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Undergraduate Students

At Samford, there are two types of undergraduate students: prospective students and currently enrolled students. Financial aid is available to most students based on various criteria. Students in the past have received funding through scholarships, grants, work study and/or loans. Most of these students are asking the same questions. These questions below should shed light on issues you might be interested in knowing.
Does Samford participate in any tuition exchange programs?

Samford does participate in the Tuition Exchange Program described here. In most years, Samford will import approximately three to five new, qualifying tuition exchange students from a pool of 20+ applicants. The award consists of a maximum of eight semesters of tuition. No other Samford funded financial aid is permissible to cover additional costs during terms in which the Tuition Exchange Scholarship is received. Federal aid is available to help offset other costs such as room, board, fees, books, and etc.  

To qualify, the student must have completed their application for admission to Samford by December 15 prior to enrollment in the next fall term. They also must be approved by the Tuition Exchange liaison on their home campus, with that approval being officially transmitted to Samford by December 15. The pool of applicants will be reviewed in much the same manner as the normal merit awarding process. Students will be notified in early February of their awarded, denied, or wait list status. For any questions related to Tuition Exchange at Samford, please send an email to ofa@samford.edu.   

How do I apply for scholarships and other aid at Samford?
Any entering freshman who wants to be considered for merit scholarships must complete his or her application for admission by December 15 preceding their first fall semester of enrollment. Students who miss this deadline will not be considered for merit scholarships. Some scholarships at Samford will require an additional application. For a list and description of possible programs requiring such an application, check out the Scholarships & Grants section of this site. Need based aid will be determined based on the Office of Financial Aid receiving your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results on or before March 1 preceding the fall semester for which you are applying.
How do I apply for scholarships and other aid at Samford?
Any entering freshman who wants to be considered for merit scholarships must complete his or her application for admission by December 15 preceding their first fall semester of enrollment. Students who miss this deadline will not be considered for merit scholarships. Some scholarships at Samford will require an additional application. For a list and description of possible programs requiring such an application, check out the Scholarships & Grants section of this site and speak with your admissions counselor (prospective students) or your academic department (current students). Need based aid will be determined based on the Office of Financial Aid receiving your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results on or before March 1 preceding the fall semester for which you are applying.
Are there any financial aid deadlines I should be aware of?
  • Prospective students
    In order to be considered for merit scholarships, an application for admission must be completed on or by December 15 preceding the first fall semester of enrollment.
  • All students
    A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted by March 1 preceding the fall semester for which you are applying in order to be eligible for Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, and/or the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant.

    In order to receive any aid based on the FAFSA, a student must file the FAFSA before the end of the term for which they want the aid. It is recommended that a FAFSA be completed at least one month before the end of the term for which aid is desired. If a student waits too long to file a FAFSA, they may not be able to receive aid for that term. It is certainly better to be early than late when it comes to filing the FAFSA.
Do I have to reapply for my aid every year?

Most Samford funded scholarships do not require a student to reapply each year. There are certain GPA requirements and other requirements that might have to be met in order to retain aid. However, students typically do not have to apply for a renewal of institutional scholarships. Check your student web portal for award messages associated with your aid, or check with your academic department chair or dean for requirements associated with aid awarded through them.

With that said, the FAFSA must be resubmitted each year. It is available on January 1 of each year and remains available throughout the academic year. The FAFSA may be accessed at www.fafsa.gov.

How do I know what my financial aid offer is?
A financial aid award letter is mailed to all prospective students during the spring preceding their initial fall enrollment. Award letters are also emailed to all students and available in the student web portal. You may access the portal at any time. We will notify you through email when updates have been made to your financial aid account and are available for viewing in the portal.
I think I have completed all requirements to receive financial aid, but nothing has posted to my account. How can I find out what is going on?
More than likely there is a requirement that has not been fulfilled. Before contacting the Office of Financial Aid, you should log on to your student web portal and review any messages or requirements listed there. This information should guide you towards rectifying the situation. For further assistance, please contact our office at ofa@samford.edu or (205) 726-2905.
How do I request a refund from my Bursar account?
For any information related to your Bursar account, please review the information found on the Bursar website.
How many hours must I enroll for in order to receive aid?
Federal regulations state that an undergraduate student is considered to be a full time student with 12 hours of enrollment per semester. In order to receive the full amount of aid for which you are eligible, you must be enrolled in at least 12 hours of undergraduate classes. Some aid may be disbursed for enrollment as low as 6 hours per semester. All Samford aid requires 12 hours of enrollment for it to be disbursed.
What happens to my aid if I drop a class?
Depending on when you drop or withdraw from the class, your aid may be adjusted. Likewise, the amount of tuition and other fees may be adjusted when enrollment is reduced. One thing to keep in mind is drops will affect your ability to meet minimum standards for making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
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