SAU Program FAQ

Question 1: When does the program begin?
Answer: Fall of each year as long as there are at least 12 eligible students

Question 2: When and where are the classes offered from SAU?
Answer: Three nights a week  (usually Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) starting at 4pm. One night is always in De Queen with the other nights offered through AV in Nashville or De Queen.

Question 3: When do I apply for the SAU partnership?
Answer: Applications to SAU should be sent directly to Sandra Walker in the Spring before the student plans to enroll with SAU. 

Question 4: How much does it cost?
Answer: For the last two years (SAU part), the student pays tuition as an SAU student. This cost is around $3000 per semester, plus books.  Students should fill out the FASFA in the Spring for SAU.  If the student receives financial aid, it will cover about ¾ of the cost.   SAU does offer a transfer scholarship that can be applied for in the Spring semester (before entering). The application for the scholarship is in the UA Cossatot Financial Aid office and online.   

Question 5: What is the Praxis CORE exam?
Answer: This is a national test which is required for education programs in Arkansas.It is a basic skills standardized test over Writing, Reading, and Math. IT IS A REQUIREMENT TO GRADUATE WITH THE AAT SO IT MUST BE TAKEN BY THE FIRST MONTH OF YOUR LAST SEMESTER WITH UA COSSATOT.[February for Spring and September for Fall] The Praxis CORE exam costs approximately $140 and can be taken in paper or computer formats.  To learn more, go to

Question 6: Is there a way to extend my licensure to the 5th and 6th grades?
Answer: Yes. The guidelines for adding a credential is located on the ADE website.

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