2023-2024 Transfer Merit Scholarships for Maine Residents

 Transfer students should submit their admission application by June 1. Students submitting applications after those dates will be reviewed for scholarships on a funds available basis.

Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive admissions-based scholarships, but new Transfer students are encouraged to file a FAFSA by June 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Based on academic performance, including GPA and course selection. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative College GPA in order to qualify for admissions-based scholarships.

Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid’s website at umaine.edu/stuaid/scholarships for information on other scholarship opportunities.

In addition, please visit the University of Maine System’s website at ums-scholarship.fluidreview.com for more information on the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship for Maine Residents returning to complete their first bachelor degree.


2023-2024 Scholarship Terms and Conditions

General Scholarship Information


  • Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive merit-based scholarships at the time of admissions. Transfer students are highly encouraged to file a FAFSA by June 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.
  • 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.
  • 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 initial financial aid offers 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, are adjusted for students who enroll in more or less than 15 credits.