University description (as per official university website)
Southern Arkansas University Tech ("SAU TECH") was created on April 5, 1967, as Southwest Technical Institute by Act 534 of the General Assembly of Arkansas. The purpose of the institute was to provide a technically trained workforce for the growing Highland Industrial Park where it was located. The Brown Foundation of Houston, Texas, which had purchased the Schumacher Naval Ammunition Depot for use as Highland Industrial Park, donated 70 acres of land and six buildings.
Financing for renovation and equipping the facility was made possible by a grant from the United States Economic Development Administration. The State Board of Education operated the school until 1975 when, by an Act of the Arkansas Legislature, Southwest Technical Institute became Southern Arkansas University Tech, under the governance of the Board of Trustees of Southern Arkansas University. With this change, SAU Tech came under the jurisdiction of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to grant the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees as well as the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.
Today, SAU Tech is a two-year comprehensive college specializing in technical training and offers the first two years of a university transfer program. In addition to offering traditional classroom courses, SAU Tech offers a number of Internet courses. SAU Tech has a large enrollment in its high school dual credit program. SAU Tech also operates the Arkansas Environmental Training Academy, the Arkansas Fire Training Academy, the SAU Tech Career Academy, and the Adult Education Center, which services both Calhoun and Ouachita counties.
The SAU Tech Financial Aid Office is here to help YOU seek funds for college! Our offices are located in the Administration Building on the campus, and we are available for walk-in assistance. You can also contact us by phone at 870.574.4511.
What you need to know to apply for Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grant)
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Paper FAFSAs are not be available from the Financial Aid Office. Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to include SAU Tech's Federal School Code: 007738 on the application. After your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), and the Financial Aid Office will receive an electronic version of your SAR. The Financial Aid Office will send you a letter requesting any additional required documents. Your application will be reviewed for accuracy and verified as necessary. If errors are identified, the Financial Aid Office will correct them for you, and you will receive a revised SAR. When this entire process is complete, usually in four to six weeks, the Financial Aid Office will send your award letter to the address in the Registrar's database. Be sure that your address is correct.