The Office of Student Affairs is committed to providing all UAB students with up-to-date advice and guidance on financial assistance options and budget management tools that can help ease student financial burdens in these tough economic times. The following suggestions and links will be updated regularly. For additional information or questions about any of these options, please contact the Office of the Student Affairs at 205-934-8220.
- Apply for financial aid TODAY.When financial conditions change, so may eligibility for financial aid. You must apply EVERY YEAR to be considered. To complete a free application for Federal Student Aid, click here.
- Apply for a scholarship.
- Scholarships are not just for freshmen. You may apply for some scholarships if you are a current student. ContactHeather McKnight, Scholarship Coordinator in Financial Aid, at 934-8223 for assistance or click here for more information.
- Are you the leader of a UAB student group? Student Affairs offers scholarship opportunities for current student leaders. Click here for more information.
- Access low-cost loan programs.
- The Federal PLUS Loan Program allows parents to borrow funds on behalf of their student covering the difference between your total cost of attendance and the amount of other financial assistance you receive. The rate of interest is 7.9%. To be eligible for a PLUS loan, parents must apply and consent to a review of credit by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, click here or call the Office of Financial Aid at 934-8223.
- Get your personal finances in order.You will find information on financing college, budgeting, managing your credit and much more here.
- Save money on:
Find a part-time job.
- Books. Why buy when you can rent? Barnes & Noble UAB Bookstore now offers a textbook rental program that can save students money on textbooks.
- Transportation: You don't necessarily need a car on campus. Try a loaner: Parking and Transportation Service is offering the "UAB Connect Program" in partnership with Hertz, providing access to cars for on-campus students on an hourly basis. If you live off-campus, consider CommuteSmart for carpooling incentives and cost-saving opportunities. The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority also offers a discounted monthly U-PASS for UAB students. And remember that New Orleans and San Francisco aren't the only cities with trolleys - hop on the Dart for just 25 cents a ride.
- Entertainment: Looking for something fun to do? Students have a wealth of low-cost or free on-campus entertainment options available. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 934-4175. Discount tickets and passes for local events and regional venues are also available through the UAB Ticket Office.
- Don't let good food go to waste. Fully utilize your student meal plan or Blazer Bucks!
- Track your cell phone minutes, consider a less expensive plan, or utilize internet phone software.
- If you live off-campus alone, consider getting a roommate to cut expenses.
- Want to work? We can help. For assistance in finding any type of employment, (work-study, student assistant, part time, internships, co-ops, full-time, and volunteer positions), contact UAB Career Services at 934-4324 or email@example.com. Current jobs include over 600 part-time jobs, nearly 300 work-study positions, and many student assistant opportunities. Jobs are consistently being added, so check back often. Register today for weekly emails from UAB Career Services to alert you to jobs posted for your major.
- Attend the UAB Part-Time Job Fair on August 18 in the Great Hall, where you can meet with local hiring agencies and discuss part-time employment opportunities.
- Check to see if your job has a tuition assistance or education reimbursement program.