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I’m a high school senior or first time in college student seeking a bachelor’s degree

Freshman Requirements

  • Complete an Allen University Application
  • Submit your Official High School Transcript or GED Test Scores
  • 2.o GPA or higher
  • SAT or ACT score

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I’m an undergraduate student who has attended another college transferring with existing credits.

Transfer Requirements

  • Complete an Allen University Application (Check off as a Transfer Student)
  • 2.o GPA or higher
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Submit an Official High School Transcript or GED Test Scores only if you currently have fewer than 30 credit hours at your college/university last attended
  • Completed FAFSA School Code: 003417

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I’m an adult seeking a bachelor’s degree or wanting to take enrichment classes for professional advancement or personal growth.

Adult Education Requirements

  • Complete an Allen University Application
  • Submit your Official High School Transcript or GED Test Scores
  • 2.o GPA or higher
  • SAT or ACT score (if applying for Scholarships)
  • Completed FAFSA School Code: 003417

or

I’m a non-U.S. citizen under a student visa seeking an undergraduate degree.

International Requirements

  • Complete Allen University International Application
  • To have coursework taken at foreign universities considered for transfer credit an external evaluation must be obtained. We recommend WES (World Education Services, Inc.), but any evaluator certified by the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) is acceptable. The International Student Coordinator can supply you with forms from WES, or you can visit their website at www.wes.org.
  • Submit official transcripts (high school and/or college), photocopies will not be accepted. Only official copies will be accepted, or a school official can e-mail your information directly to an Admissions staff member. All transcripts must have an official seal on them (Ex. WAEC Results). We cannot accept faxed official transcripts.
  • You will also need: Copy of your Passport and 2 Letters of Recommendation (not to be completed by relatives).
  • If you are accepted, you will need to submit a current and official copy of your sponsor’s bank statement. It’s the responsibility of the student to locate financial resources to cover expenses while in the United States. The statement from your financial institution must verify the amount in US dollars to be used for your educational purposes. A student will need a minimum of $21,000 (in US dollars) per year. The bank statement must be current and up-to-date.
  • Submit $3,000 (Money order, Bank Transfer or Cashier’s Check) before arrival.
  • Tuition is $19,500 with ½ of that due by July 15, 2017
  • The balance must be paid no later than 2 weeks after classes have begun.
  • Other Requirements: Copy of Immigration documents (Visa, Passport, I-20, Permanent Resident Card).
  • Transferring International Students must complete an I-20 Transfer-In Form once they have received their acceptance letter.

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More AID AVAILABLE Than You Think
Affordable Flat Rate

*** The University reserves the right to adjust fees, room and board, and revise pertinent policies during the year should conditions warrant. ***

Allen University offers a quality education at an affordable bundled price without excessive fees. Estimated annual costs are provided below to help undergraduate students plan for their attendance at Allen University. Exact costs will vary based on a student’s status, room and board selections, and course of study. Cost of attendance is equivalent for both South Carolina residents and non-residents (there is no differentiation between in-state and out-of-state costs; all students pay the same flat-rate).

NOTE: Books and supplies are not included in Tuition and Fees. Students must pay for books and supplies which cost approximately $500-$1,000 per semester.

TUITION & FEES
 Full-Time (12-18 credit hours) Part-Time (fewer than 12 credit hours)
BoardingNon-Boarding
Tuition$6,270.00 $6,270.00$500.00/ credit hour
Room & Board$3,615.00N/AN/A
Health Fee$200.00 $200.00N/A
Activity Fee$200.00 $200.00N/A
Enrollment FeeN/AN/A $531.00/ semester
Total (Semester)$10,285.00$6,670.00 N/A
Total (Academic Year)$20,570.00 $13,340.00N/A
South Carolina Scholarships

SC HOPE Scholarships

The SC Hope Scholarship is a one-year merit-based scholarship created for eligible first-time entering freshmen attending a four-year institution. Eligible full-time students may receive up to $2,800.

