START AT ATHENS STATE ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR

Students transferring to Athens State University during an academic year may qualify to receive any unused aid eligibility. That eligibility is determined by federal regulation and requirements at Athens State University. A student may not receive aid from more than one institution for the same payment period.

How to Move Your Financial Aid to Athens State
You will need to make a correction to your current FAFSA.

  1. Visit fafsa.ed.gov and select “Log In” under the “Returning User?” section
  2. Log in with your FSA ID and password and answer the appropriate prompts
  3. Choose the Aid Year from the listed tabs (ex. 2020-2021 for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 at Athens State)
  4. Select “Make a FAFSA Correction” link
  5. Create a Save Key (used to save your changes if you want to leave and come back before submitting)
  6. Select “Student Demographics” tab
  7. Update “What will your college grade level be when you begin the school year?” question to:
    1. Sophomore if you have between 30 and 59 cumulative hours earned
    2. Junior if you have between 60 and 89 cumulative hours earned
    3. Senior if you have 90 or more cumulative hours earned
    4. 5th Year/Other undergrad if this is not your first FAFSA with 90 or more cumulative hours earned
  8. Update “What college degree or certification will you be working on when you begin the school year” to the degree you will be seeking at Athens State.
    1. Note: This will not be an Associate Degree and you only select College Graduate after you complete a Bachelor’s Degree program.
  9. Select the “School Selection” tab
  10. Use the “Add a School” button to add Athens State University with the school code 001008
  11. Select the “Sign & Submit” tab
  12. Review page to verify all the corrections you made are listed and legitimate
  13. Have all appropriate parties sign the FAFSA via individual FSA ID information
  14. Select the “Submit” button

You will get confirmation that your corrections have been submitted. Please remember it will take our office 3-5 business days to receive this updated information. We will email your Athens State student email address once we have it for your next steps.

If You Plan to Accept Loans

If you also plan to accept loans and you have previously completed the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling at studentaid.gov then follow these steps to transfer it to Athens State:
1. Log in to studentaid.gov
2. Select your name in the top right corner then choose Documents
3. Under My Documents, filter by Loan Counseling
4. Select your most recently completed Sub/Unsub Entrance counseling and choose Notify Additional School
5. Type Athens State University in the Search School by Name section
6. Select submit

This will take our office 2-3 business days to receive.


Steps to Receive Financial Aid

Use the steps below to utilize your financial aid at Athens State University. If you have already moved your FAFSA to Athens State then begin at Step 3.

Getting a U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
Go to www.FAFSA.gov to apply; Click the “FSA ID” link to create an FSA ID; you will be asked to create a username and password and enter your email address. You will receive a secure code by email at the address you entered asking you to confirm your email address with the code. The FSA ID will be your electronic signature for the FAFSA, renewal FAFSA, Master Promissory Note for loans and other Department of Education websites. Parents of dependent students must also have their own FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically, apply for the Parent PLUS Loan and complete the Master Promissory for the PLUS Loan.

Important TIP: Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account. Never share your FSA ID.

Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on the “Start a New FAFSA” button. Follow the prompts and hints in the right-hand column of the site through the completion and submission of the application.

Athens State University’s School Code – 001008

Look below for Free Assistance options in Completing the FAFSA

Important TIP: It is possible to interrupt an application session by saving the application and returning later using the information provided on the website. For the fastest processing time, students should complete the application online and submit an electronic signature using their Federal Student Aid ID.

Students with unsatisfied financial aid requirements will receive an email outlining documentation requirements and deadline dates for submission of the required documentation. A requirement list may be viewed in Athens State Online or by following the instructions below:

  • Select “Financial Aid”
  • Select “My Eligibility”
  • Select “Student Requirements”
  • Select the award year to view

The Department of Education selects 30% of all students for verification. If you are selected there will be additional information you will be required to submit. This will also be found under Student Requirements.

Important TIP: Failure to provide all documentation requested in a timely manner will delay your award offer and payment of aid to your account.

