Competitive Scholarships

I’m an incoming freshman. How do I apply for competitive scholarships?

To receive consideration for the UA Competitive Admissions Scholarships and other competitive scholarships, you must submit your application for admission and all supporting documentation by January 15 if enrolling in the fall/summer or November 1 if enrolling in the spring. Some competitive scholarships require supplemental documentation. Once you are admitted you will be emailed instructions to complete the optional Freshman Supplemental Scholarship Application.

I’m an incoming transfer student. How do I apply for competitive scholarships?

To receive consideration for competitive scholarships, you must submit your application for admission, all supporting documentation and the Transfer Application for Competitive Scholarships by March 1 if enrolling in the fall/summer or October 1 if enrolling in the spring. 

Can I make changes to my application after submission for scholarship purposes?

No. Once your application has been submitted, changes cannot be made. 

How many early notifications of UA Competitive Admissions Scholarships will there be?

There will be two early notification rounds. They will be released in mid-December and early February. The third and final round will take place when Consolidated Scholarship Offer Letters are released in early March, which is the same time that all other competitive scholarships are released.

What scholarships will be released in the first and second round scholarship notifications?

Only the UA Competitive Admissions Scholarships will be released in the early rounds. All other competitive scholarships including alumni, departmental and college specific scholarships will be released in early March with the Consolidated Scholarship Offer Letters.

Who will receive early notification of the UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship?

Students with and without a test score will be eligible for early notification of the UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship.

If I don’t receive notification for a UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship in the applicable round for my admission date, will I continue to be rolled into the following notification rounds?

Yes. It is not uncommon for students that are admitted before an admission cut-off date to receive a later notification. 

If a student is admitted before an admission cut-off date and does not receive a notification in the respective round, they will continue to roll into the next notification period for further review until the final round of notifications are released in early March.

If I already have a merit scholarship, can I receive both the merit and the UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship?

No. If you are awarded a UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship but also meet the criteria for one or more Automatic Merit Scholarships, you will receive the highest of the scholarship offers.

If I receive a UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship in December but later receive an SAT or ACT score that makes me eligible for an automatic merit scholarship, should I submit my test score?

Yes, you may submit an SAT or ACT test score after being admitted. 

If you are awarded a UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship but also meet the criteria for one or more Automatic Merit Scholarships, you will receive the highest of the scholarship offers.

If I receive a UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship, can I receive another competitive scholarship?

Yes, you can receive a UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship and additional competitive scholarships like alumni, departmental or college-specific scholarships. These will be released with Consolidated Scholarship Offer Letters in early March.

If I do not receive the value I hoped for from the UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship, can I be reviewed again?

Students are not typically reviewed again after receiving a UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship offer. The UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship based on the holistic review of a student’s academic and non-academic information provided on their admission application. 

However, students whose scholarship value, eligibility and/or academic profile was impacted by an extenuating circumstance have the opportunity to submit a scholarship appeal for reconsideration. Please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy webpage to learn more.  

Will UA re-award scholarships if the previous recipient does not accept them?

Yes, there will be a re-award period following the registration deadline, typically in late August. The likelihood of additional scholarships is small and re-awards will not include automatic merit scholarships or UA Competitive Admissions Scholarships. It is in your best interest to prepare for The University of Alabama with your current financial aid award and scholarship offer.

Will incoming freshmen that are admitted on January 15 be disadvantaged, receive less competitive scholarship values or less consideration for competitive scholarships compared to students who are admitted earlier?

No. Students that are admitted closer to the deadline will not be disadvantaged in any way. Their applications will be reviewed for competitive scholarships in the same fashion as all students that submitted prior to them.

How do I ensure I am considered for all competitive scholarships offered at UA?

For incoming freshmen, your scholarship application is now included in your application for admission. To receive consideration for most competitive scholarships, you must submit your application for admission and all supporting documentation by January 15 if enrolling in the fall/summer or November 1 if enrolling in the spring. Some competitive scholarships require supplemental documentation. Once you are admitted you will be emailed instructions to complete the optional Freshman Supplemental Scholarship Application.

For incoming transfer students to receive consideration for competitive scholarships you must submit your application for admission, all supporting documentation and the Transfer Application for Competitive Scholarships by March 1 if enrolling in the fall/summer or October 1 if enrolling in the spring. 

The scholarship application is disseminated to all departments across campus including the National Alumni Association and the academic college that houses the student’s major (e.g., Arts and Sciences, Business, etc.) for competitive consideration. 

Admitted students will receive emailed instructions on how to access the Freshmen Supplemental Scholarship Application or the Transfer Scholarship Application. The Freshmen Supplemental Scholarship Application includes scholarships that require special information or documentation that was not already collected through the admissions process. 

