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Top 25 Alabama Scholarships in February 2024

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Updated: January 15th, 2024

If you are a high school student or a current college or graduate student in the state of Alabama, you are probably looking for scholarships to help pay for or fully fund your education. Luckily, there are a number of generous scholarships for Alabama students. Keep reading to learn how to fund your Alabama educational dreams!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

CollegeCounts Scholarship

Offered by Alabama Treasury

Multiple awards worth $2,000 - $4,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Alabama Treasury

Are you a college-bound Alabama high school senior who will be attending an in-state university for the upcoming school year? If so, you may be…Show More

Are you a college-bound Alabama high school senior who will be attending an in-state university for the upcoming school year? If so, you may be…Show More

Are you a college-bound Alabama high school senior who will be attending an in-state university for the upcoming school year? If so, you may be eligible for the CollegeCounts Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $4,000 and $2,000, respectively, to eligible four-year college enrollees and two-year college enrollees. Applicants must also be U.S. Citizens, have a minimum 2.75 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. If you're an aspiring college student from Alabama, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $2,000 - $4,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Apply

Jay Murphy Scholarship

Offered by Central Alabama Community (CAC) Foundation

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Central Alabama Community (CAC) Foundation

Are you a college-bound high school senior from a school in Montgomery County in Alabama? If so, you may be eligible for the Jay Murphy…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior from a school in Montgomery County in Alabama? If so, you may be eligible for the Jay Murphy…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior from a school in Montgomery County in Alabama? If so, you may be eligible for the Jay Murphy Scholarship! Each year, this scholarship benefits individuals who have the desire to become teachers and relate well with young people. Applicants may be entering or continuing college, individuals who are in education and want to upgrade their skills, or working individuals who wish to return to college to become teachers. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. If you're an aspiring teacher from Montgomery County in Alabama, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Niche $25,000 No Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Dr. Charles & Patricia May Scholarship

Offered by Community Foundation of South Alabama

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Community Foundation of South Alabama

Are you a Clarke County (Alabama) student pursuing a degree in medicine or nursing? If so, you may be eligible for the Dr. Charles &…Show More

Are you a Clarke County (Alabama) student pursuing a degree in medicine or nursing? If so, you may be eligible for the Dr. Charles &…Show More

Are you a Clarke County (Alabama) student pursuing a degree in medicine or nursing? If so, you may be eligible for the Dr. Charles & Patricia May Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to select Clarke County healthcare students who are attending a college in Alabama, and have a minimum 3.5 GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher. If you're from Clarke County, Alabama, and are aspiring to a career in nursing or medicine, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships

Offered by Alabama Society of CPAs

Multiple awards worth $2,500
Deadline Mar 8, 2024
Grade Level College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Alabama Society of CPAs

Are you an pursuing a degree in accounting at an Alabama university? If so, you may be eligible for the Alabama Society of Certified Public…Show More

Are you an pursuing a degree in accounting at an Alabama university? If so, you may be eligible for the Alabama Society of Certified Public…Show More

Are you an pursuing a degree in accounting at an Alabama university? If so, you may be eligible for the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to multiple eligible Alabama students who are members of the ASCPA (membership is free), have or are in the process of completing Financial/Intermediate Accounting I and II courses, and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Applicants must also have at least one full year left in school and plan to pursue CPA licensure. If you're an Alabama student with a passion for accounting, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $2,500
Deadline Mar 8, 2024
Grade Level College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program

Offered by National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.

Multiple awards worth Varies
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.