Student notification of award offers is made via Student Email Accounts. When notified of offers the student may review and accept desired awards online by following these steps:

  • Go to Athens State Online and login using your Athens State ID and PIN
  • Select “Financial Aid”
  • Select “My Account and Award Information”
  • Select “View Awards by Aid Year”
  • Select the award year to view
  • Read “Terms and Conditions” and accept
  • Select “Accept Award Offer” then scroll down to view and accept awards

Important TIP: The official form of communication at Athens State University is the student email account. Please check your student email account regularly.

If you accepted loans in Step 4, continue to www.studentloans.gov to complete the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note.

Important TIP: Loans require student enrollment of at least 6 semester hours at Athens State University for disbursement. Loans are paid out equally over expected terms of enrollment for the academic year. Confirmed class attendance is required for loan disbursements.

Have a parent log on to www.studentloans.gov to complete the PLUS Master Promissory Note and PLUS Request Process.

Important TIP: PLUS loans require an acceptable credit history and can be disbursed to the student on parent instruction. The student must have a FAFSA on file prior to a PLUS application.

Apply for Federal Work Study at athens.edu/career-development-center/student-employment/

Important TIP: Institutional Work Study Positions are also available.

Register for courses each semester during regular registration. Get books during the book charge period. Meet each course’s participation requirements during the first week of the term.

Important TIP: During the first week of the semester aid is “Authorized” to student accounts. At the end of the drop/add period aid will be “Authorized” for payment. “Authorized” aid will hold your course registrations until the Business Office posts funds to student accounts. At this time charges will be paid and refunds issued to each student whose attendance has been verified.

The student may authorize the use of financial aid in the bookstore. Do so by following these steps:

  1. Go to Athens State Online and login using your Athens State ID and PIN
  2. Select “Financial Aid”
  3. Select “My Account and Award Information”
  4. Select “View Awards by Aid Year”
  5. Select the award year to view
  6. Select “Resources/Additional Information”
  7. Select then submit “Yes” or “No”

Visit athensstatestore.com for more information or contact if you have any questions.

Important TIP: Bookstore charges are allowed no more than ten days prior to the start of the term. Contact the University Bookstore for assistance with charges. “Authorized” aid can be viewed by the staff of the University Bookstore.

Aid disbursements require documented attendance from each course instructor.
To verify your current reported attendance, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Athens State Online and login using your Athens State ID and PIN
  • Select “Student Tab”
  • Select “View Student Records”
  • Select “My Attendance Status”
  • Contact your instructor if you believe your attendance should be updated

Important TIP: Be sure to review the course syllabus and complete attendance or participation requirements for each course during the first week of the semester to ensure timely aid disbursements.

Students must earn a passing grade in at least one course for the term to not be subject to the Return to Title IV Funds regulations. Se details: athens.edu/financial-aid/regulations/
Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress throughout their time at Athens State. See details: athens.edu/financial-aid/regulations/

Important TIP: Never simply stop going to class. Always check with the Financial Aid Office when your enrollment plans change to determine your best course of action.

To assist you with your annual federal tax return filing, the Business Office mails students a 1098-T by the end of January each year. To view your 1098-T online, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Athens State Online and login using your Athens State ID and PIN
  • Select “Student Tab”
  • Select “Student Accounts”
  • Select “Tax Notification”
  • Select the year to view

Important TIP: Please contact the Business Office at 256-233-8100 for further information.

Free Assistance is Available in Applying for Aid

Form Your Future creates an easy-to-follow Guide that clearly explains the FAFSA process and answers the most common questions from low-income students and parents.

Free Assistance is available in applying for aid from the North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence (NACEE). NACEE also provides academic, career and personal counseling as well as a variety of tutoring options. The locations are:

Huntsville Central Office
4900 Suite B Century St.
Huntsville, AL 35618
Phone: 256-372-4600
Scottsboro
610 Broad St.
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Phone: 256-259-3072

General aid information
800-4 FED-AID (800-433-3243)
TTY users may call 800-730-8913
Foreign callers without 800 access: 319-337-5665
8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday


Help with your Direct Loan
800-848-0979
TDD – 800-848-0983 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf)
9:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday


Help consolidating your student loans
800-557-7392
TDD – 800-557-7395 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf)
8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday


Help with your defaulted student loan
800-621-3115
8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday


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Get a copy of your federal tax return
800-829-1040
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