Learn more about transfer scholarship opportunities!
Many four-year institutions offer scholarships specifically for students who plan to transfer. These scholarships are awarded based on academic or technical achievements, participation in extracurricular and leadership activities, exhibited talents of the fine arts or athletics or other criteria.
University Transfer Scholarships
The criteria and information for a variety of scholarships offered by four-year institutions are available below. This list is not exhaustive, and students are encouraged to contact universities directly for best opportunities.
M.A.L.E. Initiative Scholarship -- Eligible candidates can receive financial assistance up to $10,000/year for two years to support tuition, books and teacher assessments
- Be a Minority Male.
- Clear Background Check for State Certification.
- Enroll in an Education Major.
- Complete an Essay.
- Agree to Participate in Mentoring and Professional Development Opportunities.
- Minimum 2.75 GPA (Undergraduate)/3.25 GPA (Graduate)
Visit AAMU.edu for more information
*NOTE: More scholarships are available in the A&M portal after admission is complete
Scholarships Application Dates: October 1-February 15 To apply, visit www.alasu.edu/scholarships
- Presidential Academic Scholarship3.76 GPA | 26 ACT or 1240 SAT Full tuition, books, required fees and on-campus room and board for a maximum of eight semesters.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship 3.51 GPA | 22 ACT or 1160 SAT Full tuition, required fees and books for a maximum of eight semesters.
- Academic Incentive Scholarship 3.0 GPA | 20 ACT or 1020 SATFull tuition and $500 for books for a maximum of eight semesters.
- Black & Gold Scholarship2.75 GPA | 18 ACT or 940 SAT $2,000 - $4,000 for tuition, required fees and/or on-campus room and board for a maximum of eight semesters.
Admission page: https://www.alasu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions
Scholarship Page Link: https://www.alasu.edu/admissions/undergrad-admissions/asu-academic-scholarships
Transfer students are considered for two categories of scholarships automatically upon application to Athens State. Because a limited number of these scholarships are awarded, students are encouraged to apply to Athens State as early as possible for best opportunities. Awarding of the scholarships begins on April 1 for Fall admission and on November 1 for Spring admission. These scholarships are available:
- Excellence Scholarships – Up to $1,000/semester -- 3.0 or higher GPA
- Empowerment Scholarships – Up to $2,000/year – Financial need (EFC 1000 or less)
Transfer students may also apply for Foundation and Alumni Scholarships. Click link below for options and criteria.
Application for Admission: www.athens.edu/admissions/
Transfer Scholarships: www.athens.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/
Incoming transfer students accepted for admission must complete the scholarship application through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM) by Feb. 1 to receive consideration for scholarships. Fall admission is August 1 and Spring admission is December 15.
- Application for Admission: www.auburn.edu/admissions/index.php
- AUSOM: www.auburn.edu/scholarship/ausom/index.php
- Transfer Scholarships: www.auburn.edu/scholarship/undergraduate/transfer.php
- Departmental Scholarships: www.auburn.edu/scholarship/undergraduate/departmental.php
For the Fall admission, transfer students must be admitted to AUM by deadlines noted below, have earned 45 semester hours.
- Transfer Opportunity Scholarship – $2,000 – $1,000 per year – 2.0 – 2.74 GPA.
- Golden Anniversary Scholarship - $4,000 - $2,000 per year – 2.75 – 2.99 GPA.
- General Transfer Scholarship - $6,000 - $3,000 per year – 3.0 – 3.49 GPA.
- Premier Transfer Scholarship - $8,000 - $4,000 per year – 3.5 GPA.
Application for Admission: https://www.aum.edu/apply
Transfer Scholarships: https://www.aum.edu/admissions/transfer-scholarships
Birmingham-Southern College offers scholarships to transfer students. All transfer scholarships are merit-based scholarships. Transfer students are considered for scholarships upon application. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. The transfer merit scholarship award range is $3,500 to $7,500 per year and is based on your GPA. Phi Theta Kappa members are eligible for an additional $1,500 per year.
