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Career Pathways


Career Pathways is a grant-funded program designed to assist eligible parents complete an educational degree and enter a high paying, high demand career field.  Possible benefits for eligible students may include tuition and fees, textbooks, child care and fuel assistance to and from class.

In order to qualify you must:

1. Be a resident of Arkansas, and
2. Have custody of at least one child under the age of 21 years who lives in the home on a permanent basis, and
3. Have earned at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. ($61,500 for a family of four – 2016 level)

If you said YES to all three, then you need to contact Career Pathways!

Call 870-512-7856 to set up intake appointment. 

Required Documents:

  • Federal Income Tax – 1040 (Previous Year)
  • Applicant’s Photo ID (DL or State-issued ID)
  • Social Security Card – Applicant and Child(ren)’s
  • Child(ren)’s Birth Certificate

*Funds are available only after the completion of WorkKeys test and the employability certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child does not live in my home?
Your child must live in your home on a full time basis to be eligible.

What if I want to get my basics first, then transfer?
Career Pathways cannot cover basics.  The goal of the program is for you to obtain employment directly after completion of your program of study at ASUN.

What if I didn’t pay taxes last year and, therefore, have no tax return to submit?
You must call 1-844-545-5640 to make an appointment with the IRS office in order to obtain a Statement of Non-filing.

Are funds guaranteed every semester?
Career Pathways assistance is determined by eligibility and available funds in the grant.

What if I already have an associate or bachelor degree?
Career Pathways funds are for those who are seeking a technical degree.  Generally, these are degrees that take one year or less to complete. 

What if I am already receiving the Pell grant?
If your program is Pell-eligible, Career Pathways funds may be able to cover what the Pell grant does not.