Step 1 – Apply
- Apply for admission to The University of Alabama Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions.
- Note the UA priority date to apply for federal student aid is December 1.
- Know criteria for Federal Student Aid (i.e. Federal Pell Grant and Federal Stafford Loans).
- Know eligibility criteria for UA Scholarships.
- Plan your budget for the upcoming academic year.
- Review helpful hints for applying for aid.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the applicable term each year.
- Make sure you use .gov sites for federal aid applications!
Step 2 – Complete
Now that you have completed the FAFSA and have been admitted to UA, the next step is to ensure that your financial aid application is complete.
In some cases you may have to provide additional information on the FAFSA or submit documentation to our office.
Respond to any requests for additional information quickly!
Responding to the FAFSA:
The FAFSA that you submitted is processed by the Central Processing System (CPS) and generates a printed Student Aid Report (SAR). The following are some helpful hints to ensure that you have a valid SAR.
- Review your SAR for accuracy.
- Pay particular attention to the information summary in part one and the income figures in part two.
- If corrections are required, revisit studentaid.gov and select “make corrections to a processed FAFSA.”
- If you do not receive an email directing you to a website where you may view your SAR within four weeks, contact the CPS at 1-800-433-3243 to check on the status of your application.
Responding to The University of Alabama:
Based on your responses to the questions on the FAFSA, we may need additional information to validate your financial aid application. If additional information is requested, you will receive a letter from our office indicating the item(s) needed to complete your file.
Some of the more common documentation requests include:
- Verification of income
- Verification of Social Security information
- Verification of previous Federal loan amounts borrowed
- Verification of Immigration and Naturalization status
Step 3 – Review
Once your financial aid application file is complete, you will receive an award notification letter and an e-mail that contains the steps to reviewing and accepting your award.
Step 4 – Receive
If you have accepted your award, your funds are ready for disbursement to your student account.
If your semester funds are in excess of your semester charges, you will receive a refund by direct deposit. You may create a student direct deposit bank account on myBama with Student Account Services. Refunds resulting from Parent PLUS Loans may, in some circumstances, be provided by a check mailed to the parent borrower.
Some common things that prevent your aid from being disbursed to your student account: