Alabama's Public Liberal Arts University

ASPIRE/Student Support Services

Program Eligibility

Our services are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in credit-bearing classes at UM; pursuing their first bachelor’s degree; who demonstrate need for support of their academic goals; and meet at least one of the following criteria:

Low-income student: A student whose family’s taxable income does not exceed federal levels. If the student is receiving any type of public assistance, or if the student is receiving Social Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), or Vocational Rehabilitation funding. Please click on link to see current income guidelines: 2013-14 Federal Income Levels Chart.

First generation college student: A student neither of whose custodial parent/guardian has graduated from a four-year institution at the time of the student’s enrollment in the ASPIRE Program; or has ever been a ward of the State of Alabama or homeless.

Student with disabilities: The student must have documentation on file and be registered with UM’s Disability Support Services.

Finally, students must demonstrate a commitment to their college success at UM by utilizing recommended and required ASPIRE program services.

Entrance into the program is based upon available space; meeting the outlined eligibility criteria, along with demonstrated academic need; and potential for graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in a period no greater than six (6) years from entry into the program.