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Seven Easy Steps to Admission and Enrollment

Step 1: Admissions

  • Complete an Online Application for Admission.
  • Send official transcript(s) directly to Office of Admissions from your college or high school/GED attended.
  • Provide immunization records proving 2 MMR shots if born after January 1, 1957, to the Office of Admissions.
  • Submit placement test scores from ACT, Accuplacer, COMPASS, and/or ASSET exams.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission may only be confirmed upon receipt of the student's FINAL transcript, and after completion of their current high school term. At that time the student may expect a letter with a confirmation of their acceptance to SouthArk.

Office of Admissions: 870.864.7195, admissions@southark.edu, 2nd floor, Conference Center, Student Services, 870.864.7137 (F)

Step 2: Placement Testing and Test Prep

  • Reading, English/writing, and math placement scores must be submitted.
  • See your Advising Coach for a Referral Form if wanting to take the COMPASS exam in our Testing Center.
  • COMPASS is a non-timed placement exam that costs $10 and takes approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete.
  • The Learning Center has test prep resources including practice tests, skill-building websites, and tutoring.

Testing and Learning Center: 870.864.7196, tutoring@southark.edu,2nd floor, Conference Center, Room 220

Step 3: Financial Aid

PRIORITY DEADLINE JUNE 1ST

  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov, SouthArk's school code is 013858.
  • Financial aid programs include scholarships, loans, and student employment opportunities.

Office of Financial Aid: 870.864.7150, finaid@southark.edu, 2nd floor, Conference Center, Student Services

Step 4: Advising, Registration, and Orientation

  • Make an appointment with your Advising Coach.
  • On-campus registration with an Advising Coach is strongly encouraged for first-year college students.
  • Attend New Student Orientation and complete the Campus Technology course, see your Advising Coach.

Registrar: 870.864.7142, advisor@southark.edu, 2nd floor, Conference Center, Student Services

Step 5: Student ID and Parking Decal

  • All students are required to have a SouthArk photo ID. A valid photo ID must be presented.
  • A FREE student ID and lanyard are provided to all new students.
  • Parking decals and student ID's are available at the Learning Center.

The Learning Center: 870.864.7196, tutoring@southark.edu, 2nd floor, Conference Center, Room 220

Step 6: Tuition and Fees

  • All tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline or all courses will be dropped.
  • Payments can be made in the Bookstore or through a payment plan on MyCampus.
  • The Student ID number is sent to email address provided on the application.

Bookstore: 870.864.7163, bookstore@southark.edu, 1st floor, Conference Center

Step 7: Textbooks and Classes

  • Bring your printed schedule to the Bookstore to receive all required textbooks and materials.
  • Retain all receipts in case purchased items need to be exchanged or returned.
  • Visit all on-campus classrooms prior to the first day of classes to become familiar with their locations.

Bookstore: 870.864.7163, bookstore@southark.edu, 1st floor, Conference Center



Student Advising Coaches


Mission

The Department of Student Advising Coaches is committed to striving for excellence in service by preparing students for a life of continual learning, adaptability, and individual fulfillment. Advising engages students in a developmental process to facilitate educational planning, and to provide guidance toward academic independence and self-sufficiency.

Student Advising Coaches

If you need help dealing with a student issue, click here to visit the Retention Center.

Tracy Yacobellis
All Health Science students
870-875-7207
tyacobellis@southark.edu

*Students may also see their individual Program Directors for advising.

**Occupational Therapy Assistant students see Cynthia Meyer, Program Director for advising
870-864-7171
cmeyer@southark.edu

Ms. Heather Smith
General Studies, Liberal Arts, Undecided
870-875-7233
hsmith@southark.edu
ECC 255 (located in Student Services)

Ms. Amy Hix
Mechatronics, Process Technology, Welding
870-864-8470
ahix@southark.edu
MCG 140 (located on East Campus)

Mr. Tim Johnson
Concurrent Credit, Transfer Students
870-864-8416
trjohnson@southark.edu
ECC 241 (located in Student Services)
 

Ms. Kimberly Griffin
Automotive, Business and Computer Tech, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, General Technology
870-864-7141
kgriffin@southark.edu 
ECC 254 (located in Student Services)

Ms. Kathy Reaves
Career Pathways students
870-864-8458
kreaves@southark.edu
ECC 253 (located in Student Services)

Ms. Susan Spicher
Education
870-864-7184
sspicher@southark.edu
Whitfield classroom building, 2nd floor, north end


Tuition and Fees


Payment of Tuition


This represents Tuition costs as of April 19, 2016.
SouthArk offers a variety of Financial Aid programs, including scholarships, Pell Grants, SEOG Grants, Arkansas Student Assistance Grants, Work Study programs, and Federal Family Educational Loan programs. Priority deadline to apply for financial aid is November 1st for Spring 2017. Students may still apply after the priority deadline but cannot be guaranteed the results of their aid by the first day of the summer term. Payment deadline for Fall 2016 is August 16,2016.

