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Satisfactory Academic Progress 

All students applying for or receiving Title IV federal assistance at Alabama A&M University must progress satisfactorily towards completion of a chosen academic or vocational program. 


Code of Conduct

To comply with the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), AAMU adopts the following Student Loan Code of Conduct. It serves as the formal guiding principles in insuring the integrity of the student aid process and ethical conduct to AAMU employees, in regard to student loan practices. 



In order to be considered for federal aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. In this process, you are applying for grants, loans and work-study. 


Verification Policy
The AAMU Office of Student Financial Aid will inform a student of what is required for verification, as processing occurs. Documents missing will be noted on the missing item list or document- tracking letter and given or mailed to the student.


Policies for Professional Judgment

A financial aid professional may exercise professional judgment and change elements in the federal need analysis to account for circumstances that he/she feels have not been adequately considered in the original FAFSA. 


Packaging Policy

AAMU uses a packaging model termed as the Ladder Approach.  Using the ladder approach, all applicants are treated in the same manner.


Revision of Financial Aid Awards
Once an award letter is sent to the student, there may be instances which warrant change to the original notification.


Disbursement Schedule

When do I get my check? 


Return To Title IV Policy (R2T4)
How much will I have to repay when I withdraw from school?
When will I have earned 100% of my federal financial aid?
When does the AAMU Bursar refund tuition and fees?


Student Employment Policy
Students must demonstrate financial eligibility, or “need” by submitting the Application for Federal Student Aid prior to April 1 for the following academic year since FWS funds are limited.


There are difficult situations where students and/or parents purposefully misrepresent information in hopes of obtaining additional assistance.


FERPA Policy
A Federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the protection of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.