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 for fall and spring semesters, 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 scores from one sitting submitted by July 1 of your entering year. 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. Please note that your final transcript and test scores must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than July 1 of your entering year for scholarship consideration. 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 34-35 36
1200-1300 1310-1380 1390-1510 1520-1590 1600
4.0+ 50% 67% 100% 100% 100% *
3.50 - 3.99 40% 45% 100% 100% 100%
3.00 - 3.49 35% 35% 45% 50% 50%
Charger Excellence* Charger Distinction Charger Scholar Charger Achievement

*Charger Excellence award covers two years of university housing in addition to tuition

This chart represents Freshman Merit Tuition Scholarship opportunities for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please note that scholarship offerings are reviewed each academic year and are subject to change.

This chart above represents UAH Merit Tuition scholarships as a percentage of tuition.  Tuition is defined as the cost per credit hour of enrollment and does not include academic fees. Combined scholarship offers cannot exceed Cost of Attendance and usually do not exceed tuition unless otherwise specified such as on-campus housing.

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 the number of credit hours needed to graduate in four years, 16 or more per semester. 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 a minimum of 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 term.