UMaine Flagship Match Program 2018-2019

UMaine is pleased to offer the Flagship Match Program for out-of-state students entering in Fall 2018. The Flagship Match Program is a competitive scholarship program that guarantees academically qualified, first-year students from several states will pay the same tuition and fee rate as their home state’s flagship institution. All other students entering Fall 2018 will receive a significant and competitive grant that will offset the cost of non-resident tuition and fees at UMaine.

UMaine Flagship Match Award Guidelines

  • Students will be awarded based on the combination of their Academic Tier and Residency. 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 resident tuition rate.
  • To qualify for a Flagship Match Award students must submit a completed application by February 1.
  • No FAFSA is required to receive the Flagship Match Award, but 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 the Flagship Match Award. Please see our NEBHE Award information.

Academic Tier Criteria

Academic Tier Academic Criteria
Tier 1 Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1120+
(or ACT Composite of 22+)
Tier 2 GPA less than 3.0 on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math less than 1120
(ACT Composite less than 22)

Residency Criteria and Flagship Match Award Amounts1

National Merit Semi-Finalists Award – 100% tuition and fees.2

Residency In-State Flagship Tier 1 Award3 Tier 2 Award
New Hampshire UNH $12,215 $9,000
Massachusetts UMass $14,871 $9,000
Connecticut UConn $15,442 $9,000
Vermont UVM $12,542 $9,000
New Jersey Rutgers $14,941 $9,000
Pennsylvania Penn State $11,846 $9,000
Illinois  Illinois $13,363 $9,000
Rhode Island  URI $16,490 $9,000
California  Berkeley $16,112 $9,000
All Other States $13,200 $9,000

All Award Amounts are per academic year based on 15 credit hours a semester. The Flagship Match Award will be pro-rated based on enrollment if students enroll in less than 15 credits. The Flagship Match Award for first-year students is renewable for up to four years provided renewal criteria are met each semester.

2 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.

3Tier 1 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.


*Merit Upgrades: Students who are accepted early in the admissions cycle are allowed to provide updated academic information for scholarship increase consideration until March 1. After March 1 all merit scholarship offers already made will become final and all merit decisions after March 1 will be made at the time of admission with information on hand and will also be final. Academic information provided after March 1 or achieved after March 1 will not be considered for merit scholarship increases.