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Alabama Scholarships, Grants and Student Loans

By B. Ferrey | For

The state of Alabama cares about its students. To make sure every student has the necessary opportunities, Alabama scholarships are available.  The following programs provide the necessary contact information to make your application process simple and easy to complete.

1.  The Alabama Student Assistance Program

This program is a need-based, state/federal grant that can range from $300 to $2,500 per academic year. These awards are limited to students doing undergraduate work. Qualified students attend an Alabama school, one of the 80 that are registered in this program. Your free application for this federal aide can be obtained at your participating school, in the guidance office or from the school you plan to attend. The form needs to be filed early in the application process for best results.

2.  The Alabama Student Grant Program

This award of grant assistance is provided if you are attending an eligible independent Alabama college or university. It is based primarily on supply. Up to $1200 per academic year is available to the qualified student with maximum amounts available only when there are sufficient funds.

The qualified undergraduate student--either half-time or full-time—needs to be an Alabama resident attending one of the following schools: Spring Hill College, Birmingham-Southern College, Oakwood College, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Miles College, Judson College, Concordia College, Samford University, Amridge University, Stillman College, United States Sports Academy, University of Mobile or South University – from the Montgomery Campus. The applications are available from any financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend. Application timeline and response dates are printed on the application form.

3.  The Junior and Community College Athletic Scholarship Program

The athletic award is not to exceed the total amount in tuition and books needed for attendance at any public community college in Alabama. This award is based on demonstrated athletic ability. Ability is determined through the try-out process. Limits have been placed on various sports. Any full-time student enrolled in public, junior or community colleges in Alabama are eligible to apply. Awards may be renewed on the basis of continued participation in the designated sport or activity. Contact the coach, athletic director or financial aid officer at any junior or community college in Alabama to obtain an application.

4.  Alabama GI Dependents Educational Benefit Program

Tuition, fees and book assistance is available to children and spouses of eligible Alabama veterans who have at least a partial disability. Recipients of this award may attend any public institution of higher education in Alabama. Any student who is a child or spouse of an Alabama veteran and who attends a public post-secondary educational institution in Alabama can apply. To qualify, the student must enroll as an undergraduate. Application forms are obtained from the Alabama State Department of Veterans Affairs; P.O. Box 1509 Montgomery, AL 36102-1509 or from any county veteran’s service officer. To call for more information about this application, phone 334-242-5077.

5.  Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program

This scholarship provides state-based tuition only and is provided for attendance at public, junior and community colleges. Awards given are based on demonstrated talent determined through competitive auditions. Awards are not based on financial need. This program is available to full-time students attending college in Alabama. Competitive auditions are scheduled as part of the application process.

6.  Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program

This award is not to exceed use for in-state tuition and books for attendance at any public two-year post-secondary educational institution in Alabama. This program bases the award on demonstrated academic merit as determined by the institutional scholarship committee. The award is not based on financial situations. It is organized for students who are accepted for enrollment at any public two-year or post-secondary educational institution located in Alabama. The award may be renewed if the student demonstrates academic excellence. Priority is given to in-state residents. To learn more about this program, contact your college financial aid office. Application time-line dates are printed on the application form.

Alabama scholarships, grants and student loans are easy to access and simple to apply for. Parents of students and academic scholars are encouraged to seek out the funding needed to ensure a higher education. Further information on grants, scholarships, loans and other forms of support can be found in the admissions office of any public educational institution in Alabama.

7.  Alabama Scholarships for Dependents of Blind Parents

 For families where the head of the household is blind and the families cannot pay for post-secondary education,  this award can cover the costs of instructional fees and tuition at the Alabama state institutions.

8.   American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Program/American Legion Scholarship Program

 Students who attend an institution with on-campus housing and are daughters, sons, grandsons, or granddaughters or veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea or Vietnam are eligible to apply for the $850 award.

9.  Alabama Nursing Scholarship Program

Alabama students pursuing a nursing career can apply for scholarships of varying amounts.

10.  Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivor’s Educational Assistance

Undergraduate Alabama students who are the dependents and eligible spouses of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty can apply for grants for covers books, tuition, fees and supplies.

For additional information, visit the Alabama Commission on higher education at