UMaine Awards for students in the NEBHE RSP 2018-2019

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has established the Regional Student Program (RSP) under which qualified residents of the region may receive reduced tuition rates when attending college in another New England state. The major chosen must be one that is not available in the student’s home state (as approved by the public institution in the home state) and is available for the tuition reduction by the institution the student plans to attend. For a current listing of qualifying majors by state, please visit the NEBHE factsheet.

UMaine is pleased to offer a new competitive scholarship program for Fall 2018 to students who qualify for the NEBHE RSP. This award is in addition to the tuition break that students receive as part of the RSP.

NEBHE Award Program Guidelines

  • Students will be awarded based on Academic Tier.
  • To qualify for a NEBHE Award, students must be accepted into an eligible major and submit their admissions application by February 1st.
  • No FAFSA is required to receive the NEBHE Award, but students must file a FAFSA by March 1st in order to be considered for federal need-based aid.
  • 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.

Academic Tier Criteria and NEBHE Award Amounts

Academic Tier Academic Criteria Amount
National Merit
Semi-finalist status with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation 100% of Tuition and Fees
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)

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

*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.