Alabama's Scholarship and Grant Programs

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Alabama supports a variety of need-based, and merit-based, scholarships and grants for its resident students. These financial aid programs are sponsored by the state, and administered through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Southeast Alabama Community Foundation. These state-funded programs provide vital financial assistance to students struggling to meet the rising costs of college tuition.

For college-bound students in the great state of Alabama, state sponsored financial aid programs are making college more accessible than ever before.

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The FAFSA

All students applying for any Federal or state supported financial aid must first fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s overall financial need, and the levels of government funded financial aid for which they may be eligible. All state and Federal financial aid programs, as well as most campus-based and independent programs, require the FAFSA. Students should make the submission of their FAFSA a priority before applying for any scholarships, grants or college loans.

General Scholarships and Grants from the state of Alabama

Alabama provides a wide range of scholarships and grants for its resident college-bound students. These awards may be based on merit or need, or a combination of the two. As always,  programs are subject to change depending on the availability of funding.

The following examples should demonstrate the scope of Alabama’s financial aid programs as administered by either the Alabama Commission on Higher Education or the Southeast Alabama Community Foundation.

Career Specific Scholarships and Grants

The state of Alabama supports a variety of scholarships and grants dedicated to encouraging and supporting those resident students with specific career goals. Many of these programs are designed to encourage students to pursue careers in high need fields that are critical to the infrastructure of the state.

The following are a few examples of career specific financial aid programs for resident students attending one of Alabama’s state colleges or universities.

Scholarships and Grants for Students in Specific Circumstances

Like most states, Alabama supports a variety of financial aid programs for students from specific backgrounds or with specific needs. Many of these programs will be need-based, though a few will be determined strictly on the basis of merit. As always, these scholarship and grant programs are subject to change according to the availability of state funds.

The following is a sampling of available scholarship and grant programs dedicated to the needs of students with special needs, or from unique backgrounds.

These are only a few of the scholarship and grant programs open to resident students of the state of Alabama. Interested students are encouraged to visit the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Southeast Alabama Community Foundation for more financial aid programs designed to help Alabama’s students achieve their educational goals.