 

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale (UGS);
  • Be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or LIFE; and
  • Meet all general eligibility criteria.

There is no application required for the SC HOPE Scholarship.  Eligible students will be notified on their financial aid award letter.

 

Renewal Requirements:

  • The HOPE Scholarship is for the first year only.
  • Students must earn a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 30 credit hours (excluding remedial classes) to receive the SC LIFE Scholarship for subsequent years.

South Carolina LIFE Scholarship Program

The Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship was established to provide an incentive for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. Eligible full-time students may receive awards as follows:

 

Initial eligibility:

  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the UGS;
  • Be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or SC HOPE Scholarship; and
  • Meet all general eligibility criteria.

 

Student must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale;
  • Rank in the top 30 percent of graduating class; or
  • Score an 1100 SAT or 24 ACT

There is no application required for the LIFE Scholarship. Eligible students will be notified on their financial aid award letter.

 

Renewal requirements: 

  • Meet all general eligibility criteria
  • Earn a 3.0 LIFE GPA by the end of each academic year (including all grades at eligible institutions and excluding remedial, continuing education, non-degree credit courses)
  • Earn an average of 30 non-remedial credit hours by the end of each academic year (including all grades at eligible institutions and excluding remedial, continuing education, non-degree credit courses)

SC LIFE Enhancement

Math and science majors who receive the SC LIFE Scholarship may be eligible to receive the SC LIFE Enhancement for their second, third, and fourth years of college. The SC LIFE Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the SC LIFE Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third, and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math and science courses during their first year of college enrollment.

South Carolina Palmetto Fellows

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship was established to retain academically talented high school graduates in the State through awards based on merit. Eligible full- time students may receive up to the following award amount: Up to $6,700 for the first year, $7,500 for second, third, and fourth years annually towards the cost of attendance at an eligible senior institution in South Carolina.

 

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the UGS;
  • Be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Must not be a recipient of the SC LIFE or SC HOPE Scholarship;
  • Meet all general eligibility criteria.
  • Score at least 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT. Earn a cumulative 3.50 GPA on the UGS at the end of the junior year; and
  • Rank in the top six percent of the class at the end of either the sophomore or the junior year.

Students must not be a recipient of the SC LIFE Scholarship or SC HOPE Scholarship.

***For application information, please contact the high school guidance counselor if you meet the above criteria.

 

Renewal requirements: 

  • Meet all general eligibility criteria
  • Earn a 3.0 GPA by the end of each academic year (excluding remedial, continuing education, non-degree credit courses)
  • Earn 30 non-remedial credit hours by the end of each academic year at the home institution

Palmetto Fellows Enhancement

Math and science majors who receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship may be eligible to receive the Palmetto Fellows Enhancement for their second, third, and fourth years of college. The Palmetto Fellows Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third, and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math and science courses during their first year of college enrollment.

Institutional Scholarships

Institutional

Allen University is committed to assisting students with scholarship opportunities and offers a variety of scholarships based on academics, athletics and performing arts. Recipients are selected by the University’s scholarship administrators.  Athletic and performing arts awards are made by the appropriate departments based on tryouts and auditions.  Recipients must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and earn a certain GPA to receive these scholarships.  In addition, students who receive institutional scholarships are encouraged to apply for UNCF scholarships.

Institutional Scholarships are non-refundable and will be applied towards the tuition and fees of Allen University.  Students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), accept all grants and scholarships, and ben enrolled as a full time student.  All institutional awards are contingent upon submission of final high school transcript. All other financial aid including outside scholarships will be applied first. This may result in the institutional scholarship being reduced or removed.  In some cases offers of scholarships require revisions.  In the event an adjustment is made to the award due to reduced enrollment, changes in eligibility or if there are external resources not taken into consideration at the time of the scholarship offer, notification will be sent by the Office of Student Financial Aid of these revisions.  Additionally, if the student engages in any egregious action or speech that might be injurious to the institution, the scholarship will be revoked.

