Located in the southeastern region of the U.S., Alabama is 23rd most populous state in the country. The state is commonly referred to as ‘the Heart of the Dixie’, the Yellowhammer state (after the state bird), and the ‘cotton state’. Alabama’s major metropolitan areas include Birmingham, Hunstville, Mobile, Columbus, Tuscaloosa, and the state capital, Montgomery.
The state offers several educational options, including public universities, community colleges, and private institutions. The Alabama Community College System has almost 30 community and technical colleges around the state. Many of these institutions offer online programs. There were 209,885 undergraduate students enrolled at Alabama public institutions in 2013, of which 169,256 were from within the state, according to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Nearly two-thirds of all students were enrolled at 4-year colleges. A third of all students did not receive any financial aid. The number of students attending independent colleges and universities was estimated at 24,000. According to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report, Alabama has two universities ranked in the top 100 colleges in America – the University of Alabama and Auburn University.
The Office of Student Assistance is responsible for administering the following state-sponsored student financial aid programs:
Additional information about these and other assistance programs, including special programs for veterans, the military, national guard, and police is available here. Also, click here for a useful summary of all the programs and eligibility criteria.
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
|College||Popular Majors||Type of Institution||Enrollment|
|University of South Alabama||Business Administration,Nursing,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Troy University||Business,Foreign Languages,Social Sciences||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Auburn University||Biomedical Sciences,Finance,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Alabama||Business,Engineering,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of West Alabama||Commerce,Economics,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Auburn Univeristy at Montgomery||Biology,Business,Education||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of North Alabama||Business,Interdisciplinary Studies,Visual/Performance Arts||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Business,Communications,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|