Frequently Asked Questions

If your inquiry is not resolved from the list of questions and answers below, please feel free to e-mail your specific question to scholarships@ua.edu, and we will be happy to provide you feedback.

General

As an entering freshman (applying for the Fall semester following your senior year of high school), you will need to send a completed application for admission, official high school transcript (grades 9-11), official ACT or SAT scores, application fee, and the completed scholarship section of the application for admission by December 15 of your senior year in high school.

As an incoming transfer undergraduate student (applying for the Fall semester), you will need to send a completed application for admission, official college transcript(s) from any college(s) attended, application fee, and the completed scholarship section of the application for admission by March 1. Please note that when you apply it generally takes 24-48 hours for you to receive your CWID so that you may access the scholarship application.

Whether or not scholarships are "stackable" is typically determined by the value of the scholarships. A good rule of thumb to remember is that a student would not be awarded two or more scholarships that are both valued at the rate of tuition or greater.

For Entering Freshmen: There is only one application to complete and submit for entering freshmen to be considered for academic and leadership scholarships at UA*. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the National Alumni Association, and The University of Alabama's undergraduate colleges and schools use the application for admission and scholarships to select scholarship recipients.

For Transfer Students: There is only one application to complete and submit for transfer students to be considered for academic and leadership scholarships at UA, the application for admission and scholarships. Please keep in mind that not every college on campus has scholarships earmarked for transfer students.

*Entering freshman students who apply will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible except for those scholarships offered by Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and the College of Continuing Studies.

The national December ACT and the national December SAT are the last college entrance examination results accepted for students who want scholarship consideration.

Yes, we accept either test. We evaluate your application based on the highest composite test score from any one test date taken at the national level.

Old and New SAT scores are considered for scholarships. Old SAT scores are calculated using critical reading and math scores only. New SAT scores are calculated using evidence-based reading and writing plus math scores.

The highest ACT composite score from one test date, excluding the writing portion, is reviewed for initial eligibility.

No, we do not "super-score." We evaluate your application based on the highest composite test score from any one test date taken at the national level. We do not penalize based on a student taking multiple tests.

If both are listed on the official high school transcript, the highest one will be reviewed.

Several pages of the scholarship application include information that would typically be included on a resume. Personal resumes are not accepted.

If you have a special talent or ability - such as music, debate, art, or athletics - that you might like to develop at The University of Alabama, financial assistance may be available to you through that specific department. To find out more about performance-based scholarships, please contact the appropriate department; or for guidance, call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-2262 (BAMA) or 205-348-5666 for more information.

Yes, students can receive multiple scholarships from the University. However, a student cannot receive two tuition scholarships.

No. You do not have to be admitted. However, you do need to have already completed and submitted the general admissions application. Please note that when you apply it generally takes 24-48 hours for you to receive your CWID so that you may access the scholarship application.

There are multiple ways to get this information to us. We accept documents that are e-mailed to scholarships@ua.edu. Students are also welcome to mail any documentation. We just ask that all documents be labeled with the students name, CWID, and the name of the scholarships he or she is applying for.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships
801 Campus Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Attention: Scholarships Department

Eligibility

No. Students only need to have the completed application for admission, application fee, official high school transcript (grades 9-11), and official ACT or SAT scores submitted by December 15. A submitted scholarship application before December 15 is still encouraged, as it allows a student to be considered for additional scholarships through academic departments and the National Alumni Association.

Meeting the priority deadline requires submitting a completed admissions application and scholarship application, application fee, official high school transcript, and official test scores (either ACT or SAT).

Only entering freshmen applying during their senior year of high school (who meet the December 15 priority deadline and submit the required documents) are eligible for these scholarships. Once you become an enrolled student, you cannot apply or be reconsidered for these scholarships.

Generally for scholarship consideration, an entering freshman with an ACT of 24, old SAT of 1090 (critical reading and math) or new SAT score of 1160 (evidence-based reading and writing plus math) and a cumulative 3.0 GPA will be reviewed.

No. The scholarship a student is awarded as an entering freshman is based on the student attending UA upon graduating from high school. If you decline an offer and attend another college/university, you are unable to receive that scholarship if you attend UA at a later date.

International students are evaluated the same as out-of-state students as long as the student has an ACT/SAT score and meets all requirements by the deadline.

Merit-based

Yes, you will still need to pay the Freshmen Enrollment Deposit. The complete deposit will be applied back to your student account in the fall.

A Presidential Scholarship will cover the value of tuition associated with the number of hours registered by a student.

Students graduating with remaining tuition scholarship semester(s) may utilize these monies only toward graduate or law school study at UA. To be eligible, students must enroll in graduate/law school during the first available semester after receiving an undergraduate degree. While you may have a break of a semester or more between receiving your undergraduate degree and enrolling in graduate/law school (e.g., if you graduate in December and your graduate/law program begins in the fall), students may not enroll in any other college or university during that period of time.

A student can only receive one of the scholarships listed in this section. The scholarship a student receives as a first-time freshman is based on meeting the December 15 scholarship priority deadline and having the required test score and GPA.

All students who meet the criteria will receive an automatic scholarship offer if the student has been admitted by the December 15 deadline.

No. When accepting your scholarship offer, it is accepted for the amount of time you have been awarded the scholarship. If your scholarship is renewable, it will be automatically renewed if you meet the required GPA.

Deferral

Depending on the type of scholarship you are on, a committee will review your request for deferral of the scholarship for a semester. The University of Alabama must remain your home institution in order to keep your scholarship. This means that you cannot attend another institution during a fall/spring semester while you are away. You can select to defer your scholarship through MyBama (Academics Tab -> Scholarship Pane -> Scholarship Deferral Request Form). You will need to contact the department that awarded the scholarship for further details.

Maintaining Scholarship

All scholarships awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships, unless otherwise noted, are for undergraduate coursework only.

It is the policy of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships to adhere to the 8 semesters originally offered to you.

Students must maintain a University of Alabama GPA of 3.0 to maintain scholarships awarded by Undergraduate Admissions. Students are not required to be enrolled full-time to maintain scholarships.

Timeline

As a first time freshman you will be notified once you are admitted if you qualify for a merit based scholarship through Undergraduate Admissions. In addition, a consolidated scholarship letter will be mailed in mid-March to scholarship recipients detailing all scholarship offers that you have received from UA.

As a transfer student you will be notified in April if you were awarded any scholarships.

Miscellaneous (Academic Common Market, gap year, etc.)

Yes. Any scholarship offers you receive will be stacked on top of the value of your PACT. The value will be placed on your bill and can be used for other expenses such as a meal plan, housing, etc.

As long as you do not receive any academic credit from another institution and meet the December 15 admission deadline for the year you are applying you will be considered. You must notify the Scholarships department in writing of your year off from school immediately following your graduation from high school. As with any entering freshman, your GPA through your junior year in high school and your test scores from your senior year in high school will be considered. Don't forget that the December ACT and December SAT during your senior year will be the last test scores considered for scholarships.

A student who receives a scholarship that pays full tuition or the out-of-state portion of tuition is not eligible for an Academic Common Market scholarship. Please note that if you receive a partial tuition scholarship at the out-of-state rate you will not be allowed to keep the difference in funding between an ACM scholarship and partial tuition scholarship awarded through Undergraduate Admissions. See graduate.ua.edu/acm for more information.