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Philosophy of Student Financial Aid at Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham-Southern College embraces the philosophy that worthy,
qualified students should have an opportunity for a college education
regardless of their economic circumstances. The College is willing to join
with the student and the student’s family to provide monetary assistance
for eligible students who demonstrate financial need. The student’s family
bears the principal responsibility of financing college education. The
College expects each student to assume a measure of responsibility through
a combination of savings, limited work, and/or borrowing. A student who
meets admission requirements at Birmingham-Southern and applies for
need-based financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) is considered for assistance without regard to race, sex,
sexual orientation, creed, color, or national origin provided the student is
otherwise eligible.
College Principles of Financial Aid
Based on the statement of philosophy above, and with an
understanding that aid resources at the College are limited, the Financial
Aid Office has adopted the following principles:
The primary purpose of the financial aid program is to assist
students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend
Birmingham-Southern College.
Financial aid consists of grants, scholarships, loans, and
employment that may be offered to students singularly or in various
A student’s family is expected to make a maximum effort to assist
the student with college expenses
The Financial Aid Office views
financial assistance as a supplement to the student and the family
Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, as defined
by the College.
The total amount of need-based financial assistance offered to a
student shall not exceed the student’s demonstrated eligibility.
The total amount of need-based and merit-based financial
assistance offered to a student shall not exceed the student’s cost of
With certain limited exceptions, merit scholarships funded by the
College shall not exceed the cost of regular tuition.