Your monthly newsletter on important information, events & news from the UCA Family Network.

The UCA Family Network Newsletter provides an opportunity to share UCA information, news and events with the parents and families of our students. This is a monthly publication you can expect in your inboxes on the 1st of every month during the academic year. We try to keep things relevant, but if there are specific topics you would find interesting, please send an email to

About 10 years ago, I found a life-changing book called Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen. What I found in my now well-worn book is a roadmap to working through just about every problematic conversation that I may have. Some of this advice makes perfect sense for helping students manage communication challenges they are likely to experience at least once in their college careers.

First, it is worth making the point that not all conversations are or will be difficult. Read more

Dr. Amy Baldwin is the Director of University College, Literacy & Writing Faculty at UCA. She is also a pioneering educator and educational entrepreneur and wrote the first student success textbook for community colleges and for first-generation students.

Student Success Scholarship

Your College Freshman's Miserable? Here's What to Say

Rewards usually come after success, however, the Office of Student Success at the University of Central Arkansas recently launched a program that provides scholarships to first-time freshmen who accept the challenge to prosper. Read more

I went to college barely an hour from home. During the hour-long ride to school, I wept quietly in the back seat until my silent tears turned into ugly, loud, racking sobs in response to may father's quip, "I'm happy that we gave you a good childhood." Read more

When My Daughter Called Me, Sick, From College, I Got on a Plane

7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA

I went out to Michigan in January, the day after my daughter - a college freshman - called to tell me her throat was closing up. "I can't breathe," she said, sounding as if she wasn't just being dramatic but actually couldn't breathe. Then she stared crying. "Can you just come out here, Mommy?" Read more

If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2017-18 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2016 at 12 a.m. CST - three months earlier than usual. You should fill it out as soon as possible on the official government site,  Read more

Safe Lagoon Children's Advocate Scholarship
Target applicant group:
North American college student enrolled for Fall 2016
Deadline to apply is 10/31/2016   Apply here.    

Slickdeals Saves U! Scholarship
Target applicant group:
Undergraduate US citizens enrolled full time
at an accredited university with a 3.0 or above GPA
Deadline to apply is 10/31/2016  Apply here.

NorthPoint Recovery Scholarship

Target applicant group:
US students age 18+, are enrolled in post-secondary education Fall 2016,
& will write an essay describing how substance abuse has affected your life.
Deadline to apply is 11/01/2016  Apply here

SEO Expert Scholarship
Target applicant group:
Junior, Senior or Graduate U.S. citizen majoring in business, communications,
journalism or web-based technology with a 2.75 GPA
Deadline to apply is 12/31/2016  Apply here. National Scholarship Essay Contest
Target applicant group:
US Citizens, planning to attend or currently attending an accredited
American university of college

Deadline to apply is 01/15/2017 Apply here 

1st Symptoma Better Diagnosis Scholarship
Target applicant group: 
Working students enrolled in 2016/17 aid year
Deadline to apply is 01/31/17  Apply here.

AspenRidge Recover College Scholarship
Target applicant group: Current US students age 18 or older, enrolled for the upcoming semester
who have been affected by addiction
Deadline to apply is 03/01/2017 Apply here

Please note: UCA is not associated with any organization listed above.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their records. If a parent or guardian would like access to their educational and/or financial records, you must file a FERPA form with the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Students need to have their UCA ID with them when they visit Financial Aid, Student Accounts and other areas on campus.


Important Calendar Dates

  • 10/3-7 - Midterm Week
  • 10/13-16 - Fall Break
  • 10/22 - Homecoming
    UCA Bears v Lamar Cardinals @ 6 p.m.
  • 10/28 - Final dates to officially withdraw
    from classes or the University with a "W"
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