To Download Institutional Scholarship Criteria, Click On: 2018-2019 Scholarship Flyer

Presidential Scholarship

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 and above, minimum 1100 SAT or 24 ACT score, complete scholarship application by June 15th, the FAFSA submitted by June 15th, and a recommendation letter from a teacher or administrator.  The scholarship will be awarded up to full tuition, room, board, and fees if all requirements are met and the application is approved for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the academic year, earn a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester, and submit the FAFSA by June 15th.

To Download Application, Click On: Presidential Scholarship Application

AU Honors Scholarship

Students must have a 3.50 and above GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded at $5,000.00 annually, $20,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Scholars Scholarship

Students must have a 3.00 to 3.49 GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded at $3,500.00 annually, $14,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Merit Scholarship

Students must have a 2.5 to 2.99 GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded at $2,000.00 annually, $8,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

Academic Division Scholarship

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 and above.  The amount of the scholarship is up to $3,000.00 for the academic year.  The scholarship is awarded by the Dean of Enrollment Management.  This scholarship is non-renewable and the awards may vary.

AU Academic Achievement Scholarship

Continuing students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to 3.99.  The amount of the scholarship is up to $2,000.00 for the academic year.  The scholarship is awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid.  This scholarship is non-renewable and the awards may vary.

AU Academic Excellence Scholarship

Continuing students must have a minimum GPA of 4.0.  The amount of the scholarship is up to $3,000.00 for the academic year.  The scholarship is awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid.  This scholarship is non-renewable and the awards may vary.

Yellow Jacket Scholarship

Yellow Jacket Scholarships are awarded to transfer students who have a 3.0 GPA.  The amount of this scholarship is up to $2,500.00 for the academic year.  This scholarship is non-renewable and the awards may vary.

International Scholarship

International students must have a 3.50 and above GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded up to $10,000.00 annually.  The scholarship is awarded by the Dean of Enrollment Management.  This scholarship is non-renewable and the awards may vary.

AU Admissions Scholarship

Students must have a 2.0 to 2.49 GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded at $1,000.00 annually, $4,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Minority Scholarship

Students must have a 2.50 and above GPA and be a minority.  The scholarship will be awarded at $2,500.00 annually, $10,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Assist Scholarship

Students must have a 2.00 and above GPA and be a new spring 2018 student.  The scholarship will be awarded at $2,000.00 annually, $8,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 2.00 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

Music Scholarship

Music scholarships are awarded by the music faculty and ones for choir are awarded by the Choir Director.  Music scholarship awards vary.

Performing Arts Scholarship

Performing Arts scholarships are awarded to band and ensemble participants that are selected by the Director of Bands. Performing Arts Scholarship Awards vary.

Athletic Scholarship

At the discretion of the Athletic Director, head male/female coaches, Allen University awards Athletic Scholarships to impact players on the university’s NAIA sports teams. Athletic Scholarship award amounts vary.

UNCF Scholarship

The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest minority education organization. Allen University is one of the 37 UNCF member institutions. UNCF recommends that students applying for any of its scholarships apply also for the UNCF General Scholarship, which requires undergraduate and graduate college students to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The submission of the student profile automatically submits the student for the scholarship. Please visit www.uncf.org to day to complete your profile and apply for scholarships.

GRANTS

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who are enrolled in an eligible program, have not received a bachelor’s degree, and who demonstrate financial need. The amount of the grant is determined by the Federal Pell Grant Program based on the applicant’s family’s financial circumstances.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded by the Director of Student Financial Aid to students demonstrating financial need. Students showing exceptional need will be given first consideration for these grants as long as funds are available.

