The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says 4,173 students enrolled there this fall are receiving lottery scholarships, the most at any one college campus.

Still waiting for: A study on how many wouldn’t be in college but for the scholarship. More than 2,300 at UA had attended college before this year, 1,693 without state scholarship help, which used to be granted based on family financial need The lottery is also helping 1,845 entering students, but we don’t know how many of those wouldn’t have enrolled at UA but for the scholarships.


The money is appreciated and useful for all, no doubt about that. Will it, over time, lift the college-going and retention rate? That remains an important question along with the question of whether state effort for colleges will diminish because of the lottery financial crutch.