Student Financial Aid
Only undergraduate students who have not previously received a bachelor's degree and who demonstrate appropriate need are eligible for the following programs.
Federal Pell Grants are available to eligible students. The amount of the grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA and enrollment status. Awards are limited to the 1st undergraduate degree. The Pell Grant is limited to 12 full time terms. Two half time enrollment terms = one full time enrollment term. Students may not receive Pell Grant for more than 12 full time terms. Students who receive their maximum full time Pell award for fall and spring terms will have no Pell eligibility remaining for summer term.
Federal grants for approximately $1000 per academic year are awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Generally, students must be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, apply early, and meet other eligibility requirements in order to be considered. Funds for this program are very limited.
State-funded grants for approximately $1000 per academic year are available to Alabama residents who demonstrate high financial need. Generally, students must be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, apply early, be an Alabama resident and meet other eligibility requirements in order to be considered. Funds for this program are very limited.
The Federal Teach Grant
provides funds for students pursuing a degree in specific education programs. The program provides grant funds for postsecondary students who are completing coursework in a federally designated critical-need area of education and agree to serve for at least four-years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a low-income school. For disbursements on Teach Grants made prior to October 1, 2020, eligible students may receive up to $3,764 per year in TEACH Grant funds. For new Teach Grants disbursed after October 1, 2020, eligible students may receive up to $3,772 per year in TEACH Grant funds. Disbursement amounts are prorated based on credit hours. Failure to complete the four-year service agreement will result in the grant being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan in which you must repay in full, with interest.
The IASG Grant
is available for students who are not Pell eligible whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11 and were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent's or guardian's death. The FAFSA will notify us of students who are potentially eligible for this fund.
Under this scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC and be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent's or guardian's death. In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student. If you think that you meet the criteria for this scholarship, please complete the CFH Application
, attach the relevant documentation, and return to our office.