Financial obligations to the university must be satisfied by the established deadlines. Payment may be made at the university Cashier’s Office in the Arkansas Union, Room 214, by cash, personal check, money order or certified check. Echeck (electronic check) and credit/debit payments are made online at UAConnect. If you pay with a debit or credit card, there is a convenience fee charged of 1.8 percent.
Acceptance of payment for fees does not imply academic acceptance to the university.
Estimated Necessary Expenses for an Academic Year
Estimates of necessary expenses for the 2016-17 academic year for a typical graduate student taking 24 credit hours at the University of Arkansas:
|Fee||Graduate Resident||Graduate Non-Resident|
Students enrolled in College of Business courses are charged differential tuition at $132.82 per credit hour more than standard graduate in-state tuition.
University fees per year include the following student-initiated and student-approved fees:
Student Activity fee, $2.64/credit hour $63.36
Room amount is provided by the cost of attendance as listed on the student budget from Financial Aid.
Budget amounts were adjusted for rounding to accommodate UAConnect budgetary rules.
When paying tuition, room and board, and associated fees, anticipated financial aid for a current semester may be deducted when it is listed as anticipated aid on the student's account. Students receiving financial aid are strongly encouraged to have sufficient personal funds available to purchase books and to meet necessary expenses for at least one month at the start of school as some aid funds may not be available for disbursement.
The latest information regarding costs and other aspects of university life may be obtained by calling or writing the Office of Graduate and International Recruitment, 213 Gearhart Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. In Arkansas, call 479-575-6246; from outside of Arkansas, call toll-free 1-866-234-3957.
Students classified as “in-state” for fee payment purposes are assessed tuition. Students classified as “out-of-state” for fee payment purposes are assessed additional non-resident tuition.
Official policies of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees provide the basis for classifying students as either “in-state” or “out-of-state” for purposes of paying student fees. Board policies relating to residency status for fee payment purposes are included at the end of this chapter of the catalog. Out-of-state students who question their residency classification are encouraged to contact the Registrar’s Office, 146 Silas H. Hunt Hall, for more information about residency classification review procedures.
Graduate students are assessed tuition fees of $409.94 per credit hour each semester. Graduate students with out-of-state residency status are assessed tuition of $1,046.76 per credit hour. Graduate students enrolled in the Walton College of Business courses are charged tuition at $542.76 per credit hour and $1,385.91 per credit hour for students with out-of-state residency.
Graduate students are assessed tuition fees of $409.94 per credit hour. Graduate students with out-of-state residency status are assessed tuition of $1,046.76 per credit hour. Graduate students enrolled in the Walton College of Business courses are charged tuition at $542.76 per credit hour and $1,385.91 per credit hour for students with out-of-state residency.
Academic Semesters and Summer Sessions
Students who officially withdraw (dropping ALL classes that have not been completed up to that time) from the University of Arkansas during the regular fall or spring semesters receive a cancellation of fees (see chart below), less an Administrative Withdrawal fee of $45. Students who officially withdraw from a summer session or who drop classes in the summer also receive a cancellation of fees (see chart below).
|Adjustment Percentage||If withdrawn|
|100%||Before the first day of the semester/session|
|90%||Through the first 10% of days in the semester/session|
|80%||Through the second 10% of days in the semester/session|
|70%||Through the third 10% of days in the semester/session|
|60%||Through the fourth 10% of days in the semester/session|
|50%||Through the fifth 10% of days in the semester/session|
|40%||Through the sixth 10% of days in the semester/session|
Students who pre-register for a semester will be invoiced approximately six weeks prior to the first day of classes. The Treasurer’s Office will send out an e-mail notification when the student invoices are available on UAConnect. You will log into UAConnect, navigate to the Finances section in your Student Center, and click the ‘Student Invoice’ link located under the My Account section.
Students who register for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters are required to pay all charges by the posted payment deadline. Students who fail to pay all charges or who fail to execute an installment payment plan by the deadline may be assessed a late payment fee equal to the outstanding balance, not to exceed $50.00.
