Back To Bama is a new 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. Even though you may have been away from UA, we have been working to develop distance degree programs that you can complete without disrupting your work or family obligations. 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.
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.
It is simple. We only have a few criteria that you must meet:
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.
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.
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.
Click here to view University of Alabama Distance Learner tuition rates.
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 plan to finish by taking on-campus courses, the standard campus tuition rates apply.
To apply for federal financial aid (including possible federal grants and loans), complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov. 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.
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.