Student Grants

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 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)

*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.