Green Square Means In-State Tuition is Least Difficult University of Arkansas-Fayetteville In-State Rules

Rules and regulations for in-state residency vary by university, and so do the costs and benefits of earning residency status. Following you will find a synopsis of the major in-state requirements and a cost comparison overview of the tuition variance for the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas system, the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.

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University of Arkansas Tuition Overview:

$18,914 out-of-state tuition

$6,824 in-state tuition

$12,090 tuition savings/year


U of A Total Cost of Attendance:

$35,156 out-of-state residents

$23,066 in-state residents

$12,090 savings/year


University of Arkansas In-State Requirements:

A commitment to the state of Arkansas outside of solely or primarily attending school is a must.  In order to prove this to the university there are various requirements that must be met prior to the beginning of your six-month domicile period, and you must provide evidence of your ability to financially support yourself to a degree, as well as be gainfully employed in and by the state of Arkansas.

Overall, a good candidate for in-state tuition here is somebody who:

  • firmly wants to be and remain in Arkansas
  • is able to work in Arkansas
  • is able to get student loans as needed
  • is an adult who is significantly but not necessarily fully self-reliant
  • can sever all ties to other states
  • can remain in Arkansas throughout the domicile period with limited absences (including limited absences during academic breaks)


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University of Arkansas Out-of-State Tuition vs. In-State Tuition:

An annual tuition difference of $12,090 is nothing to sneeze at, and if you were to take a Gap Semester or Gap Year and live in Arkansas prior to attending, then that is a grand total savings of $48,360 across all four years. Now take that even further—if you have to make monthly loan payments after graduating, let’s say to pay off your loans with a 10-year (120-month) plan, with in-state tuition savings that means your loan payment would be $403 less each month!

University of Arkansas Financial Aid:

A couple things you need to know about financial aid as it relates to earning in-state residency at UA-Fayetteville:

1) Any financial aid including grants and scholarships that require your being a tax dependent of somebody OR require you to be an out-of-state resident will in general disqualify you from establishing residency.  This means that by accepting such awards, you will be getting no closer to in-state tuition.

2) Your financial aid is re-assessed after earning in-state status and your Expected Family Contribution will be taken into consideration in light of the reduced tuition you will owe.

See article: Do Your FAFSA…You Will Thank Us Later

University of Arkansas Grants:

Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Opportunities Grant)

This grant is for Arkansas residents with financial need (based on FAFSA).  $1,000/year for 4 years.

University of Arkansas Scholarships:

Academic Scholarships (based on GPA, test scores and other criteria)

University of Arkansas has an abundance of academic scholarships available to freshmen.  These competitive scholarships require a separate application and are awarded to the top applicants in the application pool for the year, with annual awards ranging from $1,000/year to $10,000/year.  Many are renewable for four years and some are available to Arkansas residents only.

New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award Scholarship (NRTA)

This scholarship is automatically granted to eligible students from neighboring states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma), and covers either 80% or 90% of the difference between in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition, depending on GPA and test scores.  An applicant with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.59, and ACT score of 24 or higher will be eligible for the 80% award (so tuition would be $8,032/year).  Applicants with a minimum 3.6 GPA and minimum 26 ACT score will receive the 90% award (so tuition would be $9,242/year).  This scholarship is renewable for four years if the recipient completes 24 hours per academic year and maintains a 2.75 cumulative GPA .

Check out the University’s scholarship page by clicking here.


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$18,914 out-of-state tuition/year

$6,824 in-state tuition/year

$12,090 potential savings/year

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