LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ahead of the next legislative session, Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced a new grant that would make higher education more accessible to Arkansans.

The “Arkansas Future Grant” (ArFuture) is for traditional, home school and non-traditional students. This state funded grant would be available on a first come, first serve basis and would provide two years of tuition and fees at an Arkansas community or technical college to any student who enrolls in a high demand field of study, such as computer science or welding, but will vary by school.

Students must also have a mentor, do community service and after graduation, work full-time in Arkansas for at least three years. 

“Right now, only 43 percent of Arkansans have a higher degree or certificate post high school. Our goal is to increase that to 60 percent by 2025,” says Gov. Hutchinson.

If passed, the grant will be available for the 2017-18 school year.