Student Assistance


Staff
  Mrs. Cheryl Newton,   Grants Coordinator  (334) 242-2273

       Responsibilities

The Office of Student Assistance is responsible for administering the following state-sponsored student financial aid programs:  
  • Alabama Student Assistance Program
  • Alabama Student Grant Program
  • Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program
  • Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivor’s Educational Assistance Program

       Overview of State of Alabama Financial Aid Programs

Paying for College with Financial Aid

First, we encourage you to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. This application process will determine your eligibility for federal student aid programs, such as, the Pell grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity grant (FSEOG), college work-study and student loans as well as notify the institution of your choice of your eligibility. Upon completion of the FAFSA, click here to review available state-aid programs.


       Student Financial Aid Terms

Fellowship – a scholarship or grant awarded to a graduate student in a college or university.

Scholarship – financial aid that usually is awarded for merit or academic achievement.  A scholarship considered gift aid and does not have to be paid back.

Grant – a gift aid that does not have to be paid back.

Loan – money which must be repaid.  Loan programs have varying repayment provisions.

Work Study – this program provides jobs that enable students to earn a portion of school costs through employment at the institution.

Need – the term "need," as used in financial aid, usually refers to the difference between the resources available to the student (from parent’s, student savings and summer jobs, etc.) and the cost of attending the student’s selected postsecondary institution.   The process of determining "need" is often referred to as a "need analysis."

Self Help – financial resources provided by the student.

Family Contribution – the combined contribution reasonably expected during the enrollment period from the student (and his or her spouse if applicable), as well as from the student’s parents if the student is a dependent.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – a free form distributed by the U.S. Department of Education to collect information used to determine a student’s need for federal financial aid.

Conversion scholarship/loan – A scholarship that requires you to provide certain services, such as teaching or nursing, for a certain length of time. If the services are not provided, the scholarship becomes a loan which must be paid back with interest.

Waiver – An agreement that allows attendance at a school without having to pay tuition or other costs if certain eligibility requirements are met.

       Student Grant Program Application

The following institutions are the only participants of the  Alabama Student Grant Program:
Amridge University
Birmingham Southern College
Concordia College
Faulkner University
Huntingdon College
Judson College
Miles College
Oakwood University
Samford University
South University
Spring Hill College
Stillman College
U.S. Sports Academy
University of Mobile

Please DO NOT submit this application to an institution that is not listed above.

Alabama Student Grant Program Application 2016-2017  --
(Please return completed application to the Financial Aid office of the participating institution.)

       Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program

       Links To Other Sources

State Sources:

Minority Doctoral Scholarship Program
The Southern Regional Education Board's State Doctoral Scholars Program was developed with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Ford Foundation. It is part of a nationwide initiative, the Compact for Faculty Diversity, to produce more minority Ph.D.s and to encourage them to seek faculty positions.

Regional Sources:

Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus – Financial Aid

National Sources:

Student Guide to Financial Aid (Federal Aid programs)

Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FASFA)

       Program Policies and Code

Code of Alabama Citations
  • Alabama Student Assistance Program
    Federal Program – Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A,
    Subpart 4; 20 U.S.C. 1070c-1070c-4
  • Alabama Student Grant Program
    See Chapter 16-33A-1
  • Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program
    See Chapter 31-10-1
  • Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivor’s Educational Assistance Program
    See Chapter 36-21-100

Administrative Code Citations (See chapter citations below)

Student Financial Aid Policy

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