South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission

South Carolina Tuition Grant is awarded to academically eligible South Carolina residents attending Allen University on a full-time basis during the regular academic year. The amount of the South Carolina Tuition Grant is determined by the South Carolina Tuition Grant Commission based on the applicant’s family’s financial circumstances. Students who fail to enroll full time during the Fall semester forfeit their eligibility for the entire award year.  Eligible students must be enrolled in 12 hours each semester.  SC Tuition Grant does not give funding for classes taken in June or July.  Students receiving 100% of tuition paid by another entity are not eligible for the SC Tuition Grant.  To be eligible to receive SC Tuition Grant funds, students must complete their FAFSA by June 30th and a certification statement each year before November 15th. South Carolina Tuition Grant funds in the spring semester will be split into two disbursements per the new South Carolina Tuition Grant Regulation. 

FEDERAL WORK STUDY

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study allows students who demonstrate financial need to work part-time to earn income. In order to receive federal work study, students must have a 2.0 and be in good academic standing with the university.  Federal work study earnings are paid monthly to help students with living expenses and personal items. Expected earnings are not used toward the student’s account. The priority date is March 15th.

Admissions Team

Allen University offers everything you are looking for: an interdisciplinary education informed by a global perspective, tons of academic opportunities, a vibrant campus life, a location in the heart of a dynamic world center and the lifelong support of the Yellow Jacket Family.

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Allen University
Office of Admisisons

1530 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 255-4999
(803) 765-6052 (Fax)

Mr. Charles Singley
Director of Financial Aid
(803) 376-5801
csingley@allenuniversity.edu

Ms. Michelle Lucas

Associate Registrar
(803) 376-6023
mlucas@allenuniversity.edu

Mr. Elberee Gray
Recruiter
(803) 376-2704
egray@allenuniversity.edu

Admission News
LOANS

Various loan programs are available to students attending Allen University. Unlike grants and scholarships, loans must be repaid. Outlined below are the various loan programs and their stipulations.

Federal Subsidized Direct Loan Program

Federal Subsidized Direct loans are based on demonstrated financial need.  The interest and payments are deferred while the student is enrolled.  Repayment begins 6 months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least a half-time.  A student can borrow up to $3, 500 for his or her first year of attendance, $4,500 for the second year, and $5,500 the third and fourth years. A student can borrow an aggregate of $23,000 for his or her undergraduate study.

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan Program

Federal Unsubsidized Direct loans are non-need based loans. Interest on unsubsidized Direct loans accrues while the student is enrolled. Repayment begins 6 months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. If a dependent student does not qualify for a subsidized Direct loan, the dependent student may borrow from this program at the same loan limits as the Federal Subsidized Direct Loans. An independent or qualified dependent freshman or sophomore student may borrow up to $6,000 per academic year. The undergraduate loan limit for an independent or qualifying dependent student in his or her third year and beyond is $7,000 per academic year.

Federal Parent Plus Loan For Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Federal Parent PLUS Loans are loans taken out by parents of dependent undergraduate students, enrolled at least half-time, to help pay for their child’s college expenses. Parents are responsible for repaying Parent PLUS loans. PLUS loans are in addition to the loans taken out by your child, and your PLUS loan will cover the entire cost of tuition, room and board, and other school-related expenses that your child’s financial aid doesn’t cover. These PLUS loans also have a fixed interest rate, which is currently 6.31%.

Note: Parents cannot borrow more than the cost of attendance for the child’s education minus other financial aid received.

Alternative (Private) Loan

Alternative loans are private loans offered through banks and other organizations. A private student loan is available for a student (at the age of majority),  his or her parents or guardian, or related  ”co-maker.” Individuals can borrow from $2,000 to $15,000 per academic year, based on cost of attendance minus other financial aid. Rates, repayment plans, and borrowing limits vary by lender.

All loans except the PLUS Loan are borrowed in the student’s name and are the student’s responsibility. Not repaying a student loan can seriously damage a student’s credit rating. Defaulted loans also endanger the availability of future financial aid at Allen University.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All students must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You may learn more about FAFSA on their website.

