Many aid options are available for students to fund their college education, from UAB scholarships and external scholarships to federal loans and grants and even work-study. Below are funding possibilities to help you pay for college.


Grants can come from the federal government, your state government, your college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization. Most types of grants, unlike loans, are sources of free money that generally do not have to be repaid.

Learn more: Grants


Student loans can come from the federal government, from private sources such as a bank or financial institution, or from other organizations. A loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest.

Learn more: Loans


Scholarships are gifts that don't need to be repaid. May be awarded based on various criteria such as merit, need, or talent.

Learn more: Scholarships


Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.

Learn more: Work-Study

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