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UA Early College to Offer First Course for Free

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Students admitted into UA Early College can now take the UAEC 200 course for free.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — High school students admitted to The University of Alabama Early College will be able to take their first college course for free beginning in the fall of 2022. 

“We are excited to provide more opportunities for high school students to earn college credit through The University of Alabama,” said Dr. Victoria Whitfield Lewis, interim assistant dean of the College of Continuing Studies and director of UA Early College.  

After Aug. 1, all high school students who apply to and are admitted into UA Early College will no longer pay to take their first class, UAEC 200, saving the student more than $700. UAEC 200 is a five-week readiness course that ensures students are prepared for the rigors of college-level studies. Upon completion, students earn two credit hours from UA. 

“By offering UAEC 200 tuition-free, we can expand the scope and reach of UA Early College while providing access to valuable college readiness skills,” Lewis said. 

UA Early College is open to current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a cumulative 3.0 or higher grade point average since the ninth grade. To learn more and to apply visit the UA Early College website.  


Shane Dorrill, UA Strategic Communications, shane.dorrill@ua.edu


Katie Neidhart, assistant director UA Early College, katie.neidhart@ua.edu