Before You Apply

Before you apply, you will need tax information and a FSA ID.  The 2016-2017 FAFSA and the 2017-2018 will require tax information from your 2015 taxes.  It will be helpful to have a copy of your taxes when you complete your FAFSA.  Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

If you want to create an FSA ID now, go for it!

Create an FSA ID Now

Step 1 – Completing the FAFSA

Use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: for instance, if you are filling out the 2016–17 FAFSA, you will need 2015 tax information. (Starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA, you’ll need to report income information from the tax year two years prior to the academic year.

Go to www.fafsa.gov to complete your FAFSA.  You will use your FSA ID to login to the FAFSA.  As you complete the application, you will be asked for your 2015 tax information.  We advise you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to provide this information.  However, if you experience difficulty with the tool, you can use your tax forms to provide the information.

Enter the School Code 00341700 in the school section of the FAFSA

Step 2 – Submit Required Documents

When the Financial Aid Office receives a completed FAFSA application it is reviewed to determine a student’s eligibility. If a student is selected by the federal government to verify the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA, the following additional forms must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid:

  • Tax Return Transcripts and W2 forms
  • Verification worksheet (either Independent or Dependent)
  • Statement of untaxed income: social security, TANF, VA benefits, etc.

The Office of Student Financial Aid may require additional information to process the FAFSA. Students should provide any requested information promptly; the University’s priority consideration date is March 15.

Step 3 – Complete Loan Documents

Students and parents applying for one of the Federal Direct Loan programs may be required to complete a MPN and loan counseling prior to receiving a loan. The MPN and entrance loan counseling can be completed online at https://studentloans.gov. To receive a student loan, a valid FAFSA must be on file.

Once the FAFSA and all other documents have been processed, a Fall/Spring award letter will be sent to the student/parents. The award letter is based on full-time attendance and will indicate grants, scholarships and loans for which the student is eligible. After the award letter is printed, the aid amount may change due to changes in enrollment status, EFC, scholarships, and other reported aid.

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Financial Aid Forms
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Yes, students should apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

How do I unlock my FSA ID?

There are two ways to unlock your FSA ID. You can either use your e-mail or answer some of your challenge questions.

To start:

  1. Go to the Edit My FSA ID tab.
  2. Log in using your username and password. You will receive the message, “Your FSA ID is locked. To unlock it, use one of the following options.” Select one of the two options.

Option 1: E-mail

  1. Click the E-MAIL button. You will be taken to a page that says “Unlock Your FSA ID – Using Email.” A secure code will be sent to the e-mail address that’s on record with your FSA ID.
  2. Open your e-mail in a different browser tab or window or from another device. Do not close the FSA ID Web page while accessing your e-mail.
  3. Once you receive the e-mail, enter the secure code on the FSA ID page in the box that says “Secure Code.” The secure code expires after 10 minutes.
  4. Click on the SUBMIT button. Your account is unlocked and you will be taken to a page to change your password.
  5. Follow the instructions to create a new password.

Option 2: Challenge Questions

  1. Click the CHALLENGE QUESTIONS button. You will be taken to a page that says “Unlock Your FSA ID – Using Challenge Questions.”
  2. Answer three of your five challenge questions shown on the screen. Your answers must match the ones you entered when creating your account. The answers are not case sensitive.
  3. Click on the VERIFY button. If you answered your challenge questions correctly, your account is unlocked and you will be taken to a page to change your password.
  4. Follow the instructions to create a new password

How do I apply for financial aid?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA

Can I apply online?

Yes, students should apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

When should I apply for financial aid?

The FAFSA is available October 1st of each year, the earlier you submit the better.

I have to apply for financial aid each year?

Yes, the FAFSA is year-specific and most financial aid is awarded annually.

What is the priority filing date?

