How to File for Financial Aid
To apply for Federal Financial Aid
To apply for federal assistance through the Federal Pell Grants, FSEOG, Federal Work-Study and Student Loans, all applicants must follow the procedures listed below:
1. Apply for Admissions and have high school transcripts or GED, and ALL college transcripts on file. If the student is not a high school graduate or GED recipient, the Ability to Benefit Test must be completed with a satisfactory score and be on file.
2. Complete the Free application for Federal Student Aid, sign the award letter, and provide the Financial Aid Office with any documentation requested.
3. Complete the Verification Form and attach copies of U.S. Income Tax Forms, Documentation of Non-Taxable Income, and/or any other income statements needed to verify Student Aid Report. (If applicable)
Federal Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
Federal Student Aid Programs available are Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Academic Competiveness Grant, Federal Work-Study and Student Loans.
1. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov.
2. Demonstrate financial need.
3. Have a high school diploma, a GED, or have a documented ability to benefit. According to current federal regulations, students applying for federal financial assistance without a high school diploma or GED must prove ability to benefit. (See Admission Requirements.)
4. Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program.
5. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
7. Sign a statement of educational purpose/certification regarding refunds and default
8. Sign a statement of updated information, certifying that all items on the Student Aid Report (SAR) are correct
9. Agree to use any federal Student Aid received solely for educational purposes
Federal Financial Aid Application Procedures
Expenses for tuition, books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal costs are used in preparing annual student budgets to determine the applicant's financial need. Each year students are required to file the U.S. Department of Education's Application for Federal Student Aid in order to be considered for federal and non-federal aid. Applicants should apply as soon as possible after January 1.
To complete an application for financial aid, the applicant should have the following records available for reference:
1. The U.S. Income Tax Return filed after January 1 for the student, his/her parents (if he/she applies as a dependent student) and his/her spouse's return (if he/she is married and his/her spouse filed a separate return).
2. Records of benefits received from the Social Security Administration, Veterans' Administration, and other agencies that might pay non-taxable benefits.
Approximately 24-72 hours after applying, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This SAR contains the information submitted on the application and statistical information regarding eligibility for Federal Student Aid.
Students' Financial Aid Responsibilities
Students have the responsibility of knowing the requirements of applying for and receiving financial aid. The student must be familiar with the procedures relative to the guidelines affecting financial aid awards and the disbursements. They must also be knowledgeable of the MMI's refund and repayment policies.
Office of Financial Aid – Contact Information
Director of Financial Aid
Phone: (334) 683-2309
Fax: (334) 302-1419
Financial Aid Advisor
Phone: (334) 683-2389
Fax: (334) 302-1419