Any student with an outstanding balance, to include registration-related fees and/or housing charges, by the last payment deadline will be assessed an additional late payment fee equal to the outstanding balance, not to exceed $50.00.
The late fee will not be waived because an invoice was not received.
Disbursement of Refunds
Disbursement of refunds due to overpayments by scholarships, loans, and/or grants will begin approximately five (5) days prior to the start of classes. The University of Arkansas has partnered with BankMobile to deliver financial aid and other school refunds to University of Arkansas students. Students should receive their welcome packet, in a bright green envelope, from BankMobile prior to the beginning of classes. Refund options include direct deposit to your current bank account, a paper check sent via U.S. mail, or creating a checking account with BankMobile. For more information visit www.refundselection.com.
Students may create a check address, which will be used specifically for overpayment checks. This address may be created in addition to the local and permanent addresses. If a check address is not created, the default address will be the permanent address. The student may change their address on UAConnect in the Student Center.
Teaching Equipment and Laboratory Enhancements Fees
These fees provide and maintain state-of-the-art classroom equipment and instructional laboratory equipment. These fees vary, based upon the student’s college of enrollment.
During the regular fall, spring and summer academic semesters, these fees are assessed on a per credit hour basis.
|College or School||Per Credit Hour Fee|
|Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences||$25.20|
|Arts And Sciences||$13.12|
|Education And Health Professions||$14.95|
Students Called into Active Military Service
When a student or student’s spouse is activated for full-time military service and is required to cease attending the University of Arkansas without completing and receiving a grade in one or more courses, they shall receive compensation for the resulting monetary loss as provided by Fayetteville Policy 504.2. The student must cease attendance because 1) the student is activated or deployed by the military or 2) the student’s spouse is activated or deployed by the military and the student or student’s spouse has dependent children residing in the household.
To be eligible for the compensation, the student must provide, prior to activation or deployment for military service, an original or official copy of the military activation or deployment orders to the university's Veterans Resource and Information Center. A student whose spouse is a service member shall provide proof of registration with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) of the U.S. Department of the Defense that establishes that dependent children reside in the household of the student and the service member.
Upon leaving the University of Arkansas because of active duty or deployment, the student may choose one of three compensatory options. The student may officially withdraw and receive full adjustment and refund of tuition and non-consumable fees for the term involved; the student can remain enrolled and arrange for a mark of “Incomplete” for each class and finish the courses 12 months after deactivation; or the student may receive free tuition and fees for one semester after deactivation. For more detailed information, read Fayetteville Policy 504.2.
Registration (in-state tuition) fees and Non-Resident Tuition for Graduate Assistants
Registration Fee. Any graduate student appointed to the position of Graduate Assistant whose appointment is equal to or greater than 50 percent may be granted registration fees (in-state tuition) in addition to the stipend.
Non-Resident Tuition. Any graduate student appointed to the position of Graduate Assistant whose percent appointment is equal to or greater than 25 percent shall, in addition to any stipend, be treated as an in-state student for tuition and fee purposes for the semester that they are on appointment.
Graduate assistantships are available for qualified students in numerous fields and must be obtained from the department in which the student is majoring or another appropriate unit. Recipients of these appointments are expected to carry a limited program of graduate studies. Graduate students appointed to the position of graduate assistant whose appointment is equal to or greater than 25 percent shall, in addition to any stipend, be classified as an in-state student for tuition and fee purposes only. In addition, in-state registration (tuition) fees may be paid for appointees of 50 percent or more although tuition is normally not paid for audited courses. Successful applicants must have good academic records, adequate preparation for graduate study in their major field, regular admission to the Graduate School, and must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.85 on all work taken for graduate credit, although some departments may require their graduate assistants to maintain a higher grade point average. See probation policy below.
Graduate students on 50 percent appointment must be enrolled in a minimum of six hours of graduate credit during the academic year and a minimum of three hours during the summer if on summer appointment. For the full policy, see the Graduate School Handbook, available on the Graduate School Web site at http://grad.uark.edu/.
