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     In Alabama, senior citizens may be eligible for a waiver of tuition fees at state-supported colleges and universities.  The waiver applies to residents of  Alabama who are 60 years of age or older and who are not seeking a degree. They must also meet certain academic requirements and may be required to pay certain fees

     It is advisable to check with the specific college or university for more information on their senior citizen tuition waiver program and requirements to qualify.  I have listed the participating Alabama colleges and their financial aid contacts below:

Alabama Southern Community College
Financial Aid Director at Monroeville Campus (251) 575-8256
Financial Aid Associate at Thomasville Campus (334) 637-3168
* Senior Adult Scholarship deadline is Feb. 15th.

Belvill State Community College
Toll Free Number 1-800-648-3271
Fayette Campus (205) 932-3221 ext. 5113
Hamilton Campus (205) 921-3177 ext. 5324
Jasper Campus (205) 387-0511
Sumiton Campus (205) 648-3271 ext. 5415

Bishop State Community College
Bishop State Main Campus (251) 405-7000
Baker-Gaines Central Campus (251) 405-4400
Southwest Campus (251) 665-4085
Bishop State Carver Campus (251) 662-5361

Calhoun Community College
Director of Student Financial Services (256) 306-2626
Scholarships (256) 306-2624
Financial Aid Clerks (256) 306-2627 and (256) 306-2623 Days
Financial Aid Clerk  (256) 306-2625 Evenings

Central Alabama Community College
Financial Aid Director Alexander City (256) 215-4250 or 1-800-643-2657 ext. 4250
Financial Aid Director Childersburg (256) 378-2008 or 1-800-643-2657 ext.2009
*Admission requirements must be met prior to receiving a senior waiver form.  A senior waiver form must be completed if applying for the senior scholarship.  Class are for credit and are based upon seat availability.  Courses cannot be repeated once taken.  The deadline for applying for scholarships is March 1st.

Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Director of Financial Aid (334) 291-4915

J.F. Drake State Technical College
Toll Free 1-888-413-7253
Financial Aid Office (256) 551-3127

Enterprise-Ozark Community College
Financial Aid  (334) 347-2623 ext. 2214
*You must met admission requirements and there must be space available. Senior waiver doesn't apply to fees, books and supplies.

Faulkner State Community College
Toll Free Number 1-800-231-3752
Financial Aid Office (251) 580-2151
* Scholarships are for audit or credit.

Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden Financial Aid Office (256) 549-8264
McClellan Financial Aid Office (256) 238-9341
Ayers Financial Aid Office (256) 835-5420

J. F. Ingram State Technical College
* This is a correctional educational facility.

Jefferson Davis Community College
Financial Aid Office (251) 809-1511
Financial Aid Fax (251) 809-1513

Jefferson State Community College
Scholarships  (205) 856-8509 or 8511

Lawson State Community College
Scholarship info: (205) 929-6380 or (205) 929-3421
*Waivers apply to college credit courses only.

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Andalusia/Greenville Campus (334) 881-2272    Fax: (334) 881 2201
MacArthur/Luverne Campus (334) 493-5338    
Fax: (334) 493-7003
* Students must enroll for credit courses.

Northwestern Alabama Community College
Financial Aid Office (256) 638-4418 or (256) 228-6001

Northwest Shoals Community College
Shoals Campus Financial Aid (256) 331-5364
Phil Campbell Campus Financial Aid (256) 331-6232

Reid State Technical College
Scholarships (251) 578-1313 ext. 138

Shelton State Community College
Financial Aid Office (205) 391-2208

Snead State Community College
Financial Aid Office ( 256) 840-4143

Southern Union State Community College
Wadley Campus Financial Aid (256) 395-2211
Opelika Office (334)  745-6437
Valley Campus (334) 756-4151

Trenholm State Technical College
Toll Free Number 1-866-753-4544
Financial Aid Office (334) 420-4200

Wallace Dothan
Wallace, Sparks, and Fort Rucker  Financial Aid 1-800-543-2426
Center for Economic and Workforce Development (334) 983-3521 ext 2203

Wallace Hanceville Community College
Financial Aid Office (256) 352-8182
Scholarship info  (256) 352-8031

Wallace Community College Selma
Financial Aid Office (334) 876-9296


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  1. It would be nice if Alabama gave more toward seniors pursuing a college degree. Most states offer waivers for a 4 year degree and 50 percent deductions on books. Alabama can do more toward education.

    1. I think Alabama could easily give more to seniors pursuing a college degree by providing two more years of tuition waiver. The purchase of books should be the responsibility of the person pursuing the degree. That is a good compromise between the needs of both parties.

    2. I agree that Ala needs to do more. I would like to point out that ATHENS STATE UNIVSITY is not on the list. Athens is a 2yr SENIOR college (Junior and Senior years) that follows the above tuition discount. I know becasue I took advantage of it to get a BA. It applies to their online courses as well.

  2. I too, would like to see more Colleges on the list.. UAB, would be a good one to have if a higher degree is wanted

  3. When you look and listen to many Alabamians it's obvious that the state could care less about education so why would they give seniors any special consideration.

  4. Does anyone know of a 4 year institution that offers a program for seniors?

  5. Jeffery M. WhitfieldNovember 20, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    A written perfectly and hot and cold was very much easy to understand.

  6. If our government takes serious step for improving woman education then we can easily make a good society because woman play very important role for developing a good nation. So we should to care this education. You should to buy essay and complete your writing work.

  7. There should be nationwide tuition waiver for over 60 years old, for undergraduate and graduate including doctoral programs. It discriminates against seniors who are not state residents.


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