Tuition and Scholarships - Overview

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. If a student meets the eligibility requirements for the partial tuition scholarship, the award is automatically given. No additional scholarship application or paperwork are needed to secure the scholarship.

Tuition Rate

All UA Early College Students pay the University's Distance Learner tuition rate. The Distance Learning tuition rate for the 2019-2020 academic year is $375 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 in the state of Alabama with a 3.0 GPA are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship. Click here for more information regarding the UA Early College In-State scholarship.

Out-of-State Students

Students living outside the state of Alabama with a 3.5 GPA are eligible for a 25% tuition scholarship. Click here 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 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. Click here 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.


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