ATU wins awards for student financial aid


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Arkansas Tech University is the statewide leader in helping public university students fund their education according to LendEDU Best Colleges For Financial Aid in 2020.

LendEDU used Peterson’s Undergraduate Financial Aid Database and the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from 2018 to 2019 to determine its ranking.

Needs-based financial aid accounted for the majority of the institution’s overall score (60%), while non-needs-based financial aid (34%) and international student aid (6%) made up the remainder of the score.

By this standard, Arkansas Tech ranks # 1 among all public universities in Arkansas for access to student financial aid.

“Arkansas Tech’s mission is to empower students to achieve their goals, to make our state, our region and our world a better place,” said Dr. Blake Bedsole, vice president of ATU for the management of registrations. “This honor recognizes the work of our financial aid office and the Enrollment Management division to help ensure that Arkansas Tech students have the resources they need to be successful.

The study excluded higher education institutions if they were missing an aspect of the data necessary to complete the analysis. After removing schools with incomplete information, LendEDU ended up with 312 colleges and universities.

LendEDU’s considerations when developing rankings included the likelihood of students in financial need receiving scholarships and grants based on need, the percentage of needs met for students with financial need, the average amount of scholarships and grants not based on the need given to each student and the average amount of financial aid given to each international student.

“Arkansas Tech University is committed to putting students first,” said Niki Schwartz, director of student aid at ATU. “By ensuring that our students have access to a plethora of financial aid offers, we are able to better serve our students. This distinction is a reflection of the continued efforts of financial aid staff to ensure that every student counts.

See the full ranking of LendEDU 2020 at

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