UMaine Maine Matters Program 2017-2018

Starting in Fall 2017, the University of Maine is pleased to announce our financial aid program for in-state students called the Maine Matters Program. The program is made up of the Maine Matters Award, Merit Scholarships and the Maine Match. See below for requirements.

Maine Matters Award

Every in-state first-year student admitted to the University is guaranteed $500 in either a Maine Matters Award or other merit aid (including Athletic scholarships) if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must submit their admissions application by February 1.
  • Students who file a FAFSA by March 1 will be evaluated for an increased Maine Matters Award based on financial need.

Merit Scholarship Program

Incoming students are automatically considered for scholarships at the time of admission to UMaine. Typically, merit scholarship awards are included with the letter of acceptance, although some scholarships are awarded after the admission process is complete.

First priority consideration is given to students who apply by the Early Action deadline of December 1, 2016. Students who apply after December 1st will be considered for Merit Awards as funds are available.

Merit scholarships are offered based on an enrollment of 15 credits per semester. Scholarships will be pro-rated to 80% of the full scholarship amount for students enrolled in 12-14 credits per semester. Students enrolled less than full-time (less than 12 credits per semester) are not eligible.

Merit Scholarship Categories*

Award Name Requirements Amount1
UMaine National Merit Award Semi-Finalist status with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation 100% of Tuition and Fees
UMaine Presidential Scholarship Academically at the very top of class (rank, class size, GPA and test scores are considered)
Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1450+ (or ACT Composite of 32+)
$8,000 annually
UMaine Flagship Scholarship Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1340+ (or ACT Composite of 28+)
$6,000 annually
UMaine Dean’s Scholarship Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1270+ (or ACT Composite of 26+)
$4,000 annually
UMaine Black Bear Scholarship Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1120+ (or ACT Composite of 22+)
$2,000 annually

First year student awards are renewable for up to 4 years.

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

Maine’s Top Scholars

The top 20 accepted students from Maine who apply for this scholarship program will receive a full tuition scholarship, that is renewable for 4 years with a maintained 3.3 GPA.


  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • Rank in Class
  • Community Service and Community Engagement

Materials must be submitted by December 1st. Winners will be selected the second week of December.

Additional benefits for Maine Top Scholars:

  • Admission to the Honors College
  • Matched with a faculty mentor
  • $500 per year to support scholarly/research development

The Maine Match

UMaine will begin reviewing competing offers from other New England land grant institutions (UVM, UNH, UConn, UMass, URI) and will match the net cost of attendance*. Offer letters from these institutions only should be sent for consideration to Student Financial Aid, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono, ME 04469, via email to or faxed to 207.581.3261. For questions, please call Student Financial Aid at 207.581.1324.

*Net cost of attendance is the cost of tuition & fees plus room & board, less any scholarships or grants offered directly from the institution. This does not include any federal or state aid that is offered. Awards including athletic aid may be submitted, but will be subject to a separate review process as we cannot guarantee a match of athletic scholarships.