Zips Affordability Scholarship

This brand-new scholarship was created because we know the cost of college can be a barrier for students, and grants and scholarships don’t always cover tuition and fees. This incredible new scholarship will help you start and finish your degree.


The Zips Affordability Scholarship will cover the entire cost of your tuition and the general fee after your federal and state grants and institutional scholarships have been applied.


  1. You must be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.
  2. You must live in the University’s primary six-county service area (Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties). 
  3. You must be a traditional freshman (recently graduated from high school) starting at UA in fall 2021 or later.

Once you receive the scholarship:

To remain eligible, you’ll need to complete the FAFSA every year, maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA) and remain Pell eligible.

You must enroll full-time each semester (not counting summers). This will put you on a path to complete your degree in eight semesters. You can receive the scholarship for all eight consecutive semesters or until the completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.


Investing in a college education is an investment in your future. In fact, college graduates earn an average of $1 million more over their lifetime than those who have completed a high school degree.

How do I apply?

To be considered for the Zips Affordability Scholarship, you must apply for admission to UA and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA:

  1. How to apply to UA. Bonus: There’s no application fee or SAT/ACT requirement. Plus, UA will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year, and we have reduced on-campus housing rates by 30%. We’re serious about making college affordable.
  2. Here’s how to file the FAFSA in seven steps.

Already accepted to UA?

Your next step is to join the New Roo Experience by confirming your enrollment. This will lock in your Zips Affordability Scholarship. Congratulations!


Our financial aid experts are available 24-7 to answer your questions.

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Students at The University of Akron receive more than $260 million in financial assistance annually.