Coastal Alabama strives to provide every student with resources available for educational expenses. Students must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal and state grants. In some instances, funding is limited and first-come, first-serve. There may be certain requirements that must be met to be eligible for grants, see below.
Federal Pell Grants
The most need based of the student aid programs, this grant provides aid to low and middle income undergraduate students. Awards vary depending on the cost of attendance and financial circumstances of students and their families. Pell grants do not have to be repaid and are limited to 12 semesters of full-time enrollment or its equivalent (600% LEU).
Summer Pell Grants
Students may now receive additional Pell for the summer. The amount of Pell that a student may receive during the summer is up to 50 percent of their annual Pell package. Students who qualify for summer Pell will automatically receive the package. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (in degree plan) to be eligible for the additional 50% summer Pell.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Coastal Alabama offers FSEOG to students with exceptional financial need, based on availability of funds, on a first come, first serve basis. FSEOG offers are typically $300 per semester and students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours). FSEOG does not have to be repaid.
Alabama Student Assistance Program Grants
The ASAP Grant is a state-funded grant offered to students with exceptional financial need, based on availability of funds, on a first come, first serve basis. ASAP offers are typically $300 per semester for the fall and spring and students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours). ASAP grants do not have to be repaid.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Students may be eligible to receive the IASG if they are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant based on their EFC (expected family contribution) but meet the remaining Pell grant eligibility requirements. In addition, their parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/ll. Recipients must have been under the age of 24 or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent or guardian’s death.
Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act
This bill amends Title IV (student assistance) of the HEA of 1965 to eliminate the EFC (expected family contribution used to determine financial need in the case of a Pell Grant eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty as a police officer, firefighter, or other public safety officer. Such students are eligible to receive an automatic zero EFC and qualify for the maximum Pell grant award if the student was less than 24 years old or enrolled at an institution of higher learning at the time of the parent or guardian’s death.
General Eligibility Requirements
- Be unconditionally admitted to Coastal Alabama Community College
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
- Be a high school graduate or successfully complete the GED
- Be degree seeking and enrolled in an eligible program of study
- Be taking classes that are necessary for the eligible program of study
- Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
- Students will not receive aid in excess of their cost of attendance
- Students must not be in default on any federal educational loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant
- Students must provide all information requested for completion of their financial aid file
- Complete a FAFSA every year
- Show financial need as determined by the FAFSA