Automatic Associate of Arts Degree Awarding

The University of West Florida will automatically award A.A. degrees to bachelor’s degree-seeking students who have completed all requirements for an Associate of Arts degree.

According to 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, workers with an associate degree earn, on average, $126 more per week than a worker with a high school diploma and $50 more per week than a worker with some college credit but no degree.

To qualify, a UWF student must meet the requirements outlined in the University Catalog. Students may opt out of being automatically awarded their Associate of Arts Degree.


What if I did not receive an A.A. degree automatically?

If you have not automatically received an A.A. degree and believe you are eligible, please send an email to

Will I receive a diploma?

Yes, your Associate of Arts degree diploma will be mailed to your permanent address as it appears in your Contact and privacy Info app in MyUWF. Please check your address for accuracy.


Will I have to reapply for admission if I earn an Associate of Arts degree?

No, you will not have to reapply for admission. You will continue to enroll as you work toward your Bachelor’s degree.

Will I need to re-declare my major?

No, you will remain in your declared Bachelor’s degree program.

Will earning an associate degree impact my financial aid eligibility?

Undergraduates' financial aid eligibility will not be affected by earning the Associate of Arts degree, as long as you are under the 180 credit maximum time limit (MTL).  Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, view your financial aid status, and refer to Satisfactory Academic Progress for information on Maximum Time Limit (MTL).

Will my student loans go into repayment six months after I earn my Associate of Arts degree?

No. As long as you are continuously enrolled at least half-time and working on your Bachelor’s degree, earning your Associate of Arts degree will not change your loan repayment schedule. However, because loan counseling is required upon completion of any degree, you are required to complete exit loan counseling at

Will the Associate of Arts degree appear on my transcript?

Yes, your Associate of Arts degree will be viewable on your transcript, which you can view on your unofficial transcript.

Is the Associate of Arts degree included in the commencement ceremony?

No. The Associate of Arts degrees are not recognized in UWF commencement ceremonies.

Can I repeat a course at a later date if I have earned my Associate of Arts degree?

Yes, courses taken as part of a completed Associate of Arts degree may be repeated under course Repeated Course policy.

Can I earn my A.A. and my bachelor's degree in the same semester?

No. The A.A. degree will not be awarded in the same semester that the baccalaureate degree is awarded or in any semester following the completion of the baccalaureate degree.

What should I do if I do not want an Associate of Arts degree?

You can opt-out of receiving your Associate of Arts degree by completing the Associate Degree Auto-Award Opt-Out Form; Click here for instructions regarding accessing this form.

Whom should I contact if I have any questions?

Please email the Registrar's Office Graduation Team with any questions or concerns.