AU participates in all the Title IV federal financial aid programs: Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Direct Student Loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized), Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Work-Study. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application that must be completed annually to be considered for federal aid. The awarding is done according to federal rules and regulations that are determined by Congress and interpreted and regulated by the Department of Education.
Pell Grants and Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans are entitlement programs – if the student applies for and meets the eligibility criteria, they will receive the aid. SEOG and Federal Work-Study are called “campus-based aid”. AU receives an annual allocation of funds in each of these programs and it is divided among our campuses and programs based on enrollment. Students are offered campus-based aid according to specific rules, and on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional information about aid eligibility and awarding can be found on each campus and program website.