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Back to Bama Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Back To Bama?

Back To Bama is an initiative to encourage individuals who left The University of Alabama before they graduated to return and complete their degrees. It is coordinated by The College of Continuing Studies (CCS) and provides a variety of services to help determine your best options for finishing your education. We want you to know that you still belong here and that it is never too late to come Back to Bama!

The best part of Back to Bama is that once you go through the counseling process with us and complete a grant application, you may become eligible for a scholarship that covers the cost of your first course back. You can put yourself back on track for finishing that unfinished business of a college degree.

2. How do I get started?

Your first step is to get in touch with the Bama By Distance Student Services office, 800-467-0227 toll-free or (205) 348-0089. You can speak with a counselor to discuss your own situation, including your academic interests and best strategies for getting back in class.

3. How do I know if I am eligible for the Back to Bama scholarship?

It is simple. We only have a few criteria that you must meet:

  1. While previously at UA, you attempted at least 15 semester hours as a degree-seeking student.
  2. You cannot hold any undergraduate degree.
  3. It has been at least a year (1 Fall term and 1 Spring term, and 1 Summer term) since you last attended The University of Alabama.
  4. You have no academic or financial holds on your UA record.
  5. Can't have previously received the grant
  6. Be readmitted and registered for the term you plan to re-enter

Click here to download the Back to Bama Grant application form.

4. What if I am not able to take classes on-campus?

The University of Alabama has several full degree programs in distance formats, and we offer over 100 online or distance courses each term. You can work from home, or you can take campus courses.

5. What kinds of programs are available via distance/online delivery?

View a list of Back To Bama degree programs.

6. What if I left Alabama in poor academic standing?

If you have been away from UA for more than 3 years and your UA GPA is less than a 2.0, you may be eligible for a program known as Academic Second Opportunity. The policy in the UA Catalog states:

A student who has been separated from The University of Alabama for at least three academic years may apply for readmission for an "academic second opportunity." As such, the student will be readmitted regardless of previous scholastic performance, unless separation from the University resulted from academic misconduct. In cases of academic misconduct, readmission will be reviewed by the academic dean (or his or her designee) for the school or college in which readmission is sought.

If the application for academic second opportunity is accepted, all previous academic work remains on the student's permanent record, but the grades for previous work are not used in computing the grade point average. Grades of "C" or higher earned during previous college attendance are computed as "passing hours" ("P") and may be applied to major program, distribution, and graduation requirements. Grades of "D" earned during previous college attendance may not be applied to major program, distribution, or graduation requirements.

A student who has a degree from another institution but was previously a student at UA or who has a degree from UA is not eligible for consideration. The deadline dates to apply and have all credentials submitted are August 1 for fall term, December 1 for spring term, and May 1 for any summer term. Academic Second Opportunity may be awarded only once and may not be awarded retroactively.

The CCS counselor working with Back To Bama can help determine whether or not Academic Second Opportunity is a good match for you and your situation.

7. What if I want to change my major?

That's fine. Your discussions with the UA counselor will help you identify the best path for you at this point in your life. The key will be to have those discussions before you are readmitted so we can make sure that you get started back in the correct college and degree program.

8. How much will it cost?

View University of Alabama Distance Learner tuition rates.  Find on-campus tuition rates here.

9. I don't live in Alabama. Will out-of-state tuition be charged?

Students who are readmitted to distance degree programs are categorized with a Distance Learner status. The tuition rates for DL students apply for all students, regardless of whether you live in Alabama or take distance courses from out-of-state. If you are in a Campus degree program or if you plan to finish by taking on-campus courses, the standard campus tuition rates apply.

10. What kind of financial aid is available?

To apply for federal financial aid (including possible federal grants and loans), complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at You will need your previous year tax return to answer the questions. The results of the FAFSA will be used to determine the type and amount of aid for which you are eligible during the year. The priority date is March 1st each year, but the FAFSA will be accepted after that date. Keep in mind it takes about two weeks for the FAFSA to be processed, and you may be selected for verification, so it is important that you apply as soon as possible.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students who receive federal financial aid must make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degrees within a reasonable period of time. In accordance with regulations issued by the US Department of Education, the University's standing committee on financial aid has approved standards defining satisfactory academic progress that our outlined in detail in the undergraduate catalog.

Students must

  • Maintain a minimum GPA
  • Successfully complete 67% of all UA credit hours attempted
  • Complete his or her degree program within a reasonable length of time

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