Making College Affordable

University of the Ozarks is committed to providing exceptional value at an affordable cost.


Do you think a private education is out of reach because of the cost involved?
Lots of students may think that.


Financial Aid will help

In reality, the majority of students at private colleges come from families earning less than $30,000 annually, and in Arkansas, they typically graduate owing less than students who attend state-supported colleges and universities. How? Financial aid!

One thing you’ll learn about Ozarks is that we have alumni and donors who realize the impact of “giving back.” Thanks in part to their generous support, we’re able to provide more than $8 million annually to help more than 90 percent of our students fund their education!

Ozarks Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships – the University awards nearly $1.2Million per year in scholarships that have been created by alumni and friends for the exclusive use of Ozarks students. The scholarships have a variety of requirements, sometimes they are geography based, sometimes restricted by major, sometimes the only criteria is “a deserving student”. Your admission counselor, after getting to know you, will help the financial aid staff in identifying possible scholarships.

Merit Scholarships – the University works to create an academically diverse student body and to ensure the diversity it has created scholarships that require meritorious prior acts. Examples of merit scholarships include strong academic performance in high school or at another college.

Need Based Scholarships – the University was founded in 1834 to serve the community, to serve humanity and prepare young people for the life ahead of them. Often students need financial support greater than the resources provided by their family. The University, using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will work with you and your family to find additional resources in the form of need based aid.

Federal Aid

Almost every student is eligible for some type of federal financial aid. You may qualify for any of several federal, state, or university funded grants if you meet certain income requirements. These grants are gifts of money you can use to pay your direct costs…you do not have to pay it back. If you don’t qualify for a grant, you may still qualify for a federal subsidized loan. If you take out one of these loans, you don’t start to accrue interest on the money you borrow until you are out of school. Even those who don’t qualify for need-based aid might qualify for an unsubsidized loan, which means you don’t have to make loan payments until you finish school.

State Aid

Many states offer varying support for college. If you are an Arkansas resident (60% of our students call Arkansas home) you may be eligible for the Arkansas Challenge Award. The scholarship is awarded on tiered class-based system. In the freshman year a student can receive $1,000 and by the time they are a senior they may receive $5,000. Unlike many other institutions that assume the increase is available to cover tuition increases or replace other aid – at Ozarks we will work with each student to try and decrease his or her loan commitments, as the state increases the award.


WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO

Clarksville P.E.O. chapter establishes annual scholarship

The P.E.O. Chapter “Q” of Clarksville has established a $500 scholarship that will be awarded each year to a female freshman at the University.

$10 million gift establishes Frontier Scholarship Program at Ozarks

University of the Ozarks has announced a $10 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation establishing an endowed scholarship program to assist promising students from low and middle income families. President Richard L. Dunsworth announced the new Frontier Scholarship Program to the campus community in the University's Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel on Monday morning.

U of O receives $740,000 gift for student study abroad endowment

University of the Ozarks has received a bequest of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from the estate of Virginia L. King to endow a fund that will aid students in pursuing study abroad and international program opportunities.