Are you a graduate student interested in working directly with children to address their special needs? If so, consider applying for the NAJA Graduate Scholarship…Show More

Are you a graduate student interested in working directly with children to address their special needs? If so, consider applying for the NAJA Graduate Scholarship…Show More

Are you a graduate student interested in working directly with children to address their special needs? If so, consider applying for the NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program! The program is open to students pursuing graduate-level studies for one year in fields that address the special needs of children and youth. Some such needs may include counseling, mental health, special education, speech pathology, exceptional children, remedial skills development, and gifted and talented. To help address these needs, the scholarship program was created by the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA). Since 1962, the Junior Auxiliary Project has served to help children and make a difference in their lives by providing support, resources, and education for its programs. Each year, multiple scholarships of varying amounts are awarded to help pay for the education of students planning to work with children. If you are interested in working with children and attending to their special needs, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

Dream.US Opportunity Scholarship

Offered by TheDream.Us

Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

Offered by TheDream.Us

Are you an undocumented immigrant student who came to U.S before the age of 16? If so, you may be eligible for the Dream.US Opportunity…Show More

Are you an undocumented immigrant student who came to U.S before the age of 16? If so, you may be eligible for the Dream.US Opportunity…Show More

Are you an undocumented immigrant student who came to U.S before the age of 16? If so, you may be eligible for the Dream.US Opportunity Scholarship! The Dream.US Opportunity Scholarship is open to undocumented high school seniors/graduates residing in states where they effectively have no access to college due to high out-of-state tuition costs or as their state's public universities will not admit them. The scholarship is offered by TheDream.Us, the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers, or immigrant youth who came to the U.S. at a very young age without documentation. TheDream.Us believes that all DREAMers need is an opportunity, and providing them with financial support to complete college will give them that opportunity. Thus, each year, the Dream.US Opportunity Scholarship awards up to $80,000 to students to help cover the costs of one's bachelor’s degree program at one of their Opportunity Partner Colleges. If you’re an undocumented immigrant student residing in a locked-out state who is passionate about pursuing a postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply! Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Apply

Linly Heflin Scholarship

Offered by Linly Heflin

Multiple awards worth $10,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Linly Heflin

Are you a woman attending a four-year university or college in Alabama? If so, consider applying for the Linly Heflin Scholarship! The scholarship is open…Show More

Are you a woman attending a four-year university or college in Alabama? If so, consider applying for the Linly Heflin Scholarship! The scholarship is open…Show More

Are you a woman attending a four-year university or college in Alabama? If so, consider applying for the Linly Heflin Scholarship! The scholarship is open to undergraduate women enrolled in higher education institutions in Alabama. It is offered by the Linly Heflin Unit, a nonprofit, Alabama-based organization that started as a women’s service association in 1919. Since 1923, it has focused on furthering the education of young women. Every year, multiple recipients are chosen to receive $10,000 through the Linly Heflin Scholarship. If you are a woman pursuing your undergraduate degree in Alabama and are looking for some help paying for educational expenses, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $10,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship

Offered by ARRL Foundation Inc.

1 award worth $1,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by ARRL Foundation Inc.

The Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students with an active Amateur Radio License Class. To be eligible, you must reside…Show More

The Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students with an active Amateur Radio License Class. To be eligible, you must reside…Show More

The Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students with an active Amateur Radio License Class. To be eligible, you must reside in and attend a post-secondary institution in Georgia or Alabama and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to applicants studying electronics, communications, or a related field. Don't miss out on this chance to further your education and pursue your passions!Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

James Cothran, KD3NI, Scholarship

Offered by ARRL Foundation Inc.

1 award worth $2,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by ARRL Foundation Inc.

The James Cothran, KD3NI, Scholarship is open to students with any active Amateur Radio License Class. Applicants must be residing in the Atlantic Division (DE,…Show More

The James Cothran, KD3NI, Scholarship is open to students with any active Amateur Radio License Class. Applicants must be residing in the Atlantic Division (DE,…Show More

The James Cothran, KD3NI, Scholarship is open to students with any active Amateur Radio License Class. Applicants must be residing in the Atlantic Division (DE, MD, PA, Southern NJ, Western NY), the Roanoke Division (NC, SC, VA, WV), the Southeastern Division (AL, FL, GA), or Washington, D.C. Don't miss out on this chance to further your education and passion for amateur radio!Show Less

1 award worth $2,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed

Offered by ARRL Foundation Inc.

1 award worth $1,500
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level College Students

Offered by ARRL Foundation Inc.

The Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed is up for grabs! If you're an Amateur Radio license holder and…Show More

The Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed is up for grabs! If you're an Amateur Radio license holder and…Show More

The Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed is up for grabs! If you're an Amateur Radio license holder and studying Agriculture, Business, Science, Math, Engineering or a Technology-related field, you're eligible to apply. Florida residents get first dibs, but if no one qualifies, applicants from elsewhere in the ARRL Southeastern Division (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) will be given preference. Don't miss out on this opportunity to further your education!Show Less

1 award worth $1,500
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship

Offered by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

1 award worth $1,500
Expected deadline November 2024
Grade Level College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student

Offered by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

Are you a female college student pursuing a STEM major who has served in the U.S. armed forces or are enrolled in an ROTC program?…Show More

Are you a female college student pursuing a STEM major who has served in the U.S. armed forces or are enrolled in an ROTC program?…Show More

Are you a female college student pursuing a STEM major who has served in the U.S. armed forces or are enrolled in an ROTC program? If so, you may be eligible for the Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship! The scholarship is open to female college STEM majors who are current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, are in ROTC programs, or descend from veterans or AFCEA members. The program is offered by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), a nonprofit membership association that seeks to provide a forum for the "ethical exchange of information." This scholarship honors Colonel Kathleen Swacina and her accomplishments with the AFCEA to support the community and support students who persevere when faced with adversity. Every year, one applicant receives a $1,500 scholarship to use towards their education. If you are passionate about STEM and have a personal connection to the Armed forces, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

1 award worth $1,500
Expected deadline November 2024
Grade Level College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student
Get Started

Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship

Offered by Alabama Law Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Expected deadline June 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Alabama Law Foundation

The Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship is funded by the Alabama Law Foundation, an organization that provides access to justice for all and respect for and understanding…Show More

The Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship is funded by the Alabama Law Foundation, an organization that provides access to justice for all and respect for and understanding…Show More

The Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship is funded by the Alabama Law Foundation, an organization that provides access to justice for all and respect for and understanding of the law throughout the state of Alabama. Every year, their Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to Alabama residents who are academically outstanding second-year law students. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Expected deadline June 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started
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How to win Alabama scholarships

Alabama is a unique and historical state that offers vibrant cultural traditions. With its deep roots in the Civil Rights Movement, Alabama is home to many historical landmarks. Students can follow the Civil Rights Trail and visit the Rosa Parks Museum. Alabama is the perfect place to connect your love for history with your scholarship applications in order to make you the strongest candidate to win Alabama scholarships. 

Additionally, Alabama is a beautiful state filled with beaches, mountains, and lakes. Writing scholarship applications that share a desire to conserve the beautiful Alabama environment can give you an edge over other applicants. Overall, it is important to combine your passions with the uniqueness of Alabama as a state. This will allow you to showcase your strengths while also proving that you can make a difference in the state of Alabama. 

Resources to help win Alabama scholarships

Regardless of where you are in the scholarship search process, Scholarships360 has an abundance of helpful resources! Most scholarships require you to write an essay about yourself, but the most challenging  part can be learning how to start a scholarship essay. Luckily, we have you covered! Be sure to also check out our Scholarships360 guides on how to write a 250 word essay, how to write a 500 word essay, and the ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships

Alabama student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, Alabama residents owe $23.5 billion total in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe $37,137 each on average (those numbers do not include private loans). 50.3% of these loan borrowers are under the age of 35. 

When looking for ways to fund your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow you to take fewer loans. Be sure to apply for as many as you’re qualified for. Keep on reading to learn more about top Alabama scholarships, as well as merit scholarships from colleges in Alabama!