Allen University’s priority filing date is March 15. To qualify as a priority filer, the Office of Student Financial Aid must receive your FAFSA report (via the federal processor) with a valid Expected Family Contribution ( EFC) on or before March 15.

How do I know if I am financially cleared to start school?

The Business Office has the sole authority to certify whether or not your account is financially cleared to start your classes.  All questions related to this matter, should be addressed with the University’s Business Office.

How do I apply for Federal Work Study?

You must complete your FAFSA by March 15, have a 2.0, and be in good academic standing with the University. Remember, the Office of Student Financial Aid must receive your FAFSA report (via the federal processor) with a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on or before March 15.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

Federal and state regulations require financial aid recipients to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards a recognized degree. SAP applies to all undergraduate students, who receive most types of federal, state, and institutional financial aid administered by the University. At the conclusion of each term or payment period, Allen University reviews all currently enrolled AU students to verify they are meeting the SAP requirements.

How do I regain financial aid eligibility after failing to meet SAP?

Students who have been on suspension cannot merely skip a semester to regain eligibility. No financial aid will be disbursed during subsequent semesters for students on financial aid suspension. In order to regain eligibility for financial aid and enrollment, the student may submit a written appeal in accordance with the appeals process. If the Appeals Committee approves the appeal, the student is then placed on probation with an academic plan and is eligible to receive financial aid.

Financial Aid Team

Allen University’s Office of Student Financial Aid provides assistance to qualified students who would find it difficult or impossible to attend Allen University without financial assistance. Nearly 92% of Allen University students receive some type of financial assistance: grants, loans, work aid or scholarships. All students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to begin the aid process. Please go to www.fafsa.gov to complete your FAFSA now.

Having long recognized the need for assistance navigating the host of financial aid options, we aim to enhance your understanding of our financial aid programs and processes, including our application process. We are ready to help you with general financial aid planning and to answer your questions about specific state, federal, private and institutional aid programs.

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Allen University
Office of Student Financial Aid

1530 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 255-4999
(803) 765-6052 (Fax)

Ms. ‘Lola L. Kennedy
Director of Financial Aid
(803) 376-5791
lkennedy@allenuniversity.edu

Ms. Deslyn Haywood
Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Case Load:  G-M
(803) 376-5930
dhaywood@allenuniversity.edu

Mrs. Antoinette Crawford
Financial Aid Counselor
Case Load:  A-F
(803) 376-5740
acrawford@allenuniversity.edu

Mrs. Erika Lotts
Financial Aid Counselor
Case Load: N-Z
(803) 376-5792
elotts@allenuniversity.edu

 

Financial Aid News

Allen University’s Office of Student Financial Aid would like to introduce you to our new AU Financial Aid Portal. Once logged into the portal, students can accept, reduce, or decline all or some of their financial aid. Students are also ale to obtain and complete their pending documents. Please follow the step-by-step instructions below to access your award and to accept, reduce, or decline all or a portion of the financial aid offered to you:

Financial Aid Portal Instructions

Federal Subsidized Direct Loan Program

  1. Log in to the AU Financial Aid portal using your social security number and click on ‘first time user’. Answer the questions and create your password.
  2. Once you are logged in, click on menu in the top left corner and click on “My Financial Aid” to review your financial aid award(s) carefully.
  3. To accept, reduce, or decline your award(s), click on the “Accept My Financial Aid Offer” You will need to accept the terms and conditions of your award(s) first. You may determine the award amount(s) of your student loan(s) you would like to accept. Once you have made adjustments and accepted your award(s), click the “Submit”button. It is strongly recommended that you complete this process prior to registration for the upcoming semester to avoid interruptions in eligibility. If you choose not to accept your awards, your award will remain in the pending status and will not be disbursed. Keep in mind, however, funding may no longer be available after the end of the semester/term.
  4. Click on the “My Financial Aid”tab to review your accepted financial aid award carefully.
  5. If you have documents pending, click on menu in the top left corner and click on “My Document” to view your documents.
  6. For the items listed in blue, you may simply click on the name of the document and you will be directed to the required website to complete the document. For all other documents, click on “View Forms Here” to complete, download, and sign the document(s). Once completed, the document(s)can be faxed, mailed, or scanned into an email to financialaid@allenuniversity.edu.

