Online students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial assistance to attend the University of West Alabama (Federal School Code 001024). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov. Students and parents of dependent students can e-sign the FAFSA using their U.S. Department of Education PIN number. A PIN number may be obtained online at www.pin.ed.gov. Students must be accepted for admission to the University before their financial aid can be awarded.

    Online students are allowed to charge tuition, fees and books against their financial aid award. Financial aid funds are disbursed on the third day of classes each term. Students can sign up for direct deposit of any remaining funds online at www.uwa.edu and click WebAdvisor. Processing of direct deposit requests take at least two weeks. Students who do not sign up for direct deposit will receive a refund check which is mailed to the student's LOCAL MAILING ADDRESS. The Student Accounts Supervisor e-mails each student to notify them when a disbursement of federal funds is made. Students who need to change their Local Mailing Address should contact the Registrar's Office, registrar@uwa.edu. Online students are subject to the same deferment fees and late payment fees as all other students.

    There are five 8-week sessions in the academic year. Students are awarded financial assistance for the entire academic year (fall through summer) or balance of the year. Students must reapply for financial aid annually. They should apply as soon after January 1 as possible for the upcoming

    Online Classes 2013-2014
    Student Expense Budget
    Per Term (8-weeks)  






    ($429 per hour)

    ($477 per hour)

    Room & Board






    Loan Fees



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    Online students must enroll at least half-time (3 credit hours) to qualify to receive financial aid. Graduate students with 3 credit hours and undergraduate students with 6 credit hours each term are considered to be enrolled full-time.

    Dropping Classes and Withdrawals: Students who officially or unofficially withdraw from the University before completing 60% of a term will be required to repay a prorated portion of the financial aid they received. The 60% point in each term is posted online at http://www.uwa.edu/repayment.aspx. Students who drop classes or withdraw excessively will not be in compliance with the minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive financial aid.

    Direct Loans: First time at UWA borrowers must complete loan entrance counseling and electronically sign a Master Promissory Note online at www.studentloans.gov.  
    Veteran's Benefits: UWA participates in all programs offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. Students needing information about the Veteran's Benefits Programs should contact the Registrar's Office, registrar@uwa.edu or telephone 205-652-3587.