National Merit Finalist

National Merit Finalist Package 2020-2021

  • Value of tuition for up to five years or 10 semesters for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate (or law) studies
  • Four years of on-campus housing at regular room rate* (based on assignment by Housing and Residential Communities)
  • $3,500 per year Merit Scholarship stipend for four years.**
  • One-time allowance of $2,000 for use in summer research or international study (after completing one year of study at UA)
  • $2,000 book scholarship ($500 per year for four years)

National Merit Semifinalist Package 2020-2021

  • As a National Merit Semifinalist, once you are admitted to UA, we will offer you a Presidential Scholarship. 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.

** The portion of your stipend paid by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will be applied to your student account within the first six weeks of each semester.

National Merit Steps

Here is a basic summary of the process to follow if you wish to be considered for a National Merit 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.

    Take the PSAT

  1. 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.
  2. Semifinalists Announced

  3. If you qualify as a National Merit Semifinalist, you will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in September of your senior year of high school.
  4. Finalists Announced

  5. If you qualify as a National Merit Finalist, you will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in February of your senior year of high school. Please submit your official finalist letter to
  6. Choose Alabama

  7. 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.

  1. Apply to UA

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

  2. Scholarships

    Be admitted by December 15 to apply for UA’s competitive scholarships. Learn more about the UA Scholarship Application.

  3. 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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