Click on the tabs below to learn about the various types of financial aid that are available.
Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid. Student eligibility varies with each grant program. All grant programs require the student to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) .
Federal Pell Grants
Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. The amount a student will receive will depend on financial need, the costs to attend school, status as a full time or part time student and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFCs will be the first to get FSEOGs. Just like Pell Grants, FSEOGs don’t have to be paid back. You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on when you apply, your financial need, and the funding at Athens State University.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4,000 a year in grant aid to Athens State University undergraduate students with majors in:
Bachelor of Arts in Art with minor in Education
Bachelor of Arts in English/Language Arts with minor in Education (Grades 6-12)
Bachelor of Science in Special Education – Collaborative Teacher (K-6)
Bachelor of Science in Special Education – Collaborative Teacher (6-12)
Bachelor Science in Biology with minor in Education (6-12)
Bachelor Science in Chemistry with minor in Education (6-12)
Bachelor Science in Mathematics with minor in Education (6-12)
Majoring in Alabama’s High Need Areas of:
Bachelor of Arts in English/Language Arts with minor in Education (6-12)
Bachelor of Arts in History with minor in Education (Grades 6-12)
Bachelor of Science in Social Science with minor in Education (Grades 6-12)
*Students pursuing an additional bachelor’s degree or a post baccalaureate certification will not be eligible for the TEACH grant program.
Eligible undergraduate students may not receive more than $8,000 in total TEACH Grants at Athens State University. Please select this link: to go to the US Department of Education’s website to view Conditions, Student Eligibility Requirements, High-Need Fields, Schools Serving Low-Income Students, and TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
Interested in the Teach Grant Program?
Complete the TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), and the Federal Direct Student Loan Entrance Counseling online at www.studentloans.gov.
Alabama Student Assistance Program
Alabama Student Assistance Program is a need-based state/federal grant ranging to $2500 per academic year. Awards are limited to undergraduate work for students who are Alabama residents.
Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program (ANGEAP)
ANGEAP is a program designed to provide financial assistance to active Alabama National Guard members enrolled in degree programs at Athens State University.
Benefits: Up to $1,000 per year for book supplies, fees, not to exceed $500.00 per semester. Minimum award is $25.00 per semester and cannot exceed 100% of the total costs. Limited funds are available and are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Must be used in conjunction with a primary source of Federal assistance (GI Bill, ACES, etc.).
Eligibility: Must be at least 17 years of age, be an Alabama resident, be an active member in good standing with the Alabama National Guard, be a member of a federally recognized unit of the Alabama National Guard, completed basic training and advanced individual training, be enrolled in a degree program and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree.
Application Procedure: Obtain an ANGEAP form from your guard unit for certification. Complete section one and submit the ANGEAP form to the Student Financial Services Office at Athens State University. Alabama Commissions on Higher Education (ACHE) will send the payment to the school’s Financial Aid Office to be issued by the Business Office.
Procedures for Applying for Federal Work-Study Positions
- Complete the FAFSA application.
- Submit your resume (including your major) to on Athenian Jobs.
- Once eligibility has been determined, resume is forwarded to offices with available openings.
- Interested supervisors will contact applicants to schedule an interview.
Institutional Work Study Positions
Any Athens State student wishing to apply for Institutional Workstudy Employment should contact the Business Office Payroll Department in Founders’ Hall to complete an application packet. An application must be on file in the payroll office in order to be eligible for student employment.
Federal Work Study Handbook – Download
Federal Work Study Timesheet – Download
Direct Student Loans
Direct Student Loans are low-interest loans for students to help pay for the cost of a student’s education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution. Direct Subsidized Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2010, have an interest rate of 4.5% while Direct Unsubsidized Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2010, have an interest rate of 6.8%. In addition to interest, you pay a loan fee of up to 2.5% of the principal amount of each Direct Subsidized or Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you receive.
Direct Subsidized Loans are loans for students with financial need, as determined by federal regulations. No interest is charged while you are in school at least half-time, during your grace period and during deferment periods.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans for students that are not based on financial need. Interest is charged during all periods.
To apply for a Direct Student Loan the student must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file with Student Financial Aid. Please see the information in Apply for Assistance for more details.