Master’s students may hold a graduate assistantship for no more than four major semesters; a doctoral student may hold a graduate assistantship for no more than eight major semesters; a student who enters a doctoral program with only a baccalaureate degree may hold a graduate assistantship for no more than ten major semesters. The department/program may petition the Graduate School for an extension to these time limits, on a case by case basis.
Application forms may be obtained from the Dean of the Graduate School or from the head or chair of the department in which the student seeks to do his/her major work.
Information on other financial aid (loans and employment) can be obtained at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in Hunt Hall.
Graduate School Fellowships
Exceptionally promising new entrants to doctoral programs may be nominated at the time of application for University Doctoral Fellowships. These Fellowships are awarded competitively, and the stipend may be held in addition to a graduate assistantship.
Students on academic probation who have been in residence at UA Fayetteville for two or more semesters will not be allowed to receive a doctoral fellowship.
The Benjamin Franklin Lever Fellowship is designed to provide financial assistance to graduate students from under-represented groups and to provide a means by which the University can achieve greater diversity in the student body. To accomplish these purposes, the program funds a limited number of fellowships to qualified under-represented students who enroll in an on-campus program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville campus.
Contact the Graduate School, 346 N. Arkansas Ave., (479) 575-4401, for further information about the University Doctoral and the Benjamin Franklin Lever Fellowships.
Eligibility for Continuing Financial Aid
Graduate students are eligible for continuing financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid (e.g., student loans) if:
- the student completes, with grades of “C” or better, 67 percent of graduate courses attempted at the University, and
- the student has not yet completed more than 150 percent of the graduate credits required for his/her degree.
Students wishing to continue receiving financial aid who do not meet these requirements will petition the Student Aid Committee.
Academic Probation Policy for Graduate Students
Whenever a regularly admitted graduate student earns a cumulative grade-point average below 2.85 on graded course work taken in residence for graduate credit, he/she will be warned of the possibility of academic dismissal. When a graduate student has accumulated a minimum of 15 hours of graded course work taken in residence for graduate credit with a cumulative grade-point average below 2.85 and has received at least one warning, he/she will be academically dismissed from the Graduate School. This policy is effective with students entering the Graduate School in Fall 2002, or later. For the policy in effect before this time, contact the Graduate School.
Graduate teaching and research assistants and students on Lever, Doctoral, or other Graduate School fellowships must maintain a CGPA of at least 2.85 on all course work taken for graduate credit. If a student’s CGPA falls below 2.85 on six or more hours of graduate work (one full-time semester), notification will be sent to the students and his/her department. If the CGPA is below 2.85 at the end of the next major semester (fall or spring), the department will not be allowed to appoint the student to an assistantship until such time as his/her CGPA has been raised to the required level.
The University of Arkansas is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education for veterans and veterans’ beneficiaries who are working toward a degree. Veterans of recent military service, service members, members of reserve units, and the dependents of certain other servicemen may be entitled to educational assistance payments under the following programs: Post 911, Title 38, Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill for Veterans; Title 38, Chapter 32, Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP); Title 38, Chapter 35, Survivors and Dependents Education; and Title 10, Chapter 106, Montgomery GI Bill for Selective Reserves.
All students must be working toward a degree and should follow the curriculum outline for their objectives since only specific courses may be applied toward VA certification and graduation. Persons eligible for educational benefits should contact the Office of the Registrar for information.
Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Senior Citizens
Arkansas residents who are 60 years of age or older and show proper proof of age may choose to have on-campus tuition and fees waived for on-campus courses under the senior citizen waiver of fees. Admission and enrollment under these conditions is open only on a “space available” basis in existing classes and students choosing to use this waiver may not register until just prior to the beginning of the term.
Room and Board
(Rates are subject to change)
Housing for married students, students with family status, nontraditional, graduate, and law students is limited and requires early application.