Transfer and Scholarship Information: www.bsc.edu/admission/transfer.html
To be considered for the JSU scholarships listed below students must:
- Be unconditionally admitted to JSU
- Have a minimum of 45 semester hours of transferable credit earned (unless noted below)
- Have a final overall transfer GPA as determined by JSU that meets the requirement listed
Transfer Merit Scholarships
Upon admittance to JSU, students will be considered automatically for the following Transfer Merit Scholarships based on GPA:
- Presidential Transfer Scholarship -- 3.5+ GPA -- $3,000/semester for four semesters (Fall)
- Academic Transfer Scholarship -- 3.0-3.49 GPA -- $1,500/semester for four semesters (Fall)
- STEP Transfer Scholarship – 3.0+ and accepted to STEP RN -- $1,000/semester for three semesters (Fall & Spring)
- Spring Supplemental Transfer Scholarship – 3.5+ GPA, $1,500 -- 3.0-3.49 GPA, $750 -- For one semester. Qualified students may use other awarded merit scholarship beginning with the following Fall semester.
Competitive Merit Scholarships/Other Scholarships
These scholarships require submission of an application via JSU’s Scholarship Manager.
- Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship -- 3.5+ GPA, scholarship application, proof of membership -- $3,250/semester for four semesters (Fall). Deadline July 1.
- Opportunity Transfer Scholarship – 3.0+ GPA, scholarship application -- $500/semester for 4 semesters (Fall – students with fewer than 45 semester hours earned)
- Other scholarships listed in the JSU Scholarship Manager
Prospective transfer students seeking admission to the college must submit transcripts from all previously enrolled institutions. As an open-enrollment institution, Miles College does not require prospective students to submit standardized test scores to gain admissions to the college. Once a prospective student completes their admissions application and submits their transcripts from all previously enrolled institutions, they’re automatically considered for institutional scholarships.
- Dean A Scholarship ($2500 - Sem) - 3.2 to 3.69 GPA
- Bridge Scholarship ($1250.00-Sem) - 2.75 GPA
Application for Admission: https://myexperience.miles.edu
Scholarship Information: https://www.miles.edu/admissions/2/Scholarship
Traditional transfer students are automatically considered for merit scholarships upon earning full-admission to Samford University. These scholarship opportunities include:
- Crosland Scholarship ($15,000 average) – 3.5 transfer GPA or higher
- Marion Scholarship ($11,000 average) – 3.0 transfer GPA or higher
- Sherman Oak Scholarship ($1,000 average) – Must have a family member who graduated from/is currently attending Samford.
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship ($2,500 average) – Must be a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
- STEM Scholars – Must have completed two years of community college in a science or math-related field to complete your bachelor’s degree through Samford University’s STEM Scholars program. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation and designed specifically for academically gifted transfer students who need financial assistance to complete their degrees.
Application for admission – https://www.samford.edu/admission/apply
Scholarships – https://www.samford.edu/admission/scholarships
STEM Scholars – https://www.samford.edu/arts-and-sciences/stem-scholars
Transfer students must be admitted before applying for scholarships. Once accepted, students should create a profile on the scholarship website, then apply for all scholarships. Although no deadline is set, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
- Transfer Merit Scholarship — 3.0 GPA — $4,000 per year Phenix City Campus. Must complete at least 45 transferable credit hours
Online Learner Transfer Scholarship — $4,000 spread over eight terms — At least a 3.0 GPA. Must have completed at least 12 hours and be pursuing an online degree. Alabama residency not required.
Application for Admission: www.troy.edu/applications-admissions/admissions-process-requirements/undergraduate/index.html
The University of Alabama offers automatic and competitive scholarships for qualifying transfer students. Scholarships are awarded based on residency type. Automatic awards are both entry terms described while competitive awards are only awarded one time per year and require a scholarship application. Awards can stack on top of each other provided that it does not exceed the cost of overall tuition.
Students will be considered automatically for the following transfer scholarships provided they have never attended another four-year institution since graduating from high school, have at least 45 transferable hours, have at least a 3.5 GPA on file at UA by the appropriate deadline mentioned above and a complete application for admission.
- Community College Distinguished Scholarship — 3.75 GPA — $5,000 per year for two years
- Community College Achievement Scholarship — 3.5 GPA — $3,000 per year for two years
- Phi Theta Kappa Honors Scholarship — 3.5 GPA — $1,500 per year for two years — Must submit scholarship application and provide proof of membership.
- All-Alabama Academic Scholarship — $1,000 per year plus $300 book grant for two years. Must be named to All-Alabama Academic Team.
Students must complete an application for admission, a transfer scholarship application by March 1 and have 45 hours completed and on file at UA in order to be eligible for competitive scholarships for Fall 2021. Students must not have attended another four-year institution since graduating from high school (unless otherwise indicated).
