Alabama is home to the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Tuskegee University and many other top-notch schools, in addition to a wealth of public two-year colleges. While the individual colleges and universities offer their own bank of scholarships, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education provides scholarships and other resources to help students find ways to pay for college in Alabama. In order to be eligible for many of the state’s scholarship programs, particularly need-based scholarships, students must fill out the FAFSA to determine their family’s estimated contribution.
Alabama’s Student Assistance Program provides need-based scholarships to students throughout Alabama. Scholarships range between $300 and $2,500 a year and are administered by the colleges and universities in Alabama who determine eligibility based on a student’s FAFSA. Students attending two-year and four-year colleges are eligible to apply for funds through this program.
Students attending a two-year college are eligible to apply for Alabama’s Two-Year College Academic Scholarship program which provides scholarships that have the potential to cover full-tuition and fees at a two-year college in Alabama. Students have the option of renewing the scholarship yearly if they perform well academically while attending the college.
The Smith Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for approximately 20 students from Alabama every year. Preference for scholarships is given to students who are the first in their family to attend college. Applicants must have a C+ average to apply for the scholarship and submit essays outlining their future goals and community and family involvement. The scholarship will pay for up to $15,000 per year for tuition at a four-year college or university in Alabama.
Additional scholarships are offered by the state of Alabama for students from a variety of backgrounds. Scholarships are available for students who are dependents of Alabama veterans, members of the Alabama National Guard or descendants of veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. AlabamaMentor.org contains a list of these scholarships and provides the opportunity for students to search for more scholarships that meet their individual interests and financial situation.