Undergraduate Scholarships

National Merit Scholars

Auburn University recognizes the scholastic achievement associated with being named a National Merit Scholar. This honor exemplifies students’ dedication to academic excellence and their efforts to prepare for the future. National Merit Scholars accepted for admission with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA must complete the scholarship application through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM) to receive consideration for scholarships available specifically to them.

  • Merit Finalists
  • Merit Semifinalists

National Merit Finalists


National Merit Finalists receive a National Merit Presidential Scholarship:

  • Value of resident tuition for four years for Alabama residents, currently $36,288 for four years ($9,072 per year), or $88,000 over four years for non-residents ($22,000 per year)
  • On-campus housing for one year, valued at $7,800*
  • 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 Merit 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 deadline, and complete the scholarship application through AUSOM to receive consideration.

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 how students qualify as National Merit Finalists, please visit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

*Housing application is required. Housing availability and assignments are determined by the Office of University Housing and Residence Life.

**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.

National Merit Semifinalists


Alabama Residents

Alabama National Merit Semifinalists who have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and meet the January 15 application for admission priority deadline receive a four year, renewable Spirit of Auburn Founders Scholarship in the amount of $32,000 over four years at $8,000 per year, replacing a Freshman Scholarship of lesser value if previously awarded. Students must complete the scholarship application through AUSOM to receive consideration. Students may indicate their semifinalist standing within the AUSOM scholarship application.

Non-Residents

Non-resident National Merit Semifinalists who have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and meet the January 15 application for admission priority deadline receive a four year, renewable Academic Heritage Scholarship in the amount of $52,000 over four years at $13,000 per year, replacing a Freshman Scholarship of lesser value if previously awarded. Students must complete the scholarship application through AUSOM to receive consideration. Students may indicate their semifinalist standing within the AUSOM Application.


For more information how students qualify as National Merit Semifinalists, please visit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.