- Presidential Transfer Scholarship — Full tuition for two years — Students must complete the UA scholarship application and be nominated by the Gadsden State Honors Committee. To be considered, students must submit a GSCC transfer scholarship application form, which is sent to all current students through GSCC email early in the Spring term. The GSCC application form must be received by the deadline stated in the email.
- Financial Aid Community College Honors Scholarship — Full tuition for two years
- Community College Excellence Scholarship — Full tuition for two years
- National Alumni Association Community College Honors Scholarship — $2,000 per year plus $300 book grant per year for two years.
- Roll Tide Transfer Scholarship — $3,000 per year for up to 3 years — Requires only 15 transferable hours and credit can come from any previous institution (two-year or four-year).
Application for Admission: gobama.ua.edu/steps/transfer
Transfer Scholarships: scholarships.ua.edu/transfer
Bama By Distance (online) Scholarships: bamabydistance.ua.edu
Transfer students must be admitted to UAB by the appropriate deadline (March 1, 2022 for Fall/Summer & December 1, 2022 for Spring) and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative, transferable GPA for scholarship consideration.
Automatic Consideration Scholarships
Transfer students are considered automatically for one of the following scholarships upon admission to UAB by the corresponding deadline:
- Phi Theta Kappa – $6,500 per year – 3.5-4.0 GPA – Must also provide proof of Phi Theta Kappa membership (letter from PTK Advisor to UAB preferred)
- Transfer Excellence – $3,000 per year – 3.5-4.0 GPA
- Transfer Pathway Scholarship – $1,000 per year – 3.25-3.49 GPA
All scholarships above are renewable for a total of three years (or six semesters).
- Community College Presidential Scholarship – $10,000 per year for two years (or four semesters). Nominees for the scholarship are selected by the Gadsden State Honors Committee; final selection is made by UAB.
- Students must be admitted to UAB by March 1, 2022 for the Summer/Fall semester, earn a non-technical associate degree by the end of Spring 2022, earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and be an Alabama resident.
- Students must submit a GSCC transfer scholarship application form. This is sent to all current students through GSCC email early in the Spring term. The GSCC application form must be received by the Honors Committee by the deadline stated in the student email.
- Additional scholarship opportunities (from academic departments) are available beginning September 1 through the BSMART portal upon admission to UAB. Offers extended will be applied starting in the Fall semester.
- Application for Admission: https://www.uab.edu/apply
- Transfer Scholarships: https://www.uab.edu/scholarships
- Departmental Scholarships (BSMART): https://www.uab.edu/bsmart
- External Scholarships: https://www.uab.edu/cost-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/external-opportunities
- Online Students: https://www.uab.edu/online
Students who submit an Application for Admission and official transcripts and have earned at least 24 credit hours are automatically eligible for consideration for the following transfer scholarship awards. No separate scholarship application is required.
- Transfer Merit Scholarship -- $1,500/year – 3.0 GPA. Must have 48 hours completed
- Super Scholar Transfer Scholarship -- $3,000/year – 3.5 GPA
If GPA increases once final transcript is received putting student in higher scholarship bracket, UAH will automatically upgrade the scholarship.
Departmental Competitive Scholarships
- Applications are due by December 15.
- Must be admitted to UAH to qualify.
- For GSCC Students ONLY – World of Kathy Chan Scholarship/Christel Ludewig McCanless Scholarship. Apply via the Competitive Scholarship Application
Application for Admission: www.uah.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply-for-admission/transfer
Transfer Scholarship Information: www.uah.edu/admissions/undergraduate/financial-aid/scholarships/transfer
Competitive Departmental Scholarships: www.uah.edu/admissions/undergraduate/financial-aid/scholarships/competitive-scholarships
Transfer students should submit an application for admission along with official transcripts by June 1 for Fall admission, Dec. 1 for Spring admission, or May 15 for Summer admission to receive priority consideration.
Transfer students admitted to the University with 30 transfer hours will be included in the applicant pool for the following scholarships:
- Transfer Academic Recognition Scholarship - $3,000/year – 3.25 GPA
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship - $6,000/year – 3.25 GPA – Must be Phi Theta Kappa member. PTK Scholarship award may be combined with another transfer scholarship.
- Transfer Minority Scholarship - $3,000/year – 3.0 GPA – Minority students only
These scholarships are renewable for up to two years.