Merit scholarships at Alabama colleges and universities

Auburn University

  • Eligibility: Applicants are assessed on academic achievement, including GPA, academic rigor, ACT or SAT test score reports, AP or IB test score reports
  • Amount: $3,500 up to full cost of tuition
  • Deadline: December 1 

Samford University 

  • Eligibility: Samford offers academic merit scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students. Required ACT scores and GPAs vary based on scholarship applied for 
  • Amount: $1,000 up to $15,000 per year
  • Deadline: December 1 or February 15 depending on the scholarship

The University of Alabama

  • Eligibility: The University of Alabama offers merit scholarships for incoming first-years. Exact test score and GPA requirements vary based on level of scholarship, but range from 26 – 36 on ACT, 1200 – 1600 on SAT, and 3.0 – 3.5+ GPA
  • Amount: $3,000 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: December 15 or May 1 depending on the semester

Tuskegee University

  • Eligibility: Tuskegee University offers merit scholarships for incoming first-years. Exact test score and GPA requirements vary based on level of scholarship, but range from 20 – 32+ ACT, 1030 – 1420+ SAT, and 3.1 – 3.7 GPA
  • Amount: $5,000 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: May 1 

University of Alabama, Birmingham

  • Eligibility: University of Alabama, Birmingham offers merit scholarships for incoming first-years. Scholarships are merit-based according to ACT/SAT and GPA, and open only to legal residents of Alabama
  • Amount: $3,000 up to $10,000
  • Deadline: March 1 or September 1 

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

In-state tuition is the price that Alabama residents get to pay for Alabama colleges and universities. In-state tuition costs are often less than half regular tuition and can save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Here are a few well-known Alabama universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs: 

Auburn University

  • In-state tuition: $6,262
  • Out-of-state tuition: $16,954

University of Alabama

  • In-state tuition: $11,100
  • Out-of-state tuition: $31,460

How do you get Alabama in-state tuition?

In-state tuition reduces the cost of Alabama  tuition significantly. Therefore, you are probably wondering how you can qualify for in-state tuition in Alabama. Everything starts with establishing in-state residency, so you will have to plan ahead if you know that Alabama is the place for you.

First, you must establish a “domicile,” which simply means that you intend to make Alabama your permanent residence. This involves obtaining an Alabama driver’s license, registering to vote in Alabama, and registering your vehicle in Alabama. In addition, you will need to physically reside in Alabama for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the school year.

Take note that residency requirements vary from institution to institution within Alabama. Therefore, be sure to review the specific requirements of your desired Alabama schools to ensure you qualify for in-state tuition. 

Does Alabama have tuition reciprocity? 

Yes! Alabama is a member of the Academic Common Market which is a regional reciprocity agreement among select Southern states. However, the tuition reciprocity programs between Alabama institutions vary, so make sure to do your research! 

Additional Alabama resources

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

The Student Financial Assistance section here is a useful resource for degree seekers who want to learn about financial aid resources, grants, and military benefits for Alabama residents.

Alabama Virtual Library

AVL provides ad-free, safe, and reliable information from databases for all Alabama residents 24/7 free of charge. What an amazing resource, and a model for all other states. Bookmark this one!

FAFSA Guide

Remember, the FAFSA opens up in October and the sooner you complete it, the better. The FAFSA deadline for Alabama varies according to the institution(s) you apply to. Make sure to keep on top of those deadlines!  If you are looking for step-by-step guidance on the FAFSA, you can check out our FAFSA guide for assistance.

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There are many scholarships that focus on specific demographics such as women, high school seniors and Black students. Additionally, be sure to check out no-essay scholarships, which make a quick and easy application process. Scholarships360 is here to provide you with important resources and scholarship information to help you in your educational journey! 

Frequently asked questions about Alabama scholarships

How can I find Alabama specific scholarships?

Be sure to check out Scholarships360 and all of the resources we have! In addition to our scholarships list, there are numerous Alabama universities, community foundations, and businesses that offer scholarships to Alabama students. Therefore, be sure to research these institutions in order to find Alabama specific scholarships!

Can out-of-state students receive scholarships to attend Alabama colleges and universities?

Out-of-state students may be eligible for some Alabama scholarships. However, most Alabama scholarships are reserved for Alabama residents, so double-check the specific scholarship requirements.

Pell Grants can help students with financial need fund their education. Start by submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the annual October 1 deadline. Learn more about Pell Grants so that you take as few loans as possible!

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