Educational Technology

September 20, 2011

Arkansas Mobile App Simplifies Scholarship Search

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Tanya Roscorla, Converge

With the YOUniversal Financial Aid System mobile app, students across Arkansas can check their financial aid accounts and apply for scholarships from their phones. Last week, the app won a Digital Education Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education. The Arkansas General Assembly had long discussed creating a simplified process for students, parents and school counselors to find scholarships. Time and time again, students would qualify for one program and not know they qualified for another one, said Shane Broadway, former speaker of the house and state senator who is now the interim director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. And on top of that, they had to fill out a financial aid application by hand. “It was so last century I guess you would say,” Broadway said. “I mean, it was paper.”

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