How do I apply for financial aid?

The financial aid application process is broken down into a number of steps depending on your eligibility for financial aid and the kind of aid you are eligible for:

STEP 1: Determine your eligibility

The application process starts with you filling our financial calculator to provide us information about your family’s financial circumstances. We then use a standard method to assess your demonstrated financial need and determine your eligibility to apply for the ALU financial aid offerings.

Immediately after filling in the financial calculator, you will be informed of your eligibility for financial aid.

Note: Please note that once you fill in these details, you will not be able to make any changes to the information.

Grant Eligible

This means that you are eligible to apply for a specific ALU presidential grant. You may now proceed to the next step of the grant application process.

Scholarship Eligible

This means that you are eligible to apply for the ALU scholarships. You may now proceed to the next step of the scholarship application process.

Financial aid Ineligible

This means that based on the information you provided on your family’s financial circumstances, you are not eligible to apply for financial aid.

 

STEP 2: Apply for either a Grant or Scholarship

The ALU Presidential grant application

Grant eligible students will get the opportunity to demonstrate their need for financial aid through answering a number of questions and provide an explanation of their financial circumstances. Applicants will also be required to submit supporting documentation for proof of financial circumstances.

Below is a breakdown of the sections to be completed in the grant application;

a. Household livelihood and personal information

This section will ask you about you and your household so as to understand your financial circumstances. You would be asked to provide information about the possible sources of income, the total monthly income earned in your household and the kind of assets that your family owns.

b. Education financing history

This section will seek to understand how you were able to pay for your previous schooling (e.g self-funded, sponsored) and how much you or your family paid towards your education, whether high school or college.

c. Financial circumstances essay

In this section, you have an opportunity to tell us what you’d like us to know about your financial circumstances and why you should receive the grant that you’re applying for.

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The ALU Scholarship application

Scholarship eligible students will get the opportunity to demonstrate their need for financial aid through answering a number of questions regarding their financial circumstances.

Below is a breakdown of the sections to be completed in the scholarship application;

a. Household livelihood and personal information

This section will ask you about you and your household so as to understand your financial circumstances. You would be asked to provide information about the possible sources of income, the total monthly income earned in your household and the kind of assets that your family owns.

b. Education financing history

This section will seek to understand how you were able to pay for your previous schooling (e.g self-funded, sponsored) and how much you or your family paid towards your education, whether high school or college.

c. Scholarship application essays

In this section, you have an opportunity to tell us what you’d
like us to know about your financial circumstances and why you should receive the scholarship. You will also be required to submit a 500-word essay about how you intend to use this opportunity to benefit your community. In answering the scholarship essay, you will need to highlight the things you hope to learn while at ALU, and what drives you to pursue these areas, what you hope to do after your time at ALU given a choice and what activities you will do in your community to start making a small change.

 

STEP 3: Upload Supporting documentation

Whether making a grant application or scholarship application, you will be required to provide documentation in support of the information you’ve provided. Below is a list of documents you should consider uploading depending on the information you provide in your application.

 

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