FEDERAL PELL GRANT PROGRAM
This program is designed to provide financial assistance to persons at the undergraduate level who need funds to attend a post high school educational institution. The actual size of a grant award will depend upon the family’s financial situation, the amount of funds actually available for the program each year and the cost of education. For the Pell Grant program, an undergraduate is one who has not earned a bachelor’s or first professional degree. Pell Grants provide a “foundation” of financial aid to which aid from other Federal and non-Federal sources may be added. All paperwork must be submitted to the Student Financial Services Office during 45 the period of enrollment for payment. The final academic year deadline is the third week of the summer term.
FEDERAL WORK-STUDY PROGRAM
This program is designed to help students pay for part or all of their educational expenses by working part-time on campus, in coordination with their class schedules. This program is available on the basis of need as defined by the student’s Pell Grant information.
Federal Subsidized Loans — provides students the opportunity to borrow funds for education costs at low interest rates. For students with a defined need, the federal government subsidizes the interest during the certain specified periods.
Federal Unsubsidized Loans — for students with no defined need the federal government provides loan funds with low interest rates, but does not subsidize the interest. Interest accrues to the student while enrolled in school.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS
• U. S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
• Registered with Selective Service (if required)
• Working toward a degree or certificate
• Making satisfactory academic progress
• Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default of a federal educational loan
• Demonstrate financial need via the application process
• Not receiving aid at more than one school during the same enrollment period
Fine Arts - Choir, Music Scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis- $1,000.00 per scholarship. The student is given $500.00 per semester.
Academic - Academic scholarships can be awarded annually by each division of the University. Each division can award up to five (5) scholarships each year. Up to $2,000.00 per scholarship, subject to an approved GPA.
Athletic - Athletic scholarships are awarded annually in basketball and baseball. $2,000.00 per scholarship, $1,000.00 per semester.
No student will be awarded two (2) full institutional scholarships at the same time. For example, a student cannot be awarded a Fine Arts and an Academic scholarship concurrently. However, if an Academic Scholar is also eligible to sing in the Choir and/or has an exceptional GPA, the University will consider a sliding scale of 75%, 50% or 25%, accordingly, never to exceed the total amount of tuition for the academic year.
Students must note that Fine Arts or Academic scholarships are not full scholarships; hence, they do not cover all tuition and fees. Students are advised to contact the Business Office for full details on all available financial assistance.
Association - Many Associations within the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention award annual scholarships to students from their associations. These scholarships are paid directly to the University and credited to the students’ accounts respectively.
Church - Many churches grant scholarships to deserving members of their respective congregation deemed in need of assistance in attethe Universitynding . The amounts vary from church to church. Some scholarships are given to the school to administer to deserving students.
*NOTE- ALL INQUIRES ARE TO FIRST BE MADE IN THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE OR THE BUSINESS OFFICE.
GENERAL AND SPECIAL
A number of scholarships are made available to deserving students through the efforts of Selma University.
General Scholarships - are awarded on the criteria set by the President and/or Board Members. The following or restricted scholarships are based on the specific criteria of the individual scholarship:
• Emancipation Proclamation Scholarship (Selma)
• Greater St. Mark Scholarship
The entire groups listed above are agency or individually sponsored. There are corporations, organizations, alumni and civic donations of scholarships available at various times. All interested students should contact Selma University’s Business Office or President’s Office for specific qualifications, details and amounts of these awards.
*NOTE-Scholarship inquiries should be made directly to the Office of the President.