Other Assistance

Direct Plus Loans/Parent Plus Loan

Students or parents may borrow funds for educational purposes from a participating lending institution. The government acts as guarantor to the loan; therefore, the student or parent needs no collateral. Interest is low and repayment depends on the type of loan. 

Step 1- Student should file the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

Step 2- Parent should visit www.studentloans.gov & SIGN-IN using the parent’s PIN used to sign the FAFSA.

  • Click “Request a Direct PLUS Loan
  • Select Loan Type: “Parent PLUS” and complete the four steps.  A credit check will be completed during this process.

If the credit check is “declined”  please check "undecided".

  • If a Parent PLUS loan is declined, freshmen and sophomores may borrow an additional $4000 unsubsidized Stafford Loan and junior and seniors $5000.

If the credit check is “accepted”

  • Find on the left hand side “Master Promissory Note” & Click “Complete MPN
  • Select Loan Type: “Parent PLUS” and complete the four steps

Step 3- Contact the Financial Aid office for status of your application.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Students with disabilities may qualify for assistance from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Contact the State Department of Education. 

Veteran's Assistance

Veterans or their dependents may be eligible under one of the assistance programs currently available (ABU does not accept the Hazelwood Act).  To apply for benefits go to: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp.

Become an Educator Scholarship

ToBecomeATeacher.org – Becoming an Educator $1,000 Scholarship

Qualified teachers are critical to the growth of any nation. In the United States, we’ve relied on the hard work provided by teachers for hundreds of years, to guide and shape our youth to not only become educated; but become contributing members of our society. However, becoming a teacher is not easy – nor is it cheap.

To help you on this path, ToBecomeATeacher.org has created the ‘Becoming an Educator’ Scholarship program.

For more information check out: http://tobecomeateacher.org/tobecomeateacher-become-the-educator-scholarship/

Ed E. and Gladys Hurley Foundation Scholarship

Bank of America, N. A. was appointed Trustee of the Ed E. and Gladys Hurley Foundation (Texas) under the Will of the late Ed E. Hurley of Shreveport, Louisiana.  A portion of the income from the Trust is to be used to assist worthy and deserving young men and women to a obtain college education when they and their parents are financially unable to provide the necessary funds to do so.  Students who reside in any state and who wish to study to become ministers, missionaries or religious workers of the Protestant faith and who qualify under the terms of the Will may receive sums from the Trustee without obligation of repayment.  Funds must be used solely for colleges in the State of Texas.  The maximum amount available to a student in one scholastic year is $1,000.

Click Here for the Grant Application Information Sheet

Click Here for the Scholarship Application Packet