Scholarships & Financial Aid
One of the first questions that comes up for many people during the college selection process is "How much is this going to cost?" You can always find the latest information about tuition and other enrollment costs at cost.ua.edu.
As you look at options to pay for your education at UA, it's important to understand how to apply for scholarships and how to apply for financial aid. The first thing to know is that scholarships and financial aid are 2 different offices at UA and each of them has a separate process for applying.
Applying for Scholarships
Incoming freshmen must apply for admission before applying for scholarships. About 24-48 hours after you submit your application for admission, you will receive an email with your myBama username and your CWID (Campus Wide ID). The email will include instructions about how to set up your myBama password.
The scholarship application is in myBama, so once you have your username and password, you can go to myBama and log in. From there you will be able to complete the application for scholarships (see detailed instructions on where to find the scholarship application in myBama).
You should apply for scholarships during the fall semester of your senior year of high school. The deadline for priority consideration is December 1. Please do not apply before your senior year of high school as the scholarship application is updated each year.
Types of Scholarships
As long as you submit the admission application, scholarship application and have all required documents turned in by December 1, you will be considered for all UA scholarships including those offered by the National Alumni Association and the academic college/school of your major.
There are merit-based scholarships that are available for in-state and out-of-state students. The minimum criteria for these scholarships are a cumulative 3.5 GPA (through the junior year) and a 27 ACT or 1210 SAT:
Each year, we award premier scholarships to a select number of students. These scholarships require a more intensive process for applying:
We also award a number of scholarships each year that are only open to first-generation college students:
For other scholarship descriptions and scholarship packages relating to National Merit and National Achievement Scholars please see the Types of Scholarships page of our Undergraduate Scholarships website.
APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID
To apply for financial aid, you'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. The UA priority date for completing the FAFSA is March 1 prior to the fall in which you plan to enroll.
While filling out the FAFSA, you will be asked to enter one or more school codes. If UA is one of your top choices, you should include our school code (001051) on the FAFSA. This will indicate that you want The University of Alabama to process an award for you once admitted.
There are many different types of financial aid available, and you can read more about all of these and learn more about how these funds are processed on UA's Student Financial Aid website. The website also includes a Net Price Calculator, which will help you make an early estimate of your total annual cost of attending UA.