My Financial Aid

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) the is the first step toward getting federal aid to pay for your college expenses.

Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) are loans that parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college.

Completing the FAFSA

The FAFSA is the application for all formats of federal aid and should be completed online each year beginning in January. It is very important that you file your federal tax return early so that you can utilize the IRS Data Retrieval when you file the FAFSA. If you do not use IRS Data Retrieval and/or you estimate your income information, you are more likely to be selected for verification which will delay your application.  Our office receives the results of your application electronically.

What happens after I file the FAFSA?

After you file your FAFSA, the federal processor will send you a confirmation email. You should expect to receive the email one to two weeks after you file. Pay careful attention to the instructions they provide. If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process, you will be instructed to do so via the FAFSA corrections process. If The University of North Alabama is listed as the school to receive your information (our school code is 001016), we will receive your results electronically. This data provides a detailed analysis of the financial information you reported and the data needed to determine your eligibility for financial assistance. It is possible that additional documentation will be required prior to receiving a federal student aid package.  We will contact you via your UNA email address if additional information is needed.

This information will walk you through the process of accepting your financial aid package for the current academic year.

1. Review your award notification. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding your awards.

2. You must read, understand and accept the Terms and Conditions Governing Financial Aid Awards. To do this, access your UNA Portal account, click Billing and Financial Aid, then click Financial Aid Award within the My Financial Aid Section, and then select the current aid year. Click the Terms and Conditions tab and click the link to read the actual terms and conditions. When you have finished, click Accept. If you have any questions regarding any of the listed terms and conditions, please contact our office before accepting them. You cannot move on to the remaining steps on this page until you have completed this step.

THE PREVIOUS STEP NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED IF YOU WILL RECEIVE PELL GRANT ONLY. IF LOANS ARE REQUESTED, STEPS 2 through 5 MUST BE COMPLETE

3. To accept, reduce or decline your financial aid, access your UNA Portal account and click Billing and Financial Aid, then click on Financial Aid Awards, select the current aid year, then click on the Accept Award Offer tab.

4. If you accept a student loan, you must sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) if you are obtaining a Direct Loan for the first time at UNA. While in the Accept Award Offer tab, you may click the link to sign the Direct Loan MPN or you may sign the MPN directly at www.studentloans.gov.

5. If you accept a student loan offer and have not previously completed loan entrance counseling, it must be completed before your loan will disburse. In Financial Aid Award, click on Financial Aid and then click on the link to Direct Loan Entrance Counseling. You may also complete this step directly at www.studentloans.gov. You may bring in the confirmation number or wait for our office to receive electronic notification that you have completed this step. Please do not confuse Loan ENTRANCE Counseling with Loan EXIT Counseling.

6. Be sure to check your financial aid requirements in the Billing and Financial Aid Tab. Outstanding requirements may prevent the timely disbursement of your financial aid.

File a FAFSA – www.fafsa.ed.gov
Complete loan entrance counseling – www.studentloans.gov

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To be eligible for federal student aid, a student must show academic progress toward a stated degree goal. A student's academic progress is checked at the end of each semester. Students will receive a warning notification if they are in danger of losing their financial aid. The student must meet the following standards of academic progress:

1. Grade Point Average (GPA). A student must meet the University's minimum academic GPA requirement for the student's respective academic class level. The institutional GPA minimums are as follows:

Freshman (0-29 earned hours) 1.60

Sophomore (30-59 earned hours) 1.85

Junior (60-89 earned hours) 1.95

Senior (90+ earned hours) 2.00

2. Hours Completed/Hours Attempted Comparison. A student must pass 67 percent of all work attempted at UNA and other institutions. All hours attempted, including hours which may have been dropped or for which the applicant did not receive a passing grade, are also included in this calculation. Additionally, terms from which the applicant may have completely withdrawn are also included in this calculation. There is no academic forgiveness of course hours attempted for federal calculation purposes, even though a student may apply for and receive the benefit of the University's Repeat/Recompute or Second Chance Provision.

3. Maximum Time Frame. A student is allowed a maximum of 172 hours to complete first undergraduate degree requirements; an additional 45 hours is allowed to complete graduate requirements. Students are allowed a maximum of 216 hours to complete a second undergraduate degree.

For more information on this policy, you may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (256) 765-4278.

If your aid has been suspended you may:

Submit an online appeal

Print and deliver an appeal to our office