UMaineOnline Merit Scholarship for First Year Students

UMaine is pleased to offer the Online Flagship Award for first-year students enrolling in one of UMaineOnline’s undergraduate degree programs. The Online Flagship Award is for full-time students planning to enroll in 15 credits. Students will be awarded based on the combination of their academic credentials, and enrollment as a degree candidate in one of UMaineOnline’s undergraduate degree programs.

To qualify for an Online Flagship Award first-year students must submit a completed admission application. Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive the Online Flagship Award, but students are encouraged to file a FAFSA by the incoming first year student Priority FAFSA filing deadline of March 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.

Please note: Any change to a student’s tuition status will result in adjustment of financial aid, including scholarships. This includes any waiver program or reciprocity agreement that results in non-resident students being charged the online or resident tuition rate. 


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Matriculated into a UMaineOnline eligible major
  • Based on academic performance in high school, including GPA and rigor of coursework. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in order to qualify for admissions-based scholarships.

2022-2023 Scholarship Terms and Conditions

General Scholarship Information


  • Awards are renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided that the student meets renewal criteria.
  • Scholarship amounts are a financial commitment made to students by the University of Maine. Some or all of the commitment funds may be replaced on the financial aid award by other University or endowed scholarships.
  • Awards are disbursed in two equal installments, one at the beginning of the fall semester and one at the beginning of the spring semester, as credit toward the student’s tuition account.
  • The award must be used within a period not to exceed five years.
  • Scholarship amount is determined at the time of admission and will remain fixed throughout the student’s undergraduate career, provided the student meets renewal eligibility requirements.

Renewal Criteria


  • Student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (see Office of Student Financial Aid for more information).
  • Student must maintain at least part-time enrollment (no fewer than 6 graded credit hours per semester) at their current tuition status leading to an undergraduate degree at UMaine.
  • Students are required to meet a minimum cumulative GPA each academic year in order to maintain eligibility for admissions-based scholarships.  Students will be sent a formal letter with the required GPA that they must meet.

Enrollment Based Adjustments

UMaine’s financial aid awards are based on the assumption that a student will enroll in 15 credits per semester. Some types of aid, including merit scholarships and institutional grants, may be reduced for students who enroll in fewer than 15 credits.