The new Akron Guarantee Scholarship not only guarantees the yearly renewal of your scholarship so long as you are in good academic standing, but it also offers even greater financial support through automatic yearly upgrades.

Graduate on time with less debt

President Matthew Wilson explains how the new Akron Guarantee Scholarship can help you graduate in four years with less debt!

The new scholarship:

  • guarantees the annual renewal of your scholarship if you maintain good academic standing (a 2.0 GPA),
  • includes automatic scholarship upgrades as you earn 30, 60 and 90 credits, totaling up to $3,500, and
  • provides a larger, total eight-semester scholarship than the traditional option.

The Akron Guarantee Scholarship is our investment in you!



Meet Jessica. She is considering two scholarship offers. One is a traditional scholarship; the other is The Akron Guarantee Scholarship. It’s guaranteed up to four years, and it grows every year, saving her as much as $3,500 over that period.

Let’s say Jessica’s first-year coursework is tougher than expected. Her GPA suffers. How would her scholarship choice play out?

Let's first look at a traditional scholarship offer.

Chart showing traditional offer

As a freshman, Jessica’s grades dropped below the scholarship’s minimum GPA requirement. Her scholarship was not renewed. Now she must pay thousands of dollars more for tuition in years 2-4.

Now let's look at The Akron Guarantee Scholarship.

Chart showing the Akron Guarantee Scholarship, which increases in value every year

Jessica’s scholarship is guaranteed as long as she maintains a 2.0 at UA, and it increases every year for four years, rewarding her for her success. She has a better chance of graduating in four years with less debt.


In this report from WKYC-TV (Channel 3, Cleveland), scholarship recipient Michael Connelly says the Akron Guarantee Scholarship gives him flexibility, certainty and peace of mind, so that he can focus on his studies.

Michael will have the certainty that his scholarship increases in value over time, so he can graduate on time and with less debt.


Akron Guarantee Scholarship logoHave you decided? If you already have a scholarship offer from us, you will receive a new packet in the mail with instructions about how to accept The Akron Guarantee Scholarship.

If you do not select an option by July 1, your scholarship award will remain as the original, traditional UA scholarship award.


Scholarship programs vary year by year. This scholarship program is offered only to new freshmen entering the University in the fall term of 2017. We will evaluate The Akron Guarantee Scholarship as we prepare our scholarship programs for subsequent terms. See the conditions and requirements for the Akron Guarantee Scholarship.


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