To apply for departmental, leadership, community service and financial scholarships, transfer students must be admitted to Montevallo and apply at the link below by March 1. Once you are accepted to Montevallo and receive credentials (username and password), visit this website link to apply for these scholarships: https://montevallo.awardspring.com
Application for Admission: www.montevallo.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/transfer/
Transfer Scholarship Information: www.montevallo.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/scholarships/transfers/
UNA offers two scholarship options specifically for transfer students. Transfer students are considered automatically for these scholarships upon admittance to UNA with 30 or more transferrable credit hours:
- Phi Theta Kappa - $4,500/year – 3.25 GPA – Submit letter of good standing from PTK advisor to firstname.lastname@example.org. 3.75. GPA will be eligible for a housing scholarship; all requirements must be met by June 1 for Fall 2022 semester.
- Community College Scholarship -- $2,500/year – 3.0 GPA
- Opportunity Transfer Scholarship – $1,500/year – 2.0 GPA – 1st time transfer student
Transfer Scholarship application deadlines are Nov. 1 for Spring, March 1 for Priority, June 1 for Fall.
Application for Admission: www.una.edu/admissions/transfer-students.html
Scholarship Information: www.una.edu/financial-aid/transfer-scholarships.html
For Fall admission, transfer students must be admitted to the University of South Alabama by deadlines noted below, have earned at least 48 semester hours and apply through JagSPOT (using their Jag ID and JagMail password received upon admission) to be considered for the following scholarships:
- Community College Transfer Scholarships - $2,000 per year – 3.5 or higher FPA or $1,000 per year – 2.75 – 3.49 GPA.
- Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships - $2500 per year – 3.5 or higher GPA. Must submit letter of recommendation from PTK advisor and complete supplemental application through link in JagSpot.
- All-State Academic Team 1st and 2nd Team Scholarship - $1,000 per year – 3.75 GPA. Must provide documentation of All-State Academic Team membership; may be stacked with PTK Scholarship.
- Jaguar Dream Transfer Scholarship – students with an unmet need and there is no application necessary. Reviews begin after March 1 and balance may be used with other university scholarships.
Priority admission deadline is May 1 for the Fall and Sept. 1 for Spring.
Application for Admission: http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/admissions/applytousa.html
Transfer Scholarships: http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/financialaffairs/scholarships/transferstudents.html
For information about applying for scholarships at Shorter, contact an Admissions staff member: https://www.shorter.edu/admissions/meet-admissions. Shorter offers the following scholarship opportunities for transfer students:
- Transfer Academic Scholarships based on GPA
- $8,000 for 3.5-4.0 GPA
- $6,000 for 3.49-3.0 GPA
- $4,000 for 2.99-2.5 GPA
- $1,200 for 2.45-2.0 GPA
- Shorter Scholars Program – Competitive; 75%-100% of tuition plus room and board. Minimum GPA of 3.3 with 24 credit hours.
- Shorter Excellence – Housing scholarship of $4000. Must live on campus, GPA 3.0 or higher.
There are four tiers to the academic scholarships offered by Talladega College with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA Unweighted. All except the Presidential Scholarship is ACT/SAT test optional:
- Tornado Scholarship - 3.0-3.2 in the amount of $4,273/year.
- Dean Scholarship - 3.25-3.4 for half tuition per year in the amount of $6,923/year.
- Provost Scholarship - for full tuition & fees per year in the amount of $13,846/year.
- Presidential Scholarship* - for full tuition, room, board & fees per year in the amount of $20,701/year.
*Please note that the Presidential Scholarship DOES require an ACT or SAT. The minimum required score of 25-36 for the ACT or a score of 1,200 - 1,600 for the SAT in order to qualify for the scholarship.
There are also scholarships for choir, marching band and athletics.
Apply for scholarships at http://www.talladega.edu/scholarships
The University of West Georgia offers in-state tuition to all Alabama residents, regardless of which county they reside. This affords students an opportunity to go to school out of state and save on tuition, fees, and room & board. westga.edu/visit
To be considered for scholarships, you must be accepted to UWG and complete the scholarship application. To apply for scholarships, click on the scholarship website link below, login using your UWG credentials and submit an application.
