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Associate of Arts Degree

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UWF automatically awards A.A. degrees to First-Time-in-College (FTIC) bachelor’s degree-seeking students who have completed all requirements for an A.A. degree.

According to 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, workers with an associate degree earn, on average, $124 more per week than a worker with a high school diploma and $62 more per week than a worker with some college credit but no degree.

Automatic Awarding

To qualify for automatic awarding of an associate degree, you must have been admitted as a First-Time-in-College (FTIC) student at UWF and you must meet the requirements outlined in the University Catalog. Students may opt out of being automatically awarded their Associate of Arts Degree.

General FAQ

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

Per Florida Statute 1007.25(13), students currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program can request an Associate of Arts (AA) upon completion of the AA degree requirements. You are encouraged to do a “What-If” in your Degree Audit to view any missing requirements.  Contact your academic advisor or email the Registrar's Office Graduation Team for assistance with reviewing your AA degree eligibility.

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.

Students awarded an A.A. degree may order a copy of their diploma through MyUWF, Diploma Request. There is a fee for this service.


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

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

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 (SAP) Details for information on Maximum Time Limit (MTL).

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

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

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

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

You can opt-out of receiving your Associate of Arts degree by completing the Associate Degree Auto-Award Opt-Out Form.  For instructions regarding accessing this form, please see Opting Out of Associate Degree Auto-Award.

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