Summer/Fall 2016

In-District Tuition..........................$83 per credit hour
Out-of-District Tuition..................$96 per credit hour
Out-of-State Tuition....................$172 per credit hour

Nelnet/Enterprise Tuition Payment Plan


To help you meet your educational expenses, South Arkansas Community College is pleased to offer Nelnet/Enterprise as a convenient budget plan. Nelnet/Enterprise is a tuition management plan that provides you with a low cost option of budgeting tuition expenses. The only cost to budget monthly payments through Nelnet/Enterprise is a $25.00 per semester nonrefundable fee. Enrolling online is simple and secure. To sign up for the Nelnet/Enterprise payment plan, log on to www.southark.edu.

  1. Select Search Course Availability.
  2. Enter student ID and Pin # (birth date and upper case initials – 01011985XX)
  3. Change demographic data if needed; if correct select no changes.
  4. Select Student on menu bar.
  5. Select the 'Nelnet My Account Info' in the activity center on the left side of the page.
  6. Select the term you are enrolled. Click on the link 'Pay using Nelnet'.
  7. This takes you to the Nelnet/Enterprise Tuition Management website. It should display amount to be paid. Click on arrange payments for current balance and follow the simple steps outlined by Nelnet/Enterprise.

Full payments can also be made to students' accounts by using Nelnet/Enterprise. All payments through Nelent/Enterprise are processed electronically by using a checking account, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express.

Table of Tuition and Refunds

Table of Tuition for 1-18 Credits

Table of Tuition for 1-18 Credits  

Hours In-District Out-of-District Out-of-State Waiver Amount
1 83 96 172 76
2 166 192 344 152
3 249 288 516 228
4 332 384 688 304
5 415 480 860 380
6 498 576 1032 456
7 581 672 1204 532
8 664 768 1376 608
9 747 864 1548 684
10 830 960 1720 760
11 913 1056 1892 836
12 996 1152 2064 912
13 1079 1248 2236 988
14 1162 1344 2408 1064
15 1245 1440 2580 1140
16 1328 1536 2752 1216
17 1411 1632 2942 1292
18 plus 1494 1728 3096 1368

Financial Aid


How do I apply for financial aid?

The very first step is to complete the FAFSA. This is done online at www.fafsa.gov. Once you have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) you will receive a 1 page Student Aid Report (SAR) back from the Department of Education. The school(s) you listed on the FAFSA will receive an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR). When we receive the ISIR, we will send a request for additional information needed to complete your financial aid file. Complete any requested forms/letters and return them to the financial aid department as soon as possible. Once we have the results of the FAFSA and a complete financial aid file we will determine your eligibility for financial aid. If you are eligible, we will send you an Award Notification Postcard instructing you to view your award letter on CampusConnect (see #3 below regarding this).

What is a FAFSA, how do I fill it out and, why do I need it fill it out?

 FAFSA is an acronym for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is used to gather information on you &/or your parents by which your eligibility for aid can be determined. The FAFSA is online, but a worksheet to assist you is available for download or you can pick one up in the Financial Aid Office. Be sure to apply for an FSA ID in order to electronically sign the FAFSA. You (and at least one parent for dependent students) must have an FSI ID for the FAFSA to be processed. If you do not have an FSA ID, be sure to print the signature page and mail it immediately as instructed on the form. If you do not complete the FAFSA, you will not be eligible for any federal Title IV aid (this includes student loans). At first glance, the FAFSA Worksheet can seem a bit intimidating, but in actuality there are only 4 pages of the worksheet and some instructions. Read the instructions carefully, fill out ALL the questions you know the answers to, then, if you still need help with the worksheet or the online portion, the financial aid office will be glad to assist you. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA Online worksheet and key it in. You will need to have a copy of your tax return and other amounts of income in order to fill it out.

When will I know if I am eligible for financial aid?

 When you send in your FAFSA the school will receive an ISIR based on the information you submitted. Upon receiving the ISIR, we will send you a letter requesting additional information. Please fill out and return all requested materials within 3 weeks. After receiving ALL information back from you & if you are eligible, we will send you an award notification postcard informing you that your aid package (which is a detailed listing of the financial aid for which you are eligible) is ready for you to view and accept or decline. This is done via the CampusConnect system. If you need assistance with logging into CampusConnect or need to obtain your CampusConnect username and password, please contact the Enrollment Services Office. The whole process can take as long as 6 weeks!!!

How do I apply for a loan?

 The first step in applying for a loan is to complete the FAFSA (see #2 above).  Once we have the ISIR back, (usually 1- 2 weeks) we can begin to determine your eligibility for all aid, including loans.  To determine your eligibility, you must have a complete financial aid file. The next step is to complete a loan application, a Master Promissory Note (MPN), and if this is your first direct loan the entrance interview.  The Entrance Interview may be completed at http://mappingyourfuture.org and the MPN can be completed at www.studentloans.gov.  You will need your FSA ID in order to complete the MPN process.  Once we have received a completed loan application and confirmation of your completed entrance counseling interview, we will complete a Needs Analysis to determine your eligibility for a loan.  The proceeds may be disbursed in 2 installments per semester (subject to change without notice) and can be picked up in the Bookstore.  (See #7 below for information regarding whether your loan check is in). The government will not send any loan proceeds until they have received a completed MPN.

