UMaine Flagship Match Scholarship Program 2019-2020 for First-Year Students

UMaine is pleased to offer the Flagship Match Scholarship for out-of-state students entering in the Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020. The Flagship Match Program is a scholarship program guaranteeing that incoming, academically qualified students from selected states will pay the same tuition and fee rate as their home state’s flagship institution. All other new students will receive a competitive scholarship that will significantly offset the cost of non-resident tuition and fees at UMaine. Students will be awarded based on the combination of their Academic Credentials and Residency.

To qualify for a Flagship Match Award first-year students must submit a completed application by March 15. No FAFSA is required to receive the Flagship Match Award, but first-year students must file a FAFSA by March 1 in order to be considered for federal need-based aid. Students who qualify for the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) regional student program are not eligible for a Flagship Match Award. Please see our NEBHE Award information for First-Year Students.

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. 

UMaine Flagship Award for First-Year Students1

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Minimum 3.0 High School GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent ) and SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1120+ (or ACT Composite of 22+)

Estimated Award Amounts by State2

  • New Hampshire UNH: $12,471
  • Massachusetts UMass: $15,083
  • Connecticut UConn: $15,240
  • Vermont UVM: $12,694
  • New Jersey Rutgers: $15,269
  • Pennsylvania Penn State: $12,516
  • Illinois Illinois: $14,037
  • Rhode Island URI: $16,832
  • California Berkeley: $16,730
  • All Other States: $13,200

UMaine Leadership Award for First-Year Students1

Eligibility Criteria 

  • High School GPA less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent ) or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math less than 1120 (or ACT Composite of less than 22)

Award Amount

  • $9,000 annually

UMaine National Merit Award1

Eligibility Criteria

  • Semi-Finalist status with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Award Amount

  • 100% of tuition and fees. This award covers tuition up to 15 credits per semester. The fees included in the award amount are: Activity, Communication, Unified and Recreation Center. The award amounts will not include the first year experience fee, course/program fees, or online fees.

Scholarship Upgrade Information

First year applicants who are accepted early in the fall admission cycle may provide updated academic information to be considered for scholarship upgrades until June 1.


1 UMaine’s financial aid awards are based on the assumption that a student will enroll in 15 credits per semester. Aid will be reduced for students who enroll in fewer that 15 credits. Award adjustments are based on enrollment levels of 15+ credits (100%), 12-14 credits (85%), 9-11 credits (70%), and 6-8 credits (50%).

Flagship Award amounts will initially be based on estimated tuition & fee rates. Each year when tuition & fee rates are finalized for UMaine and the other flagship institutions, award amounts will be adjusted to actual.