Student Financial Services
The University of North Alabama participates in both the Federal Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant programs, in addition to the Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP).
Unlike loans, grants are not repaid unless you are awarded funds incorrectly or withdraw from school prior to the scheduled end of term. All federal grants are awarded to students based on financial need.
General information about these programs is included in the Student Guide, available in print upon request to UNA Student Financial Services or on-line at the US Department of Education web site.
UNA does NOT participate in the TEACH grant program.
To be considered for any grant program at UNA, you must file the FAFSA.
All FAFSA applicants are automatically considered for all grants and awarded the maximum amount of Pell according to the federal payment schedule. Standard award amounts for SEOG and ASAP are $300/year for 2012-2013. Students must be eligible for a Pell Grant in order to receive SEOG or ASAP. Both SEOG and ASAP are limited funds.
Year Round Pell Eligibility
According to legislation passed by Congress and signed into law on April 14, 2011, 2011-2011 was the last aid year for which students may be eligible for a second Pell award in an aid year.
Beginning with the 2011-2012 award year, Pell eligible students may receive only a single Pell award each academic year. Students may receive an amount up to the maximum award for which he or she is eligible. Pell grants are awarded based on full-time enrollment but will be reduced for less than full-time enrollment.
LIFETIME ELIGIBILITY FOR PELL GRANT IS NOW LIMITED: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 reduced the duration of a student's eligibility to receive the Pell grant from 18 semesters (or its equivalent) to 12 semesters (or its equivalent). This provision applies to all Federal Pell grant eligibile students effective with the 2012-2013 award year. Students should be mindful of the Pell grant lifetime eligibility limits when making academic plans. Students who provided an email address when filing the FAFSA will be notified by the U. S. Department Education when he or she is near or has exceeded the lifetime eligibility.