The Office of Admissions and Recruitment determines your residency status when they receive and process the completed application for admission. AUM bases the decision on the information contained in the application for admission, transcripts, and other documents required for admission. The residency status determined at this time remains in effect until you either (1) fulfill the requirements for residency and petition for reclassification or (2) lose residency by your absence from Alabama with intent to become a resident of another state. We review residency status after any absence from the university for more than one year [three consecutive semesters].
In Alabama, nineteen (19) is the age of majority. If you are under the age of nineteen, you are considered a minor under the law. The residency status for students under nineteen is based upon the residence of the student’s “supporting person” as that term is defined in the Non-Resident Tuition Policy. In most cases, you must be 19 to begin to establish residency apart from your parents, legal custodian, or guardian.
A noncitizen with a visa that prohibits establishing a residence in Alabama during any portion of the durational period may not be granted resident student status. Other noncitizens may qualify for resident student status by meeting all requirements for residency outlined in the Non-Resident Tuition Policy, or having been granted refugee status and meeting all other requirements for residence.
Property ownership in Alabama does not, by itself, constitute residency or entitlement to in-state tuition.
None or very little. In cases where the student is a minor, residency rests on whoever claims him/her as a legal dependent.
No. This would have no influence on residency status.
No. A student must meet criteria for establishing residency in Alabama as outlined in the Non-Resident Tuition Policy.
In determining a person's eligibility for residency for tuition purposes, the Non-Resident Tuition Policy requires that the person be a resident of Alabama and has been a resident for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which the student is registering. The cumulative time a person lived in Alabama is not relevant if the person has moved away from Alabama and established residence in another state.
No. The student would qualify only if the parent was physically present at the Alabama business site and working in a permanent, full-time capacity for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the student’s enrollment.
No. The parent must be stationed in Alabama or have an LES (leave and earning statement proving Alabama as state of residence). Home of record is not necessarily the same as state of residency.
A non-resident student who believes s/he has satisfied the residency requirement may obtain an "Application for Change of Residency for Tuition Purposes" from the Registrar’s Office or click Application for Change of Residency. A change in residency classification is never automatic. It is always your responsibility to initiate the reclassification request.
Yes. For details, please refer to the Non-Resident Tuition Policy.
No. A change of residency for tuition purposes is not retroactive.
Yes. For details, please go to Non-Resident Tuition Policy.
Temporary absences from Alabama alone will not result in a loss of resident student status once established, unless the absence is accompanied by actions which indicate intent to establish a new residence in another state.
If we determine that you provided false or misleading information, you may lose resident status and be dismissed from the university.
We must re-determined residency status after any absence from the university.
For more details, please refer to the Non-Resident Tuition Policy.
To apply for change of residency, please go to the Application for Change of Residency.
Center for Disability Services' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is a small group of questions that our department often receives. Below are the answers to the questions. If you have any comments or questions about the FAQ please email the department at email@example.com or call 334-244-3631.
All students attending Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) with documented disability are encouraged to register for services provided by CDS.
First, you must be admitted as a student of the University. Then proper disability documentation must be provided. Once the documentation has been assessed, an intake interview will be scheduled with the Associate Director to identify appropriate accommodations needed for class(es) or lab(s). Finally preparation of faculty notification memoranda and contracts are given to the student for delivery. The student will then deliver and discuss the documentation with the faculty member.
CDS oftentimes acts as a liaison between the student and faculty/staff, but we also promote self-advocacy. We inform and encourage our students to speak one-on-one with their instructors so that they can provide them with the best possible accommodations available.
The Center for Disability Services is located in the Taylor Center, first floor, room 147. The Center’s office hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Phone: 334-244-3631. Fax: 334-244-3907. E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDS provides a criteria sheet that gives a general description(s) of disabilities and the type of documentation needed in order to be registered with the department. We will gladly fax, e-mail, or even mail you a copy of this information. This information is also updated online. Visit the Documentation Criteria for more information.
