Scholarship Policies (before Fall 2010)
These policies apply to students entering Henderson before the Fall 2010 semester.
Disclaimer: These policies do not apply to recipients of matching scholarships for El Dorado Promise, Norphlet, Fordyce and Parkers Chapel. To review the policies for these scholarship categories, click here for Matching Scholarship Policies.
Henderson scholarships and other financial aid will be applied to the student’s account to cover direct costs billed by the university in this order:
1. Private non-refundable scholarships
2. Henderson State University academic scholarships
3. Henderson State University performance scholarships
4. Federal grants including Pell Grants
5. State aid awards including Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship
6. Private refundable scholarships
7. Student loans
Private non-refundable scholarships will be applied to the student’s account to cover direct costs** billed by the university before any Henderson scholarship is applied. If any direct costs remain, then Henderson scholarships will be applied. If no direct costs remain, Henderson scholarship awards will not be applied to the student’s account. Even if the award is not applied to the student’s account, the student retains scholarship eligibility by meeting retention criteria each semester.
**Direct costs are tuition, fees, room and board billed to the student’s account by the university.
Only recipients of two or more Henderson scholarships (or employee or dependent waivers) can use scholarship funds for up to $600 per semester in textbook vouchers for on-campus bookstore purchases. Contact the Business Office to request vouchers.
What the scholarship covers
The tuition portion of academic scholarships covers up to16 hours in-state tuition. It does not cover fees, books, room, board, or other costs and has no refundable cash value.
The room portion of academic scholarships covers the cost of a double occupancy room in a university-owned residence hall (does not include Whispering Oaks). It does not cover tuition, fees, books, board, or other costs and has no refundable cash value.
The board portion of academic scholarships covers up to a standard 15-meal plan without a Declining Cash Balance. It does not cover tuition, fees, books, room, or other costs and has no refundable cash value.
Students who decline to live in university-owned residence halls or purchase a meal plan will not receive the financial equivalent of that portion of the scholarship for Whispering Oaks or for off-campus living.
The Board of Trustees Scholarship stipend can cover any charges or can be refunded if account balance is zero. No other Henderson State University scholarships are refundable.
Freshman academic scholarships are awarded for eight consecutive semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains all scholarship requirements.
Transfer scholarships are awarded for four consecutive semesters or until the completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains all scholarship requirements.
Scholarships are awarded for consecutive fall and spring terms only and do not cover summer terms.
Scholarships do not cover any charges for the term following failure to meet scholarship retention criteria.
How to retain the scholarship (for those entering HSU prior to Fall 2010)
Academic scholarship recipients must enroll in and complete at least 14 hours each fall and each spring term. Concurrent enrollment on another campus cannot be used to meet this requirement and will not be covered by the scholarship. Incompletes (I) posted on transcripts are not completed hours.
Academic scholarship recipients must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the end of fall term.
Academic scholarship recipients must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of spring term. Board of Trustee recipients must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA at the end of spring term.
All Henderson college course work is calculated into the cumulative GPA for scholarship renewal, even if taken during high school or subsequent summer terms.
Scholarship eligibility is reviewed immediately after grades are posted in December and in May. Scholarships are cancelled for subsequent terms if retention criteria are not fully met. Cancellation notices are sent to student’s Henderson email account.
Scholarship recipients who have grade changes, including Incompletes (I) replaced, must contact the Financial Aid Office after the grade change has been posted to the transcript to have scholarship status reevaluated.
Scholarship recipients who attend summer terms should be aware those grades may affect scholarship status when cumulative GPA is reviewed.
If less than 14 hours are required during the term of graduation, scholarship recipients must submit to the Financial Aid Office a copy of the application for graduation signed by the Registrar. The tuition portion of the scholarship will then cover only the tuition for hours required to graduate. Guidelines for room and board as listed above will apply.
Performance scholarship recipients must enroll in and complete at least 15 hours each fall and each spring term. Minimum gpa requirements to retain the scholarship are determined by the department offering it.
Probation for Academic Scholarships
This option is allowed only one time. If scholarship is lost a second time this option is not available.
If scholarship is not retained at the end of fall due to hours completed or GPA, the scholarship recipient may regain eligibility for the following fall term by completing the required number of hours and GPA during spring and/or summer terms at Henderson State University.
The ineligible semester will be counted against the total semesters for which the scholarship is provided.
If scholarship is not retained at the end of spring due to hours completed or GPA, the scholarship recipient my regain eligibility for the following fall term by completing the required number of hours and GPA during summer terms at Henderson State University.
All hours to regain scholarship eligibility must be taken at Henderson State University.
No transfer hours are allowed to regain scholarship eligibility.