Alabama Wolves Scholarship – 2.75 GPA or higher -- $500 to $1,000
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship – 3.5 or higher GPA -- earned Associate Degree -- Current member of Phi Theta Kappa
- Transfer Foundation Scholarship – GPA 3.0 or higher (amount of scholarship varies up to $5,000)
Application for Admission: www.westga.edu/apply.php
Transfer Information: www.westga.edu/admissions/transfer.php
In State Tuition Waiver: westga.edu/alabama
Transfer/Institutional Scholarships: westga.edu/scholarships
Community College Presidential Scholarships
The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham each offer Community College Presidential Scholarships that cover full tuition for two years. Nominees for the scholarships are selected by the Gadsden State Honors Committee. Learn more about each school's Community College Presidential Scholarship below.
The UA Community College Presidential Scholarship, full tuition two years. Nominees for the scholarship are selected by the Gadsden State Honors Committee. To be considered, students must submit a UA scholarship application by March 1 and a GSCC transfer scholarship application form (sent to all current students through GSCC email early in the Spring term). The GSCC application form must be received by the Honors Committee by the deadline stated in the student email.
Application for Admission: https://gobama.ua.edu/apply/
Transfer Scholarships: https://scholarships.ua.edu/transfer/
Continuing Studies (Bama By Distance) Scholarships: https://bamabydistance.ua.edu/tuition-financial-aid-scholarships/scholarships/index.php
UAB's Community College Presidential Scholarship, full tuition and fees for two years. Nominees for the scholarship are selected by the Gadsden State Honors Committee. Students must be admitted to UAB by February 1, earn an AS Degree by end of Spring term, earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and be an Alabama resident. To be considered, students must submit a GSCC transfer scholarship application form (sent to all current students through GSCC email early in the Spring term). The GSCC application form must be received by the Honors Committee by the deadline stated in the student email.
Application for Admission: www.uab.edu/apply
Transfer Scholarships: www.uab.edu/students/paying-for-college/scholarships/transfer
Departmental Scholarships: www.uab.edu/students/paying-for-college/scholarships/school-and-department
TIPS FOR STUDENTS PREPARING TO TRANSFER
Transitioning from Gadsden State Community College to a four‐year university can be seamless with proper planning. Here are some great tips to help prepare you for the process:
- Have a good plan, even if it’s a tentative plan, for what you want to do. Talk to your advisor sooner rather than later. It is wise to do this as soon as you are admitted to Gadsden State.
- Find the college or university that’s the best fit for you. Be sure you consider your academic and career goals when choosing your college or university. Plan to attend Gadsden State Transfer Fairs where you can meet with and learn about a variety of four year colleges and universities. During your second semester at Gadsden State, be sure to schedule campus visits to those schools you are considering.
- Become familiar with your chosen university’s transfer policies and scholarships that are available to Gadsden State transfer students. Full-time students are encouraged to take 15 or more credit hours per semester.
- Make sure your credits transfer to the four‐year institution. Planning will help ensure that your credits transfer. The STARS Articulation guides can be useful if you are planning to transfer to a public college in Alabama.
- Start collecting applications, letters of recommendation and transcripts during the third semester at Gadsden State. Keep track of all deadlines at the school you choose.
- During your third semester, start preparing for financial aid opportunities and scholarships by submitting your transfer application for admission and financial aid application.
- During the fourth semester at Gadsden State, follow up on your transfer and financial aid application requirements. Diligently monitor your email account at your transfer institution to ensure you receive all correspondence. And don’t forget to apply to graduate from Gadsden State!
MAKE SURE GADSDEN STATE CREDITS TRANSFER
If enough courses transfer, you’ll start at the four‐year college as a junior. Typically a student needs 60 credit hours to transfer as a junior. Planning is key to ensure that all of your courses transfer, which saves you time and money. Factors that influence whether credits will transfer include:
- College and/or state transfer policies: Colleges determine which credits they will accept. Some schools are influenced by statewide articulation programs.
- Similarity of the course: Institutions tend to accept credits from programs and courses that are similar to those they offer.
- Appropriateness of the course to the specific major: Institutions tend to prefer courses that match their specific requirements for your anticipated major; however, if you have taken a general course that does not match, it may transfer as a general elective.
- Grade received in the course: Applicants must meet minimum grade requirements for their credits to be considered for transfer.
- Time limits: Policies differ from school‐to‐school but many schools have time limits on transfer credits. If the credits you hope to transfer were earned more than a year ago, be sure to review the credit transfer policies at the four‐year school.