Has my pell grant been approved?

 Technically, there is no such thing as a person's pell grant being "approved" or "disapproved".  A student's eligibility for a Pell Grant, or any other federal/state financial aid is determined primarily from the information submitted on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  When SouthArk receives the results of the FAFSA, we determine if the student is, or is not, eligible for a Pell grant and/or other federal/state aid.  This is done per federal and state guidelines.  Once the determination has been made, SouthArk will send the student an award notification postcard notifying them that their eligibility has been determined.  The student then should log into CampusConnect, go under Student Information, and then "accept/decline aid package".  Students should indicate which awards they will accept by checking the appropriate box and clicking submit at the bottom. (see #3 above regarding eligibility for financial aid).

Has my pell check come in yet?

 The terminology "pell grant check" is a bit mis-leading.  There really is not any such thing as a "pell grant check".  What most students mean when they ask this question is, "Has my refund been processed and is the check ready to be picked up?"   If a student receives financial aid in excess of their tuition, fees, and books, the Business Office will process a refund check.  Refund checks will be available around the midpoint of the semester.  Notices will be posted on all campuses and sent via email when checks are available to be picked up in the Bookstore.  You must present proper I.D. to pick up a refund check.

Is my loan check in yet?

 First, be sure that you have actually applied for a loan. (See #4 above on applying for a loan)  Many students think they have applied for a loan when they fill out the FAFSA.  However, the loan application is totally separate from the FAFSA.  The proceeds may be disbursed in 2 installments per semester (Subject to change without notice).  A letter stating the amount & date of a student's loan disbursement will be mailed when the funds are received at the school.  It takes AT LEAST 7 to 10 business days from the date on the letter (and sometimes as many as 14 days) for loan refund checks to be ready for pickup in the Bookstore.  Notices will be posted on all campuses when the first loan refund checks are available to be picked up.

How do I apply for a Federal College Work Study (CWS) job?

 The first step in applying for CWS is to fill out the FAFSA (see #2 above).  Once we have the results, we will inform you of your eligibility for CWS in your award package.  Students will interview with the potential employer.  If hired, you must provide us a copy of your driver's license and social security card and complete payroll documents (available in the Financial Aid Office) before you can begin working under the CWS program.  You must also view an instructional powerpoint further explaining the FWS Program and the Do's & Don'ts.  You may also be required to complete an Employability Skills Assessment in the Testing Center.

Can I receive financial aid in the summer?

 POSSIBLY. You may be able to receive financial aid in the summer if two conditions are met: 1) you still meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements &; 2) if there are available funds for which you are eligible.  You must also complete the Summer Enrollment Intention Form available in the Financial Aid Office.  There will be notices posted on all campuses & sent via student email when this form is available (usually sometime in April).  If you meet the two conditions listed above, we must then determine what funds are available for which you are eligible.  There are many sources of aid that may be available such as Pell grant, work study, SEOG &/or loans.

How do I know what scholarships I am eligible for and how do I apply for them?

 SouthArk has many institutional and Foundation scholarships available.  A complete list of scholarships and the qualifications for them can be found on SouthArk's website (www.southark.edu).  In order to apply for scholarships, you must complete the All-In-One Online Application also located on the SouthArk webpage.  The priority deadline is March 1st.  You can also check the internet for other scholarships.  Check with the financial aid office for a list of some of the best sites available.  General scholarship announcements are sent to students via the SouthArk All-Students email system. 


Phone and Fax Numbers

Office
Bookstore
Business Office
Computer Services
Cosmetology
East Campus
Enrollment
Financial Aid
Foundation
Health & Natural Sciences
Liberal Arts
Library
Nursing
Office of the President
Office of Academic Affairs
Security
The Learning Center
The Testing Center
Upward Bound
Workforce Development
Phone
870-864-7163
870-864-7160
870-864-7198
870-864-7336
870-862-4926
870-864-7142
870-864-7133
870-864-7130
870-864-7102

870-864-7156
870-864-7116
870-864-7118
870-864-7107
870-864-7127

870-864-8472
870-864-7196
870-864-7196
870-864-8409
870-864-7193
Fax
870-864-7185
870-864-7122
870-864-7101
870-864-7199
870-864-7180
870-864-7137
870-864-7167
870-864-8420
866-222-8026

870-864-7168
870-864-7134
870-864-7104
870-864-7190
870-864-7109

870-310-5788, cell
870-875-7296
870-875-7296
870-864-7183
870-864-8495

Important Dates


Apr
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04.17.2017 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Apr
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04.27.2017 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

May
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8:00 am 05.01.2017 - 6:00 pm 05.04.2017

May
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8:00 am 05.08.2017 - 6:00 pm 05.11.2017

May
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05.12.2017 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May
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05.25.2017 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

May
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05.29.2017 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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05.30.2017 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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05.31.2017 8:00 am - 6:00 pm




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