UMaine NEBHE Regional Student Program 2019-2020 for Transfer 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, Transfer students must be accepted into an eligible major and submit their admissions application by June 1st.
  • No FAFSA is required to receive the NEBHE Award, but first-year students must file a FAFSA by the Transfer FAFSA on-time filing date of June 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 NEBHE Flagship Award for Transfer Students1

Eligibility Criteria

  • Low Credit Transfer Applicants2
    • Final high school 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 of 22+)
  • All other Transfer Applicants
    • Cumulative College GPA of at least 3.0

Award Amount

  • $5,000 annually

UMaine NEBHE Leadership Award for Transfer Students1

Eligibility Criteria

  • Low Credit Transfer Applicants2
    • Final 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)
  • All other Transfer Applicants
    • Cumulative College GPA below 3.0

Award Amount

  • $3,700 annually

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. Low-Credit Transfers with fewer than 30 credits at the time of admission may request scholarship re-consideration if the total number of college-level credits earned has increased to 30 or more college level credits. Requests for transfer scholarship reconsideration and upgrades will be considered until June 1 for fall applicants and until January 1 for spring applicants.


1 UMaine’s financial aid awards are based on the assumption than 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%).

2 Low-Credit Transfers are transfers applying within one year of high school graduation or who have earned fewer than 30 college level credits after graduating from high school. Low-Credit Transfers who do not submit SAT or ACT test results will be considered for the UMaine Leadership Award.