Out-of-State Merit Scholarships for 2018-2019
Please review our FAQ section for details on the scholarships listed below.
First time freshmen who meet the December 15 scholarship deadline, have a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT and have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA through the junior year will be eligible for the following merit-based scholarships:
A student with a 27 ACT or 1280-1300 SAT score and a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Capstone Scholar and will receive $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year).
A student with a 28 ACT or 1310-1340 SAT score and a minimum GPA of 3.5 will be named a Collegiate Scholar and will receive $24,000 over four years ($6,000 per year).
Foundation in Excellence Scholar
A student with a 29 ACT or 1350-1380 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA will be named a Foundation in Excellence Scholar and will receive $52,000 over four years ($13,000 per year).
A student with a 30-32 ACT or 1390-1480 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA, he or she will be named a UA Scholar and will receive $76,000 over four years ($19,000 per year).
A student with a 33-36 ACT or 1490-1600 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA will be selected as a Presidential Scholar and will receive $100,000 over four years ($25,000 per year). Students graduating with remaining scholarship semester(s) may use these monies toward graduate school and/or law school study at UA.
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)
A Note About Test Scores
- The University of Alabama will accept from both the previous SAT and the redesigned SAT (any SAT taken on or after March 5th, 2016). If you have a previous SAT score, please contact us.
- If you have taken the previous SAT and the redesigned SAT, we will use your highest score for your admission and scholarship application reviews. Highest score will be determined by using test score conversion by College Board.
- The optional writing section in the redesigned SAT will not be required for admissions or scholarship purposes.
- The writing section of the ACT will no longer be 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.
***If a student is receiving funding through the Academic Common Market merit scholarship will pay the in-state tuition amount and the ACM grant will pay the out-of-state surcharge amount. In total, the funding received from both the merit-based scholarship and ACM grant will equate to full tuition for the student.