UMaine NEBHE Regional Student Program 2019-2020 for First-Year Students

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 has been approved 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.

NEBHE Award Program Guidelines

  • To qualify for a NEBHE Award, first-year students must be accepted into an eligible major and submit their admissions application by March 1st.
  • No FAFSA is required to receive the NEBHE Award, but first-year students must file a FAFSA by the first-year FAFSA on-time filing date of 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.
  • This award is in addition to the tuition break that students receive as part of the RSP.

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 1120+ (or ACT Composite 22+)

Award Amount

  • $5,000 annually

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

  • $3,700 annually

UMaine National Merit Award1

Eligibiltiy 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%).