The Program, now called the Military Dependents Scholarship Program (MDS), provides financial aid for undergraduate students seeking a bachelor’s degree or certificate of completion at any public college, university or technical school in Arkansas who qualify as a spouse or dependent child* of an Arkansas resident who has been declared to be missing in action, killed in action, a prisoner of war, or killed on ordnance delivery, or a veteran who has been declared to be 100% totally and permanently disabled during, or as a result of, active military service. *The Department of Higher Education uses the criteria of “dependent child” as defined by the U. S. Department of Education.
An Applicant must:
Be a bona fide Arkansas resident;
Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident alien;
Be the biological, legally adopted child OR spouse of an eligible Arkansas veteran;
Be enrolled, or be accepted for admission to, an approved school Arkansas public institution;
Provide required documentation as determined by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in order to determine eligibility.
The MDS scholarship will cover the unpaid portion of the cost (if any) of tuition and mandatory fees and a room and meal plan when provided in on-campus facilities after three (3) months of Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) or Chapter 35 benefits have been deducted from the total costs. If there is no positive balance after deduction of DEA benefits, then no benefits will be paid.
The MDS scholarship cannot be used to cover the cost of books, auto permit, damages or accessories to dorm room, or utility bills. The institution will be reimbursed for covered charges after verification of full-time (12 or more credit hours) enrollment each semester. Eligibility is limited to eight semesters or the achievement of a degree whichever occurs first. The spouse will no longer be eligible if he or she re-marries.
Continuing Eligibility Requirements
Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Must complete a minimum of 24 semesters hours per academic year.
Year of Need: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior,
Num Awards: Varies
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: Varies
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
423 Main Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
Contact Person: Financial Aid Division