UA Early College allows high school students to earn college credit while still living at home. This, along with our scholarships, is a great way to save money.

We are excited to announce that beginning August 1, 2022, our UAEC 200 College Readiness Course (required to be completed by all students prior to enrolling in full UA courses) is being offered free of charge!

Free college ready courseAfter completion of the UAEC 200 course, we have scholarships available for students to help cover the costs of additional UA courses taken while enrolled in UA Early College. We’ve included information below regarding the various scholarships offered and the discount provided with each scholarship.

Tuition Rate

All UA Early College Students pay the University’s Distance Learner tuition rate. The Distance Learner tuition rate for the 2022-2023 academic year is $385 per credit hour.

What Is a “Credit Hour”?

Basically, a credit hour is a unit of educational credit. A course is measured by the average hours of instruction a student can expect to receive each week of the semester. Most college courses are 3 credit hours long, but courses requiring additional instruction (like courses with labs, foreign languages, or writing courses) can be 4 credit hours long.

Students in the State of Alabama

Students attending high school in the state of Alabama with a 3.0 GPA are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship. Select the link for more information regarding the UA Early College In-State scholarship.

Out-of-State Students

Students attending high school outside the state of Alabama with a 3.5 GPA are eligible for a 25% tuition scholarship. Select the link for more information regarding the UA Early College Out-of-State scholarship.

Dependents of Active Duty Military Members

Students that are dependents of active duty military members with a 3.0 GPA are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship (regardless of the student’s location). If a student is from outside the state of Alabama, he/she will receive the higher value scholarship (50% scholarship), not in addition to the out-of-state amount. Dependents of active duty military members in the state of Alabama will receive the 50% scholarship once and not a combination of the in-state scholarship and military scholarship.Select the link for more information regarding the UA Early College Active Duty Military Dependents scholarship.

Dependents of UA Faculty and Staff

University of Alabama faculty/staff and their dependents are eligible for additional tuition benefits through the Educational Benefit. The Educational Benefit Form must be completed by the appropriate deadline outlined by Human Resources for the benefit to apply for the upcoming semester. Contact the Human Resources Service Center to learn more about how you can combine the UA Early College partial tuition scholarship with your faculty/staff dependent educational benefit.

Human Resources Service Center Contact Information

Phone number: 205-348-7732
Fax: 205-348-8755

Elevate Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program

UA Early College is proud to be a dual enrollment partner for Elevate Tuscaloosa.  To learn more,
visit the Tuscaloosa City Schools website.

Additional Information

Costs may not represent final determination of account balance. Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Tuition is approved by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

To maintain the automatic UA Early College scholarship, UA Early College students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in their UA classes.

Dependents of National Alumni Association Members are also eligible for a $25 University Supply Store book scholarship (when enrolled in class).

Questions? Email: or call 205-348-7083