Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid

There are four main types of financial aid for undergraduate students at ASU:

  • Grants – gift assistance that does not need to be repaid. Awarding of grants is primarily based on financial need.
  • Loans – provided to the student or the student's parents for educational expenses. Loans must be repaid. Read more about loan forgiveness programs here (coming soon).
  • Scholarships – gift assistance that is awarded based on merit and/or financial need. Scholarships do not need to be repaid as long as all requirements are met.
  • Student Employment – working while attending school in order to meet students' personal and/or educational expenses.

To be eligible for most of these types of financial aid, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be completed online at:

Financial Aid at Appalachian

The office of Student Financial Aid at Appalachian State University website is the best place to start when looking for information on financial aid resources at Appalachian. You can find out about deadlines, steps to take in order to applyinformation for your parentsfinancial aid formsFAQssummer school financial assistance, and even study abroad financial aid information. There are many valuable resources available for you to use, so we encourage you to visit the website often.


The Sustainable Development Department offers scholarships to students pursing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Development. Since scholarship awards are competitive, we also encourage you to apply for outside scholarships. Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.