UA Financial Aid Office
Eligibility for Financial Aid
A student-athlete must meet applicable NCAA, SEC and University of Alabama regulations to be eligible for institutional financial aid. If these regulations are met, the student-athlete may be awarded institutional financial aid during any term in which a student-athlete is in regular attendance under the following conditions:
- The student-athlete is an undergraduate student with eligibility remaining under the five year/ten semester rule, or
- The student-athlete is a graduate student with eligibility remaining, or
- Within six years after initial enrollment in a collegiate institution (provided the student does not receive more than five years of such aid during this period), however, after the six year period expires, this restriction shall apply only to unearned athletics aid for which the athletic department intercedes on behalf of the student-athlete
A full athletics grant-in-aid is financial aid that consists of tuition and fees, room and board, and course-related textbooks.
Reduction/Cancellation of Institutional Financial Aid
If a student-athlete is receiving institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability, that financial aid MAY be reduced or canceled during the period of the award (e.g., during that academic year or term) only if the student-athlete:
- Renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition, or
- Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement, or
- Commits serious misconduct which warrants a substantial disciplinary penalty (the misconduct determination must be made by the university's regular student disciplinary authority), or
- Voluntarily quits the sport for personal reasons. In this case, the student-athlete's financial aid may not be given to another student-athlete during the term in which the aid was reduced or canceled.
Institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability MAY NOT be reduced, canceled or increased during the period of the award,
- Based on a student-athlete's ability, performance or contribution to a team's success, or
- Because injury prevents the student-athlete from participating, or
- For any other athletics reason.
Institutional Financial Aid Renewal/Nonrenewal
Aid based in any degree on athletics ability cannot be awarded in excess of one academic year, the decision of whether a student-athlete is awarded institutional financial aid is made on a year-to-year or term-to-term basis, depending on the regulations of the institution.
If a student-athlete is receiving institutional financial aid based upon athletics ability, the institution must notify the student-athlete in writing on or before July 1st whether the aid has been renewed, reduced or not renewed for the next academic year. This written notification must come from the university's financial aid authority and not from the athletics department.
If the institution decides not to renew the aid, or is going to reduce the aid, the institution must notify the student-athlete in writing that he or she has the right to a hearing. This hearing is held before the institutional agency making the award.
Summer Financial Aid
Summer financial aid may be awarded only to attend UA's summer school or summer orientation program, provided the student has been in residence a minimum of one term during the regular academic year.
A student-athlete who is eligible for institutional financial aid during the summer is not required to be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies. However, the student-athlete may not receive financial aid that exceeds the cost of a full grant-in-aid for attendance in that summer term.
A student-athlete shall not receive athletically-related financial aid to attend UA's summer term unless the student-athlete received such athletically-related aid from UA during the student-athlete's previous academic year or he/she will receive such athletically-related aid for the first time at UA during the following academic year.
An institution that conducts multiple summer sessions may not award athletically related financial aid to attend any one session that exceeds the proportion of the amount of athletically related financial aid received by the student-athlete during the previous academic year.
UA may not provide a student-athlete with financial aid to attend a summer session at a branch campus of the institution