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Student Financial Aid > Types of Aid > 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 new TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4,000 a year in grant aid to Athens State University undergraduate students with majors in:
Bachelor of Science in Education - Collaborative Teacher (K-6)
Bachelor of Science in Education - Collaborative Teacher (6-12)
Bachelor Science in Biology/Licensure (6-12)
Bachelor Science in Chemistry/Licensure (6-12)
Bachelor Science in General Science/Licensure (6-12)
Bachelor Science in Mathematics/Licensure (6-12) or:

Majoring in Alabama's High Need Areas of:
Bachelor of Arts in English (Language Arts Licensure 6-12)
Bachelor of Arts in History Licensure (6-12)
Bachelor of Science in Social Science/Licensure (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. Awards on this grant may be delayed due to the late implementation of the program by the Congress and the US Department of Education. We will update our site as information becomes available.

Interested in the Teach Grant Program?
Review the information at the new TEACH grant program link to determine if you are eligible:
TEACH Grant Program Information

If eligible for the TEACH grant program:

  1. Complete the online entrance counseling session for TEACH and the Agreement to Serve (ATS)
    at www.teach-ats.ed.gov
  2. Complete the Federal Direct Student Loan Entrance Counseling Online at: www.studentloans.gov
Links to other TEACH Grant information:
TEACH Grant Exit Counseling Acknowledgement
TEACH Grant Exit Counseling Guide

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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grant
Bureau of Indian Affairs-Higher Ed Grants are provided to supplement financial assistance to eligible American Indian/Alaska Native students entering college seeking a baccalaureate degree. The Higher Education Grant Program is not an entitlement program. Students do not automatically receive funding because they are American Indian/Alaska Native. Students must meet certain criteria in order to apply for a Higher ED Grant. More information on BIA grants is available www.bia.gov. The grant application is available from the education office of the Tribe in which you are affiliated or possess membership. As the majority of federally recognized tribes are administering the grant program for their tribal members, call your tribe first. A Tribal Directory is located at: here. Information on tracing Indian Ancestry is located at here.

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.

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