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packages iconNational Merit or Achievement Finalist Package

  • Value of tuition for up to five years or 10 semesters for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate studies
  • One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate* (based on assignment by Housing and Residential Communities)
  • A $3,500 per year Merit/Achievement Scholarship stipend for four years. A student must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA to continue receiving this scholarship stipend. If a corporate-sponsored scholarship from the National Merit Corporation is received, the total value cannot exceed $3,500. (For example, if you receive a corporate-sponsored scholarship of $2,000 per year, UA will contribute $1,500 per year to reach the total stipend amount of $3,500.)
  • One-time allowance of $2,000 for use in summer research or international study (after completing one year of study at UA)
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packages iconNational Merit or Achievement Semifinalist Package

  • As a National Merit or Achievement Semifinalist, once you are admitted to UA with a 3.5 cumulative GPA, we will offer you a Presidential Scholarship, which pays the value of tuition for four years or eight semesters. You must be admitted by Dec. 15 of your senior year in high school to receive this award.

* Regular room rate is defined as the largest room option in a particular dorm. Example: Riverside, Lakeside and Ridgecrest have four-person suites. The cost associated with the four person suite would be the value of the housing scholarship in this circumstance. If you live in an alternative dorm where double room occupancy is the largest available option, then the cost associated with the double room would be the value of the housing scholarship.

National Merit and Achievement Steps

Here is a basic summary of the process to follow if you wish to be considered for a National Merit or National Achievement Scholarship to attend UA. Please visit the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website for more details and for the most updated information. Some direct links are included below to help you find specific information about each phase of the process.

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Take the PSAT

The PSAT may be taken as a sophomore or a junior depending on the high school you attend. Consult your high school guidance counselor for details about when the test is administered at your school.

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Semifinalists Announced

If you qualify as a National Merit or National Achievement Semi-Finalist, you will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in September of your senior year of high school.

3

Finalists Announced

If you qualify as a National Merit or National Achievement Finalist, you will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in February of your senior year of high school.

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Choose Alabama

National Merit Scholars designate The University of Alabama as your first choice with the National Merit Corporation by May 1st.

UA Admissions Steps

In addition to the steps above, you should apply for admission to UA and scholarships and financial aid by following the steps below. Please keep in mind that the following list does not include every step of the enrollment process or the financial aid process. More information is available on the Scholarships and Financial Aid page of the UA Viewbook as well as on the pages linked in the boxes below.

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Apply to UA

The application goes live in July prior to your senior year in high school. Read more about the admissions process.

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Scholarships

Apply for scholarships by December 15. Learn more about the UA Scholarship Application.

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FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) beginning in early January of your senior year.

Contact Us

We will be glad to talk to you in more detail about the scholarship packages and application procedures listed here. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a campus visit.

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  • Scholarships@ua.edu
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  • 1-800-933-BAMA