants who are in need of financial support. The average federal loan amount is offered to the students of the University every year. Some of the educational loans offered by the SAU are mentioned below:

Federal Perkins Loan.

Federal Perkin loans have varying loan limits and it depends on the year in school. Limits for undergraduate students to get this loan is up to $5,500 per year and for graduate and professional students.

Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan

These loans have varying loan limits depending on the year in school, dependency status, and the amount awarded by the institution. 

To know more detailed information about these loans, you may visit the financial aid official website of the University.

Financial Aid Breakdown

Student Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid


State Grant Aid


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A federal grant is also an option for you if you meet the eligibility criteria, 54% of candidates cover up their expenses and the average of it is $4,837. The Pell grants average amount is $4,802 and serves 54% candidates.

In addition to these, the state grants also cover up the expenses of 53% of pupils and the average of it is  $1,154. You might depend upon the institutional scholarships and grants as almost 82% of all students get hold of them and the average of them is $6,619.

Federal Aid based on Family Income

Family Income

Average Federal Aid Per Year

Under $30,000


$30,001 - $48,000


$48,001 - $75,000


$75,001 - $110,000


Over $110,000


A student having an annual family income of less than $30,000 might face an aid amount of $9,754 as the net aid price. You will find this amount to be lowered up to $9,147 in case of an income between the range of $30,001 - $48,000.

The aid price decreases gradually as we talk about higher income brackets. For example, a family income ranging from $48,001 - $75,000 might make your net price look $8,241 and for a range of $75,001 - $110,000, your net aid price will amount to $5,826.

Student Loans for Southern Arkansas University

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