Merit-based scholarships are not the only way to pay for college. Samford University is dedicated to making education affordable for students through a variety of need-based options. Maximize your eligibility for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Aid will be awarded on an as-available basis after this date.

Financing Options

Several options are available for financing your education at Samford. The university offers payment plans and student employment, while the federal government (U.S. Department of Education and the Treasury Department) and private education lenders offer long-term loans in the name of the student, the student and a co-signer and/or a parent.

[My parents] were happy I had listened to the Lord, but concerned with where the money for Samford would come from. After weeks of prayer, I was awarded multiple scholarships and was able to make Samford my home. I am enjoying Samford to the fullest, and every day I am reminded that God leaves the best for those who leave their decisions to Him.Claire McKee

2021-2022 Financial Aid Forms

We’ve compiled some of our most commonly used forms below to help with the financial aid process. If you have any questions, please contact your One Stop advisor at

Forms should be completed using a computer or laptop device to ensure they display correctly.

Professional Judgment Forms

Petition for Independent Status
Special Circumstances - Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request
Special Circumstances - Need Based Review Request

Scholarships & Grants

Alabama Student Grant
Outside Scholarship/Resource Form

Loan Forms

Request to Award or Reinstate Loan
Request to Cancel Loan
Request to Increase Loan
Request to Reduce Loan

Verification Forms

Tax Return Transcript Request Form 4506-T
Online Tax Return Transcript Request
Certification of Dependency Status
Dependent Student Verification Worksheet
Independent Student Verification Worksheet
SSN/DOB/Name Change Form
Proof of Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose Form
Verification Policies and Procedures
Documentation of Untaxed Income
Affidavit for Proof of Citizenship or Eligible Non-Citizenship Status
Unusual Enrollment History
Income Tax Extension Form - Parent
Income Tax Extension Form - Student

Other Forms

Jan Term Financial Aid Application
SAP Appeal Form
Departmental Scholarship Awards

2020-2021 Financial Aid Forms