National Merit Finalists
National Merit Finalists receive a National Scholars Presidential Scholarship:
- Tuition for four years for Alabama residents, currently valued at $35,232 ($8,808 per year), or $80,000 over four years for non-residents ($20,000 per year)
- $1,000 technology stipend in the first fall semester
- On-campus housing stipend for one year, valued at $7,500*
- $2,500 enrichment experience stipend available for one semester after the second year of study at Auburn for study abroad or undergraduate research
- University stipend for four years at $4,000 to $8,000 ($1,000 to $2,000 per year), depending on eligibility as determined by National Merit Scholarship Corporation and financial need as determined through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)**.
A National Scholars Presidential Scholarship replaces a Spirit of Auburn Scholarship or an Academic Scholarship, if previously awarded. National Merit Finalists must have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA, meet the January 15 application for admission priority deadline, and complete the scholarship application through AUSOM to receive consideration. Students may indicate their finalist standing within the AUSOM scholarship application.
National Merit Finalists should contact National Merit Scholarship Corporation to name Auburn University as their first choice institution by May 1. National Merit Finalists who wish to change a previously named first choice to Auburn must do so by an earlier deadline in April, as determined each year by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
For more information on how students qualify as National Merit Finalists, please visit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
On September 17, 2015, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced it will no longer fund the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Instead, NMSC has partnered with UNCF to establish a new college scholarship program, the Achievement Capstone Program. This announcement was made after Auburn's publications were printed. Regretfully, we are unable to continue to award the National Scholars Presidential Scholarship to incoming freshmen as National Achievement Finalists, as this award was contingent on the National Achievement designation. To see the press release from NMSC, click here.
Students who may have previously qualified as National Achievement Finalists and meet the February 10 scholarship application deadline through AUSOM may receive consideration for a Freshman Scholarship based on their standardized test scores and high school GPA.
*Housing application is required. Housing availability and assignments are determined by the Department of University Housing.
**The FAFSA is the only form a student is required to complete to be considered for student assistance from any of the Title IV, HEA programs except for information needed to ensure the student’s eligibility for such assistance (e.g., information needed to complete verification or to demonstrate compliance with the student eligibility provisions of the HEA and the regulations). Additional information, if requested, will be listed on the student’s Tiger i Financial Aid Requirements page after the student’s FAFSA results are received. For additional information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.