(MENA) The University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain has been building anticipation of the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville’s Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz’s commencement address and it did not disappoint, announcing to the Rich Mountain Class of 2019, that the University of Arkansas has a new scholarship program that reduces tuition rates for students who graduate with associate’s degrees from any of the two- year colleges in the University of Arkansas System and then transfer to the Fayetteville campus.
This unprecedented move will enable any student who earns an associate’s degree at a UA System community college to transfer to the University of Arkansas to work toward a bachelor’s degree, while continuing to pay the same basic credit hour tuition they paid at their two-year institution.
“For many students, particularly ones starting out at two-year institutions, financial need is one of the bigger obstacles to attaining a bachelor’s degree,” Steinmetz said. “It is our responsibility as the state’s flagship and land-grant university to reduce obstacles Arkansans face to earning a degree and improving the pathways to get there.”
The unprecedented move, called the Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship, will now allow associate degree graduates from the local two-year community college, now aligned with the University of Arkansas System, to transfer to the hill and continue to pay the same tuition rates as Rich Mountain.
U of A Rich Mountain Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson said he felt incredibly privileged to not only have Chancellor Steinmetz as the commencement speaker but to have him personally deliver this generous announcement on the local campus,
“This scholarship demonstrates the University of Arkansas’ commitment to providing additional opportunity for our graduates at Rich Mountain and all of the UA System’s two-year colleges,” said U of A Rich Mountain Chancellor Phillip Wilson. “It’s an opportunity that has the potential to transform the lives of countless families in our state.”
To be eligible to receive an Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship, a graduate of one of these schools must:
* Be an Arkansas resident
* Earn an associate’s degree in December 2018 or after
* Have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average
• Meet all other U of A admission criteria and program requirments
• Enroll in an on-campus undergraduate degree program, full or part-time
The Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship applies to base tuition at the U of A, and recipients will still be required to pay all applicable fees as well as any dfferential tuition above the base rate charged by programs.
Students remain eligible to renew an Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship until earning a bachelor’s degree or completing 10 regular semesters, whichever comes first.
This announcement follows a series of releases by the local U of A Rich Mountain of additional sports and again, Chancellor Wilson indicated more is yet to come.