Senior Citizens

Undergraduate Admission

Arkansas residents who are 60 years of age or older ("senior citizens") are encouraged to enroll tuition-free in existing for-credit courses based on the availability of space. College courses engage older learners in challenging and intellectually stimulating programs, and Senior Razorbacks lend wisdom and experience to traditional students in an academic environment. Visit or call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions today for more details about becoming a Senior Razorback.

Graduate Admissions

Arkansas senior citizens interested in graduate coursework should visit the Graduate School's Senior Citizen Graduate Students page for information on their processes and forms.

Undergraduate Qualifications

  • An Arkansas resident;
  • At least 60 years of age on the last day of regular registration for the term the waiver will be applied;
  • A high school graduate or GED recipient;
  • Be admitted to the University of Arkansas.

Steps to becoming a Senior Razorback

  1. Apply for Admission to the University of Arkansas (see "Application Process" below).
  2. Complete the Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Form. Undergraduate applicants should return the form to the Office of Admissions per the instructions on the form.
  3. Submit transcripts if necessary (once you have been evaluated, you will receive admission notification in the mail and via email).
  4. Register for class/classes during the senior citizen registration period.

Be sure to read the Senior Citizen Program Checklist for more information!

Fees Eligible for Waiver

The Senior Citizen Fee Waiver covers "General Student Fees", which includes resident tuition and certain fees applicable to all students regardless of academic program or major. For Spring 2020 forward, this includes the college (TELE) fee, student health fee, transit fee, facilities fee, library fee, network and data systems fee, student activity fee, and the student media fee. In addition, the new student orientation fee, the first-year experience fee, the student ID card fee (excluding replacement cards), and the withdrawal fee, if applicable, are included in the waiver.

This Fee Waiver does not cover non-resident tuition, fees specific to a program, online administrative fees, college or course fees for credit offerings with off-campus experiences (such as Study Abroad), non-credit continuing education programs, self-paced courses, or courses offered through a consortium arrangement. It also does not cover the costs of textbooks or class supplies.

More detailed information can be found in Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 515.0.

Application Process

When you are ready to apply to the University of Arkansas, your first step is to set up a New Student Center account. The New Student Center is a central location where you can get important news about your application and view any missing requirements we might need to finish reviewing your application.

To set up your New Student Center account:

  1. Go to our Application Center.
  2. Select "Create an account" (under the "First-time users" heading).
  3. Enter the requested information. For the email address, be sure to use a personal email address that you will have access to at all times.
  4. Check the email account you entered for a message from the Office of Admissions with the subject line "University of Arkansas Online Registration," and follow the steps listed there. Take note of the PIN included in this message – it is your temporary password to activate your account. See a screenshot of a sample message.
  5. Follow the "Activate Account" link in this message to activate your account and establish a password.

Once you have established a New Student Center account, you are ready to complete an application for admission. Be sure to keep a close eye on your email and regularly log in to your New Student Center account to check for updates regarding your application.

Using your New Student Center, you can:

  • Check the status of your application
  • View updates about your admission decision
  • Keep track of important next steps

If You Need Help:

If you have any trouble setting up your New Student Center Account, let us know. Email or call 479-575-5346. We are happy to help!

Common Troubleshooting Tips

  1. If you don't receive an account set up email with the subject line "University of Arkansas Online Registration," be sure to check your spam folder. We also recommend adding to your email contacts list to avoid important emails being delivered to the wrong folder.
    If the email isn't in your spam folder, navigate to and use the "Forgot Password" feature to receive a new email.
  2. If you lose your PIN, navigate to navigate to and use the "Forgot Password" feature to receive a new PIN.

Additional Information

Arkansas residents 60 years of age or older may apply either as an undergraduate or graduate student for on-campus and online credit courses by paying all non-tuition applicable fees. Senior students who meet admission requirements may be admitted as degree or non-degree seeking.  All colleges require the instructor's permission for students seeking to audit prior to taking a class. Senior citizens who do not wish to register on a space available basis during the senior citizen registration period may pay tuition and register during priority registration.