Please note the Freshmen Supplemental Scholarship Application is not mandatory for consideration of most competitive scholarships offered at UA. The scholarships on this application have very specific criteria and not all students will be eligible for the listed scholarships. To receive consideration for these scholarships, students must check the box next to the scholarship they wish to be considered for and provide the requested information. These scholarships are processed on a competitive basis meaning not all students that meet the criteria will be a recipient.

If an incoming freshman is not admitted by January 15 or an incoming transfer student does not submit the scholarship application by March 1, can the student still apply for scholarships?

No, students will not receive consideration for competitive scholarships if the deadline has passed. Students may appeal for additional consideration due to extenuating circumstances. Please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy to learn more.  

Are there scholarship opportunities for currently enrolled UA students?

Yes. Students can complete the Current Student Scholarship Application for opportunities available in the following academic year. The deadline is March 1 of the spring semester. Please visit UA’s Scholarship page for current student scholarships to learn more. 

Are incoming freshmen with only a GED score eligible for scholarships?

Students with only a GED can be considered for competitive scholarships. Students can enhance their academic profile in competitive scholarship review by submitting an SAT or ACT score and thoroughly completing the Awards and Experience section of the admissions application. 

Students with a GED cannot be considered for automatic merit scholarships.

Can two different colleges on campus review my application for scholarship consideration?

No. A student’s application will only be reviewed by the college marked on the admissions application. An incoming freshman cannot list two majors.

Automatic Merit Scholarships

How will I be notified if I am eligible for an automatic merit scholarship?

Automatic merit scholarship letters are mailed to recipients approximately two weeks after they are admitted until the Consolidated Scholarship Offer Letters are released.

When will I be notified if I am eligible for an automatic transfer scholarship?

Transfer scholarship offer letters are released in early April. Students will receive notification of the release via email.

What standardized test dates and GPA timelines are accepted for automatic merit scholarship consideration?

Only ACT composite scores or SAT total scores from tests taken through February of your senior year in high school and your GPA through December of your senior year in high school are considered for automatic merit scholarships.

If I am an incoming freshman and I am not admitted by May 1, can I still receive an automatic merit scholarship?

No, students will not receive consideration for automatic merit scholarships after the deadline. 

Students may appeal for additional consideration due to extenuating circumstances. Please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy to learn more.  

I’ve been named a National Merit Finalist. What is my next step?

National Merit Finalists should email their finalist letter to scholarships@ua.edu and name The University of Alabama as their college of choice. To learn more visit UA’s National Merit Scholars page

Can I receive more than one automatic merit scholarship?

No, students can only receive one automatic merit scholarship. If you are eligible for multiple automatic merit scholarships, you will receive the scholarship with the highest value.

If you are awarded a UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship but also meet the criteria for one or more Automatic Merit Scholarships, you will receive the highest of the scholarship offers.

Scholarship Policies

Will a tuition scholarship adjust if I take more or less than full time hours?

The scholarship will automatically adjust to the tuition charge if the charge is more or less than a full-time course load. 

What are the academic requirements of my merit scholarship?

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete 67% of their attempted credit hours in order to maintain their merit scholarships. To learn more please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy

Will a break in enrollment affect my scholarship?

Yes. A break in enrollment could affect a student’s scholarship. For more detail please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy to read about our break in enrollment policy.

Can undergraduate students use remaining semesters of undergraduate scholarships toward graduate school?

Yes. Students with remaining semesters of an undergraduate automatic merit scholarship or the UA Competitive Admissions scholarship can use their remaining semesters toward graduate school. To learn more please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy

Are students that take a gap year eligible for scholarships?

Yes. Admitted students can request a gap year by submitting a gap year request to scholarships@ua.edu. To learn more please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy.

Can students use their automatic merit or competitive scholarship to study abroad?

Yes. Most university scholarships can be used toward a university approved study abroad program. To learn more please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy

Can students use their automatic merit or competitive scholarship toward summer courses?

Yes. Students can use most scholarships towards summer courses. To learn more please visit UA’s Scholarship Policy.

Do external scholarships, military benefits or college saving plans impact scholarships at UA?

No. However, scholarships at UA could possibly impact these external funds. Please consult with the external scholarship, military benefits or college savings plan representatives to determine if your funds will be impacted by scholarships received at UA.

Do residency changes impact my scholarship values?

Yes. Automatic merit scholarships, UA Competitive Admissions Scholarships and other competitive scholarship values are impacted by residency changes as many values are representative of the tuition charge. Therefore, if the tuition charge changes, the scholarship value typically changes as well. Email scholarships@ua.edu to find out if your residency change will impact your scholarship.