If you experience any trouble logging in, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (803)255-4999 or financialaid@allenuniversity.edu for further assistance.

Student Account Billing

As a student, you have an account that includes individual charges and credits for each term. Charges include course tuition and other fees, such as room, board, health, and activity. Credits applied to your account may include a combination of payments, such as credit cards, personal checks, and financial aid.

To view your student account, log in to Self Service and select Finance then Balance.

If you register online, you receive a registration and payment confirmation by email. If additional charges are applied to your account at a later date, an e-mail notification is sent to you stating that you have a balance due. The balance is due within 15 days of the date of the US mail/email notification.

If you register using a paper registration form, be sure to log in to Self Service to view your course schedule from the course registration and schedule menu. If additional charges are applied to your account at a later date, an US mail/e-mail notification is sent to you stating that you have a balance due. The balance is due within 10 days of the date on the notification.

Stopping Payment on Checks or Credit Cards

Stopping payment on checks or credit cards is not a valid method of dropping or withdrawing from your courses. if you stop payment on a check or credit card without following Allen University’s policies and procedures for dropping or withdrawing from your courses, you are responsible for all course tuition and fees posted to your student account.

Past Due Student Accounts

Your student account is considered past due if charges are not paid in full or a payment plan approved within 15 days of the date of your first e-mail notification showing a balance due. An approved payment plan (which requires a down payment based on the amount due) will allow you to spread any unpaid balance over three consecutive months. If your account becomes past due, you are notified by US mail/email and offered an opportunity to complete your payment. If your account remains past due, you may be removed from your classes, and you remain responsible for all unpaid course tuition and fees. You continue to receive email notifications of a balance due until your balance is paid in full.

You are not eligible to register for any classes at Allen University or to receive a transcript until your account is paid in full. If you are a candidate for a degree, you must be in good financial standing with Allen University before your degree will be awarded.

Returned Check Policy

If your check is returned unpaid by your bank for insufficient funds, stopped payment, or account closure, the Business Office notifies you and allows you 15 days to make full payment by bank check, or money order.

If full payment is not received within 15 days, you are removed from your course(s).

You are charged a $35 fee for any check returned unpaid for any reason.

If your check is returned unpaid by your bank, for one year, you may only use bank checks or money orders as methods of payment to Allen University.

Invalid Credit Cards and Credit Card Chargebacks

If you request a credit card chargeback or attempt to pay with an invalid card, you are removed from your course(s) immediately.

If you use a credit card without the cardholder’s knowledge or permission, you are removed from your course(s) immediately, and you may face prosecution.

If you use another’s credit card and the cardholder requests a credit card chargeback, you are removed from your courses immediately.

You are responsible for all course tuition and fees on your account.

Refunds (non-financial aid)

Non-financial related refunds are made by check, payable to you, the student, and mailed to the current mailing address on record. You must notify the school of any address changes either by way of online services or in writing by submitting the change of address form to ensure correct delivery of refund checks.

Amount of Refunds

The amount refunded for course changes depends on the date the change request is submitted online or received by the Registrar’s Office.

Financial Aid Refunds

Refunds for students with financial aid in excess of tuition and fees will be professed within 14 business days of the credit balance showing on the account and all charges being applied.

Student Employment

Student payroll is processed by the Business Office based on a schedule prepared in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office. All time sheets must be submitted by the due dates as specified in the schedule and list signatures of the student employee and supervising managers. Students may enroll in direct deposit for receipt of payroll checks. The direct deposit form is completed by the student during orientation in the Financial Aid Office. A voided check is requested from the student employee to ensure accuracy of the account and routing numbers.