Financial Aid Resources

Make sure you understand how financial aid works by keeping in touch with a financial aid counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Keep in mind that a student’s financial aid can be affected if they drop below 12 hours (full-time status) or if they withdraw. Failure to attend class can also affect their aid as can a low GPA and failure to make adequate progress toward a degree. To avoid problems, students must make sure they understand the terms under which they are receiving aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office at (828) 262-2190 if you have any questions about financial aid status.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all courses they are enrolled in are courses required for their degree program as listed on the appropriate degree checksheet. Courses not required for a degree program may not be counted in the enrollment status for financial aid  eligibility. If the Office of Student Financial Aid is informed that a student is registered for courses that do not meet their degree requirements, their financial aid will be adjusted or canceled.

Veterans should contact the VA Certifying Official in the Office of Financial Aid once they have been accepted to Appalachian and have registered for classes. The VA Certifying Official will  help the student process the GI Bill paperwork so that they can receive benefits.



Financial Aid consists of scholarships, grants, student loans and work-study jobs. Eligible students seeking financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1st each year as possible, and list Appalachian as a school to receive the results. The Financial Aid Office here at Appalachian State University will determine the student’s eligibility for financial aid based on the information provided on the FAFSA. For complete steps on how to complete a FAFSA and other financial aid details, please see our website.


Students must complete a new FAFSA each year in order to be considered for financial aid. We encourage students and families to complete the FAFSA as early as possible because of limited funding in some state grant programs. In addition, completing your FAFSA early will ensure that you have your funds when you need them to pay your school bill. The FAFSA homepage is


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