Student Loan Repayment is Required
Please see the website: www.studentloans.gov for detailed information concerning:
- Direct Lending
- Managing your student loans
- Entrance Counseling
- Master Promissory Note
- Exit Counseling
- Loan Consolidation
- Loan Repayment Options
- Loan forgiveness programs for teachers and public service
- Assistance with repayment of student loans
- Finding your Financial Aid History
***Note to students interested in private loan funding*** Please return the completed pages linked below to allow you to apply for loans from private sources. Athens State does not recommend private student loans or lenders. The use of private student loans is at the sole discretion of the student. Athens State University does not certify loans for students in a suspended status.
Parents are eligible to apply for loans to fund their child’s education at Athens State University. The PLUS interest rate is currently 7.9% fixed rate. Parents can borrow a PLUS Loan to help pay education expenses for their dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time in an eligible program at an eligible school. PLUS Loans are available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. PLUS loans require an acceptable credit history. Parents may borrow up to the cost of education less other financial aid offered to the student. Repayment for PLUS loans begins 60 days after the last disbursement unless the parent opts for a deferment. PLUS borrowers may choose to delay repayment until six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half time. Interest may be paid or capitalized upon entering loan repayment.
To apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan:
- The student must have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file with the Office of Student Financial Services. (Please see the information in Apply for Assistance for more details.).
- The Parent must complete a Loan Agreement for a PLUS Loan (MPN) online. This Master Promissory note requires the parent to have an FSA ID and PASSWORD to complete at www.studentloans.gov.
- The Parent must also provide application data by applying for the loan under the “Parent Borrowers” section at www.studentloans.gov.
Useful Links for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Borrower
Direct Loans – Information about PLUS loans.
Financial Aid recipients may occasionally need to attend another institution to obtain coursework when Athens State courses are not available. A financial aid recipient in good standing may request to enroll in a course at another college or university through the Financial Aid Consortium Agreement.
Consortium Agreements are a binding agreement between schools, and the student, that enable a student to receive federal aid from Athens State University while being enrolled as a visiting student at another school. The university from which a student intends to earn a degree is called the “home institution,” while the other school is considered to be the “host institution.”
A student should complete a financial aid consortium agreement because they may be entitled to receive additional financial aid based on the combined credits at both schools. They must have at least one-three enrollment hours at Athens State to receive federal grants and at least six enrollment hours at Athens State for federal loans through this agreement. A student must also have a transient/visiting student authorization on file in the Athens State Registrar Office for courses specified on the financial aid consortium agreement.
Athens State does not make any payment to the host institution on the student’s behalf. The student must verify payment guidelines with the host institution before enrolling in any course.
Not all institutions participate in consortium agreements. A list of institutions that participate are below:
Bevill State Community College
Calhoun State Community College
Northeast State Community College
Northwest Shoals Community College
Snead State Community College
Wallace State Community College – Hanceville
The form can be found here: Consortium Agreement
The Financial Aid Consortium Agreement consists of two pages. The student must complete page 1 and submit to the host institution for completion of page 2. The agreement must be completed in full before it will be processed. A student checklist is below:
To participate a student must:
- Make sure you are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress and have meet all other financial aid eligibility requirements.
- Complete and submit a transient/visiting student authorization to the Athens State Registrar Office for approval of the required course. The form must be on file in the Registrar’s Office before the Financial Aid Consortium Agreement is processed.
- Register for required course at the host institution after all admissions requirements guidelines have been meet.
- Complete and sign page 1 of the Financial Aid Consortium Agreement.
- Submit the Financial Aid Consortium Agreement to the host school’s Financial Aid Office to have page 2 completed and follow up later to make sure the completed form has been forwarded to the Athens State Financial Aid Office.
- Check with the host school to determine when its enrollment fees are due. Even if payment is due prior to financial aid disbursement at Athens State, you may be obligated to pay your host institution in a timely manner.
- Must notify the Athens State Financial Aid Office of any changes in enrollment at the host Institution.
The Athens State Financial Aid Office will verify that all steps have been completed, attendance has been confirmed at the host institution and will update the financial aid offer based on the combined credits at both institutions per federal guidelines.