Summer rates for room and board in university residence halls with unlimited meal plans for 2017 summer sessions are $36.63 per day for single-occupancy rooms. Charges start on the requested move-in day and run through the date of check-out. Contact University Housing for information on meal plans 479-575-3951.
Specific questions concerning on-campus living may be directed to Residence Life and Dining Services 479-575-3951. Specific questions concerning sorority and fraternity living may be directed to the Office of Greek Affairs 479-575-4001.
Students eligible to live off-campus may contact local real estate offices for rental information or check http://offcampushousing.uark.edu/.
Other General Fee Information
Checks tendered to the university are deposited immediately. The university does not accept postdated checks. Checks returned for “insufficient funds” (NSF checks) are generally presented for payment only once. Each check returned by a bank for any reason will be assessed a returned check fee. The university may, at its discretion, verify available bank funds for any checks written for payment of indebtedness before accepting a check.
The University of Arkansas reserves the right to withhold transcripts or priority registration privileges, to refuse registration, and to withhold diplomas for students or former students who have not fulfilled their financial obligations to the University. These services may also be denied students or former students who fail to comply with the rules governing the audit of student organization accounts or to return property entrusted to them.
Requests for exceptions to the university’s fees, charges, and refund policies must be made in writing. Instructions for submitting requests for exceptions to the various fees, charges, and refund policies of the University may be obtained as follows:
- For residence life and dining services fees, charges, and refund policies contact Residence Life and Dining, Attention: Assistant Director for Business, Hotz Hall, Ninth Floor, (479) 575-3951.
- For parking services fees, charges, and refund policies contact: Parking and Transit, Administrative Services Building, 155 Razorback Road, (479) 575-3507.
- For all other fees, charges, and refunds, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 214 Arkansas Union, Attention: Treasurer.
Students receiving financial aid are strongly encouraged to have sufficient personal funds available to purchase books and to meet necessary expenses for at least one month at the start of school as some aid funds may not be available for disbursement.
Students are allowed to have automobiles at the university, although parking is quite limited. There is a parking permit and registration fee for each vehicle, varying in cost depending upon the parking option selected.
|FACILITIES FEE||Provides support dedicated specifically to campus facilities needs, including major projects and deferred maintenance.||$14.00|
|MEDIA FEE||The University’s student publications, specifically the Arkansas Traveler newspaper and the Razorback yearbook, are partially funded by the media fee. Students reserving a copy are provided with a Razorback yearbook.||$.84|
|NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE AND DATA SYSTEMS FEE||Provides support for the development and operation of the campus network, including electronic equipment, servers with software, and cabling. The network systems serve computer labs, academic and administrative buildings, residence halls and off-campus access facilities. Data systems will enable Web-based access to the University’s information systems for students, faculty, and staff. Also provides support for upgrades and replacement of the student information system.||$10.48|
|STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE||Empowers the Associated Student Government (ASG) to make funding available to over 300 Registered Student Organizations and program activities on campus to develop lasting friendships and leadership abilities and provide all students with a unique opportunity to participate in cultural, social, educational, and recreational events throughout the year.||$2.64|
|STUDENT HEALTH FEE||Covers Wellness and Health Promotion educational programs and healthy student behavior programs to maintain health and safety. Covers individual consultations with a certified wellness coach, consultation with a Registered Dietitian and consultation with an Orthopedic Specialist from the community. Student Health Fee also provides students access to sexual assault counseling, prevention and advocacy services. The Student Health Fee also covers several mental health services, such as 24-hour mental health emergency care, the cost for two intake assessments with a mental health clinician per semester, most group counseling sessions, case management/referral services, psychiatric nurse consultations, refill requests and outreach/advocacy.||$7.25|
|TRANSIT FEE||Helps fund the Razorback Bus Transit System, which services the campus and neighboring community year round.||$2.88|
|LIBRARY FEE||Provides additional support for library materials acquisitions||$2.70|
Assessed each academic semester for which the student is enrolled: fall, spring, and summer
Per Credit Hour