ADHE's YOUniversal Scholarship Application

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) has a single-source online application process for all 21 financial aid programs it administers, called the YOUniversal Application.  It must be completed to receive funding from the Arkansas state financial programs.  In addition to the YOUniversal Application, all applicants must complete the Free  Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The deadline for the YOUniversal application is June 1 for both fall and spring semesters for the upcoming academic year.

With the online application you can:
  • Search for scholarships and grants
  • Create your account
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Check your status
  • See when payments are made to your school
  • Receive alerts and notices through email
  • Manage your account 24/7
You may access the ADHE application at the following link: YOUniversal Online Application

Smart Phone Application

The Department of Higher Education also has a free smart phone application –with customer service help available via text – for Arkansans to apply for state financial aid and check the status of their awards. The smart phone application allows students to complete the YOUniversal financial aid scholarship application from their iPhone, Android, or other device with a browser, as well as the capability to check their status and accept awards from their handheld.

ADHE Contact Information

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s Financial Aid Division administers most of the financial aid programs for higher education in Arkansas.  The division's major responsibilities include printing, distribution and processing financial aid applications and distributing financial aid funds to institutions. For additional information about financial aid, you may call them at 1-800-54-STUDY, or in the Little Rock area, 501-371-2050, or e-mail ADHE at

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