Looking for additional help to fund your college education? A variety of programs exist:
Alabama Foster Youth Grant Program
Alabama students who were in foster care may be eligible for assistance. Grants up to $5,000 are available for up to four years. Review eligibility and application information at Foster Care Grants.
Direct Loan Program
View your Direct loans online, e-sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), and complete your Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
Education Tax Incentives
Learn about education tax incentives such as the HOPE Scholarship Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and more at http://www.irs.gov.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You must use a pin number or be sure to print and mail in the signature page after completing the FAFSA. Pin numbers are available for you and your parent at www.pin.ed.gov.
View your previous KHEAA loans online.
Loan Forgiveness For Teachers
The U.S. Department of Education provides Stafford or Direct Loan forgiveness for certified teachers who teach for five consecutive years in a public or private nonprofit elementary or secondary school designated as a low-income school. For each complete year of teaching, $5,000 of loan debt is forgiven. Click here for details.
Loan Repayment and Loan Consolidation
Students who have student loans are responsible for completing an exit interview at the time of graduation or withdrawal. Repayment of the loan begins six (6) months after leaving school. For repayment, loan consolidation, and deferment options, please review the Department of Education Web site.
National Student Loan Data System
Check your Stafford Loan history online. You will need your PIN to access your account.
Private Student Loans
Private student loans should be considered "last resort" opportunities. You should utilize all other financing options before applying for a private product. Remember, federal student loan programs are less expensive thatn private loans and should be considered first. Private loan interest typically begins accruing immediately and fluctuates with market rates. Undergraduate private loan borrowers will typically be required to have a cosigner.
The lender, not AUM, determines eligibility for a private student loan. However, the university is required to certify your enrollment and calculate the amount you can borrow. The total loan amount is limited to cost of education minus financial assistance. Private student loan checks are mailed directly to the AUM Cashier Office, and require both the university and student must endorse the check for the funds to be applied to the student AUM account.
The university does not endorse or recommend any specific private loan lenders or products. To link to a nonprofit, independent website than provides information about private student loan programs and offers a comparison calculator, click here. Also, if you would like to retrieve a copy of the Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification Form, click here.
To register or verify registration status with Selective Service, click here. Males age 18 and above MUST be registered with Selective Service to meet eligibility requirements for federal and state aid programs.
The Internet’s largest free scholarship search engine, FASTWEB is available with just a click! Also check out StudentScholarships.org, Alabama's leading source for finding scholarship money!
To view a guide on student financial aid provided by the U.S. Department of Education, click here.
Students with disabilities may be eligible for financial assistance through Alabama's Department of Rehabilitation Services. Call 800-441-7578 or visit www.rehab.state.al.us to find the nearest office for assistance.