Below are some commonly asked questions. If you do not find the answers you are looking for, please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Before your federal student loan eligibility can be determined you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Your financial need is determined by the results of the FAFSA. Based on these results, eligible students are subsequently awarded loans.
How much federal loan funding is available?
Award amounts vary and depend upon your financial need (as determined by the federal government), grade level, and dependency status.
Yearly Loan Limits
Classification Dependent Independent
Freshman $5,500 $9,500
Sophomore $6,500 $10,500
Junior/Senior $7,500 $12,500
Aggregate Loan Limits
- $31,000 as a dependent undergraduate student.
- $57,500 as an independent undergraduate student (only $31,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans).
- $138,500 as a graduate or professional student (only $65,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans). The graduate debt limit includes any Stafford Loans received for undergraduate study.
Typically, financial aid is awarded for the academic year, which includes fall and spring semesters. Summer financial aid is based on remaining eligibility, if any, from the academic year. In other words, if you use all your available grants and/or student loans during the academic year, you will most likely not have eligibility for the summer term.
Federal law limits annual loan amounts. This means that you may not borrow more than your annual maximum during the fall, spring, and summer terms combined. If you borrow your maximum for fall and spring, you will not have any funds available for summer.
Summer financial aid will be awarded based on enrolled hours. All students need to complete the Summer Request Form to be considered for summer aid.
Students must be enrolled for a total of at least 6 hours for the summer term before summer financial aid will be awarded.
Yes, you must apply each year to renew your financial aid. The best way is to apply electronically. This method is faster and more accurate -- logic errors are rare, thanks to verification editing programmed throughout the electronic form.
After January 1 but before March 1, review your renewal FAFSA record on the ED web site and revise the information to reflect your income for the preceding year (and other information only if it has changed) and send the application electronically. Be sure to specify Auburn Montgomery’s school code 008310 as a recipient of your information. It is not necessary to complete a paper FAFSA if you correctly complete the Renewal FAFSA.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply electronically. Paper FAFSA applications are extremely limited.
When your FAFSA is processed, the Federal Processor will notify you by email. If you have a PIN number, you will be able to view your SAR on the FAFSA website. You will receive a paper SAR only if your email address is not provided on the FAFSA.
Regardless of the method you use, remember that the U.S. Department of Education must receive your FAFSA information no later than March 1 in order to be considered for priority need-based funding. If you have not filed your tax returns by March 1, you can use estimated information on the FAFSA but you must later correct this data on your SAR. Please make every effort to apply on time so that you are considered for all types of available aid. If you miss the priority application date (March 1) you may still apply, but some aid may not be available.
Yes, you can reject all or part of your loan. It will not affect the loan amount that you are offered for the next academic year.
Financial aid refunds are administered by Office of Student Accounts. Keep in mind that funds are not disbursed to the student account until after the first registration/cancellation date each term.
Scholarships, grants, and any other educational funds awarded from departments and/or agencies outside the Financial Aid Office are known as outside resources. Report additional resources to our office via the Outside Resource tab on Webster. Outside resources could affect your financial aid award.
Below is a list of examples; report these types of awards:
- Alabama Vocational Rehabilitation benefits
- Air Force/Army ROTC
- Alabama GI Bill
- Faculty/staff tuition grant
- Tuition grant
- Teaching/research assistantship
- Graduate fellowship
- Technology Scholarship Program for Alabama Teachers (TSPAT)
- Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program (ANGEAP)
- Academic Common Market
- Resident Assistant Scholarship
- Local scholarships (high school, church, community, clubs)
The Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is not based on financial need and is limited to a parent borrower for a dependent student. A parent is currently defined as a person's natural or adoptive mother or father, step-parent, or legal guardian. The annual limit is equal to the student's cost of attendance, as defined by Auburn Montgomery, minus any other financial aid the student is receiving. Parents are required to pass a credit check. The interest is variable, adjusted each year on July 1, but will not exceed 9 percent. Interested parents should print, complete, and submit the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request Form.
