bright-yellow-square-color-swatch University of Alabama In-State Rules

In-state residency regulations vary by university; so do the costs and benefits of earning in-state status.  Below, you will find an overview of the major in-state requirements for University of Alabama, an exact accounting of what’s at stake, as well as a consideration of in-state residency’s influence on financial aid including popular University of Alabama grants and scholarships.

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University of Alabama Tuition Overview:

$24,950  out-of-state tuition

$9,826 in-state tuition

$15,124 tuition savings/year


University of Alabama Total Cost of Attendance:

$40,306 out-of-state residents

$25,182 in-state residents

$15,124 savings/year


University of Alabama In-State Requirements:

Similar to Auburn University, there’s a big thing at University of Alabama…you need to be 19-years-old before you begin your domicile period.  Well, that’s technically true; however, for a limited time and on a case-by-case basis completely tied to the whimsy of the powers who be…you can get away with turning 19 during your domicile period.  I’m not sure this is something you want to bank on, but perhaps it’s worth a shot so long as you know the temporary nature of this current precedent.

There are lots of details and granular things to consider when it comes to getting in-state residency here but let’s take a step back and focus on the big forest-level common stumbling blocks.

There is some wiggle room here, but typically speaking for most people, it’s best to attempt in-state for a person’s junior year.  Again, it’s not impossible to get by sophomore year.  Ultimately a good candidate for in-state status is somebody who:

  • Needs to plant flag in Alabama and no other state including limited absences from Alabama (especially limited during academic breaks)
  • Is willing to ideally skip living in the dorms (this is not a problem for 2nd-year students)
  • Is willing to work a lot in Alabama (more than half-time and less than full-time)
  • Financially support self about half-way during domicile year
  • Because of the work requirement, part-time school is more practical and full-time school should be avoided
  • You may also consider a gap-year which has lots of benefits…check out Top 6 Gap-Year Pros and Cons for Out-of-State College Hopefuls

If you’re open to considering this stuff, then you’ll want to arm yourself with some more details or perhaps talk it through.  Everybody’s situation is unique and there’s a lot that should go into making a decision whether to pursue in-state or not.  You certainly don’t want to waste your time thinking you’re on track when you’re not.  You also don’t want to rule it out before knowing definitively.  Here are some options you may want to consider as a next step if you’re generally on board or open to the bullet points above.


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University of Alabama Out-of-State Tuition vs. In-State Tuition:

An annual tuition difference of $15,124 is substantial, nearly two years of in-state tuition!


University of Alabama Financial Aid:

A couple things you need to know about financial aid as it relates to earning in-state residency at University of Alabama:

1) Any financial aid including grants and scholarships that requires your being a tax dependent of somebody OR requires you to be an out-of-state resident will in general disqualify you from establishing residency.  This means that by accepting such awards, you will be getting no closer to in-state tuition.  There are some exceptions to this whereby certain awards you can accept during your domicile period but will automatically surrender upon earning in-state status.

2) Your financial aid is re-assessed after earning in-state status and your Expected Family Contribution will be taken into consideration in light of the vastly reduced tuition you will owe.

See article: Do Your FAFSA…You Will Thank Us Later


University of Alabama Grants:

Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP)

Residents that demonstrate high financial need may be able to get an ASAP grant of approximately $700/year.


University of Alabama Scholarships:

Freshman Academic Scholarships (residents and nonresidents)

Incoming freshmen with a minimum 3.5 GPA and minimum 27 ACT or 1210 SAT are selected as a Capstone Scholar, Collegiate Scholar, Foundation in Excellence Scholar, UA Scholar or Presidential Scholar.  Each Scholar will receive an award ranging from $3,500/year (Capstone, 27 ACT/1210-1240 SAT) all the way up full tuition (Presidential, 32-36 ACT/1400-1600 SAT).

First Generation College Students (residents)

There are two programs for first generation college students, each awarding $5,000/year for four years and requiring a separate application (criteria include minimum 3.0+ high school GPA, Alabama residency, and demonstrated financial need).  Each program provides personalized support to the student, including full-time program coordinators and peer mentors, as well as group activities, programs and service projects.

First Scholar Program

For this award, first generation college students are defined as “students whose parents have no more than two years of education beyond high school, and no post-secondary degree.”  Students are required to live in First Scholar dorm their freshman year.  Click here for more information.

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Foundation defines a first generation college student as “a student whose parents and siblings have no education beyond high school (have never attended nor hold a degree from any college).” Recipients are required to attend a week-long service learning program the week before classes start.   Click here for more information.

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$24,950 out-of-state tuition/year

$9,826 in-state tuition/year

$15,124 potential savings/year

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