Scholarships for out-of-state residents

The University of Akron offers to qualified non-Ohio residents scholarship awards that are applied to out-of-state tuition charges. They would be in addition to any other scholarships you may receive.

Two scholarships are offered: The Akron Advantage Gold Award and the Akron Advantage Blue Award.

Akron Advantage Gold Award

The Akron Advantage Gold Award is an annual $9,000 scholarship that can be applied toward only the non-resident surcharge.

Who’s eligible: First-time, full-time non-Ohio resident students at The University of Akron from one of the 49 states outside of Ohio and all United States territories.

ENTERING FRESHMAN STUDENTS: (must meet two of the following criteria)

  • High school GPA minimum of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (based on sixth-semester transcript)
  • Top 10 percent of high school class
  • ACT composite score minimum of 25 or SAT combined score (critical reading and math) minimum of 1130 (critical reading and math)
  • Entering freshman students can receive this award for a maximum eight (8) full-time semesters.

ENTERING TRANSFER STUDENTS: To qualify, you must have earned a minimum of 3.25 GPA with 24 semester hours completed after graduating from high school. Entering transfer students can receive this award for a maximum of six (6) full-time semesters.

Students who meet the Gold Award criteria are ineligible to receive the Blue Award.


Ohio's Pride, UA's marching bandFor dependents of UA alumni

Effective with the Fall 2016 entering freshman and transfer class, a dependent of a UA alumnus/alumna automatically qualifies to receive the Gold Award upon admission, regardless of ACT, SAT, GPA or class rank.

Akron Advantage Blue Award

The Akron Advantage Blue Award is an annual $7,500 scholarship that can be applied toward only the non-resident surcharge. It is effective for the Fall 2016 entering Freshman and Transfer class.

Who’s eligible? First-time, full-time non-Ohio resident students at The University of Akron from one of the 49 states outside of Ohio and all United States territories:

ENTERING FRESHMAN STUDENTS: (must meet one the following criteria)

  • High school GPA minimum of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (based on sixth-semester transcript)
  • ACT composite score minimum of 21 or SAT combined score (critical reading and math) minimum of 980
  • Entering freshman students can receive this award for a maximum of eight (8) full-time semesters

ENTERING TRANSFER STUDENTS: To qualify, you must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.75 with 24 semester hours completed after graduating from high school. Entering transfer students can receive this award for a maximum of six (6) full-time semesters.

Additional information

In addition to the above eligibility criteria for the Blue and Gold Awards, students must meet the following to remain eligible to receive the awards:

  • Out-of-state residency status (as stated above, a student from one of the 49 states outside of Ohio and all U.S. territories)
  • Full-time status (at least 12 credit hours per semester - Fall and Spring)
  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Renewable up to four academic years