Out-of-State Merit Scholarships for Fall 2021
STEP 1: Complete the Competitive Scholarship Application
For priority consideration for competitively awarded scholarships, entering freshman must be admitted before January 15 of their senior year in high school and submit a completed scholarship application online.
To complete the scholarship application,
- Go to myBama
- Log in and click the Admissions/Scholarships link from the main menu
- Then select the Application for Scholarships link within the Scholarships section of the page.
If you need help completing the scholarship application, please refer to the step-by-step instructions.
The University of Alabama will utilize the Competitive Academic Scholarship Review Scale listed below to alleviate the stress surrounding entrance exam testing availability by awarding comparable scholarship values to only the top applicants in the scholarship application pool.
The value of the UA Competitive Academic Scholarship will be based on the student’s CORE GPA (defined as the average weighted GPA of core math, science, English, social studies, and foreign language classes) and ranking of the TOP scholarship applications in the application pool. All students that submit a competitive scholarship application will be reviewed for scholarships on both the Automatic Merit and the Competitive Academic Scales.
Any student that receives an automatic merit scholarship that is later selected for a competitive academic scholarship of higher value will be upgraded to the UA Competitive Academic Scholarship and its value.
We will begin notifying our UA Competitive Academic Scholarship recipients on December 15, with subsequent release dates in February and March. Our hope is to better inform you and your family of scholarship opportunities as you consider The University of Alabama.
Notification of the UA Competitive Academic Scholarship will have three rounds:
- The first round is December 15 for applications submitted by October 31.
- The second occurs February 1 for applications submitted by December 31.
- The third round happens the first week of March, which is when all students receive their consolidated scholarship offer letters based on scholarship applications submitted by January 15.
Because several factors go into a student’s competitive award, it will not be uncommon for students that submit their scholarship application at an earlier date to receive a later notification. Please rest assured, even if you do not receive notification for an early round, your scholarship application will roll to the next round for further review. Should you have any questions, please visit our UA Competitive Academic Scholarship Q&A page.
Students cannot receive both an Automatic Merit Scholarship and a UA Competitive Academic Scholarship. However, ALL students are strongly encouraged to fill out the scholarship application as this application also qualifies students for additional scholarship dollars that are stackable with either the Automatic Merit or Competitive Academic Scholarship.
|UA OUT-OF-STATE COMPETITIVE ACADEMIC SCALE|
|UA COMPETITIVE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP||3.70+ CORE GPA||3.50-3.69 CORE GPA||3.00-3.49 CORE GPA|
|TIER ONE OF BEST SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS||$28,000||$24,000||$15,000|
|TIER TWO OF BEST SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS||$15,000||$10,000||$8,000|
|TIER THREE OF BEST SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS||$8,000||$6,000||$6,000|
When a student submits the scholarship application, it is disseminated to all awarding departments across campus including the National Alumni Association and the academic college that house the student’s major (e.g., Arts and science, Business, etc.) for competitive scholarship consideration. Students are not responsible for submitting numerous applications to different departments.
By completing the scholarship application, students may apply for the National Alumni Association’s Competitive Alumni Scholarships which require no previous affiliation with UA. The Alumni Association also offers the Alumni Heritage Scholarship and the Alumni Scholar Award to children and grandchildren of UA degree holders who are members of the National Alumni Association.
Once a scholarship application has been submitted, changes cannot be made to the application. All changes must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships using the Contact Form.
Students that submit a scholarship application by our January 15 priority deadline can expect to receive notification of any competitive scholarships awarded, which includes the UA Competitive Academic Scholarship, by the first week of March.
If the January 15 priority deadline has passed, we still encourage students to complete the competitive scholarship application as we will continue to review applications on a fund available basis. The last day to submit a competitive scholarship application is March 1. Students that submit a scholarship application after the January 15 priority deadline can expect to receive notification of any competitive scholarships awarded by May 1.
STEP 2: Qualify For An Automatic Merit Scholarship
First-time freshmen admitted before May 1, have a qualifying composite score on the ACT or total score on the SAT by the end of February, and have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA through December of the senior year will be eligible for the following automatic merit-based scholarships:
|Scholarship||Test Score||GPA||Yearly Value|
|Presidential||32-36 ACT or 1420-1600 SAT||3.50+||$28,000|
|UA Scholar||30-31 ACT or 1360-1410 SAT||3.50+||$24,000|
|Foundation In Excellence||29 ACT or 1330-1350 SAT||3.50+||$15,000|
|Foundation In Excellence||30-36 ACT or 1360-1600 SAT||3.00-3.49||$15,000|
|Collegiate||28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT||3.50+||$10,000|
|Capstone||27 ACT or 1260-1290 SAT||3.50+||$8,000|
|Capstone||28-29 ACT or 1300-1350 SAT||3.00-3.49||$8,000|
|Crimson Legends||25-26 ACT or 1200-1250 SAT||3.50+||$6,000|
|Crimson Legends||27 ACT or 1260-1290 SAT||3.00-3.49||$6,000|
Presidential Elite Scholar
A student with a 4.0 GPA and a 36 ACT or 1600 SAT will be selected as a Presidential Elite Scholar and will receive:
- Value of tuition for up to four years for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate or law studies
- One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate
- $1,000 per year stipend for four years
- $2,000 one-time allowance 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)
Please note, if a student should meet the criteria for more than one merit scholarship, they will only be awarded the higher scholarship package.
A Note about Test Scores
The optional writing section on the SAT is not required for admissions or scholarship purposes.
The writing section of the ACT is not required for admissions or scholarship purposes.
*For scholarships awarded only by Undergraduate Admissions – If tuition is being paid by an outside source, the scholarship dollars may be used for other educational expenses (room, board, books, etc.).
**Merit scholarships are typically awarded for a regular academic year which includes fall and spring semesters only (ie. 8 semesters over the course of four years). Merit scholarship awards will not exceed a semester’s tuition.
STEP 3: Complete Your FAFSA (Optional)
The Financial Aid staff is dedicated to making the financial aid process as straightforward as possible whether you are applying for grants, loans, work study, or student employment.
Please visit The University of Alabama Office of Financial Aid website for more detail, and submit your FAFSA by December 1 to ensure priority consideration for all types of financial aid.