A Federal Perkins Loan is a fixed rate, low-interest (5 percent) loan awarded on the basis of financial need. The borrower is not charged an origination fee. Funds are limited. Students are encouraged to meet the March 1 priority application date.
Alternative loans are private (non-federal) loans. The terms vary widely as do the eligibility criteria.
You (and your co-borrower, if applicable) should carefully research the options and apply for the alternative loan that best suits your needs. Keep in mind that usually your best option is to pursue federal loans. Be sure you have applied for all of the federal loans you are eligible for before you consider private loans. If you do wish to take out a private educational loan, you need to provide any documentation requested by the sponsor of the loan and follow the application procedure that is specific to that loan and that lender.
In most cases, the Financial Aid Office must certify your alternative loan. Our office certifies that you are enrolled in school, and that the loan you requested is within the allowable Cost of Attendance established by Auburn Montgomery.
A student with an $11,500 cost of attendance who has received $5,500 in financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc.) has $6,000 in remaining eligibility that could be funded through an alternative loan. Our office could certify an alternative loan application for the student's requested amount, not to exceed $6,000.
A student with an $11,500 cost of attendance who has received $11,500 in financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, VA benefits, etc.) has no remaining eligibility. Our office could not certify an alternative loan application for this student.
If you have any questions about your remaining loan eligibility, please contact our office.
A subsidized student loan is awarded on the basis of the student's financial need and other specific eligibility requirements. The federal government does not charge interest on these loans while borrowers are enrolled at least half-time, during a six-month grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment.
An unsubsidized student loan is not based on the student’s financial need, but students must also meet specific eligibility requirements. Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan. The borrower may choose to pay the interest charged on the loan or allow the interest to be capitalized (added to the loan principal).
It's a federal regulation.
There are basic requirements a student must meet in order to be considered an independent student (see the Federal Guide to Student Financial Aid for criteria). If you do not meet the requirements listed in the Federal Guide and feel that you have extenuating circumstances, contact our office.
Billing transactions and associated student account issues are administered by the Cashier Office, (334) 244-3286. The Office of Student Accounts is located in room 109 of the Taylor-Robbins Center. Their office hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.
You can also visit Webster or Webpayto view your bill.
The Federal Government mandates that students must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degrees within a reasonable period of time. Auburn Montgomery’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is published in the Auburn Montgomery Undergraduate Catalog, and the AUM website.
Students who are currently in default on educational loans are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. Our office recommends that you contact your lender and attempt to make satisfactory payment arrangements with them.
If your default status has been resolved, you must provide a letter from your lender(s) stating that the default status has been resolved and that you are again eligible to receive federal financial aid.
If you have questions regarding your eligibility, contact our office.
You might be eligible for more Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford or Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Once your Fall/Spring grades have been posted on Webster, if your grade level has increased from a Freshman level to a Sophomore level, or has changed from the Sophomore level to a Junior level you may be eligible for more Federal Direct Stafford Loan or Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. This depends on your Cost of Attendance and the amount of your initial financial aid award.
If you would like your eligibility for a loan increase to be reviewed, stop by the Office of Financial Aid and complete a File Update Request with your specific request. If you are eligible, the loan amount will be increased and you will receive a revised award notification email with the loan increase. The increase could affect your loan eligibility for the upcoming summer if you plan on attending and receiving federal loans.
You can check your application status here or you can call the Federal Processor at 1-800-4FEDAID.
If you included Auburn Montgomery’s federal school code (008310) and have received an email from the Federal Processor, our office has probably received your information. You can check the status on Webster.
No. As long as the term in which you are applying is still in session.
You may not qualify for the same amounts or types of aid if you did not apply on time, but there are still many aid programs available. For example, you will likely be eligible for some type of federal loan(s), and possibly federal grants and work-study.