Merit Tuition Scholarships

UAH's merit tuition scholarships recognize incoming first-time freshmen (including international students) who have demonstrated superior academic achievement in high school. All merit tuition scholarships are four-year awards, renewable each year based on full-time student status and satisfactory academic progress.

No separate scholarship application is required. Students who submit an Application for Admission, official transcripts, and standardized test scores are automatically eligible for consideration.

The award amount is based on GPA and the highest composite ACT and/or SAT Critical Reading and Math scores from one sitting submitted through and including the last testing date before the start of the fall semester. If your GPA increases once we receive your final transcript and it puts you in a higher scholarship bracket, we will automatically upgrade your scholarship. The award amount can be determined by applying award percentages shown in the matrix below to resident or non-resident tuition for the academic year of enrollment.

UAH Merit Tuition Scholarship Chart


ACT 25-27 28-29 30-33 34-36
SAT (CR + M) 1130 - 1240 1250 - 1320 1330 - 1480 1490 - 1600
4.0+ 50% 67% 100% 100%
3.50 - 3.99 40% 45% 100% 100%
3.00 - 3.49 35% 35% 45% 50%
Charger Excellence* Charger Distinction Charger Scholar Charger Achievement

*Charger Excellence award covers on-campus housing in addition to tuition

Scholarship values represent available amounts for the academic year 2014-2015 only and are subject to change without notice. Alabama resident status includes residents of Alabama and the following Tennessee counties: Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and Marion.

While award recipients are only required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, merit tuition scholarships cover up to 18 credit hours per semester. UAH encourages recipients to take full advantage of the merit award by taking per semester the number of credit hours needed to graduate in four years, 16 or more. This will allow you to complete your degree in four years, resulting in significant cost savings for the completion of your degree.

Renewal Criteria. Merit tuition scholarships are renewable for up to three additional consecutive years, for a total award of up to eight semesters. Renewal is contingent upon meeting the following requirements:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0;
  • Earn minimum 24 credit hours per academic year;
  • Enroll full-time each consecutive fall and spring term and;
  • Be enrolled at the undergraduate level

Renewal eligibility will be evaluated at the end of each Spring term.

UAH Summer Scholarship Incentive Program

Want to get a jump start on fall? UAH Merit Tuition Scholarship recipients who will be first-time freshmen in the fall have a chance to use a portion of next year's scholarship for summer courses. Since Merit Tuition Scholarships now apply to up to 18 credit per semester, you can use part of your scholarship award during the summer and save the rest for fall. This means you get the full amount of your award without taking all 18 credits in the fall.

Here's how it works: Say you take one 3 credit hour class this summer and pay for it out of pocket. During fall term, you can take just 15 credit hours but still receive 18 hours' worth of scholarship to pay you back for summer. The program also applies to Foundation Presidential and National Merit awards. This is a great way to get a head start on classes and receive the full benefit of your scholarship without overloading your first semester. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.