UMaine Online Merit Scholarship for First Year Students

UMaine is pleased to offer the Online Flagship Award for out-of-state first-year  students enrolling in one of UMaineOnline’s undergraduate degree programs. The Online Flagship Award is for full-time students planning to enroll in 15 credits. Students will be awarded based on the combination of their Academic Credentials, their Residency and enrollment as a degree candidate in one of UMaineOnline’s undergraduate degree programs.

To qualify for an Online Flagship Award first-year students must submit a completed admission application. Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive the Flagship Award, but students are encouraged to file a FAFSA by the Incoming first year student Priority FAFSA filing deadline of March 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.

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 online or resident tuition rate. 


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Matriculated into a UMaine Online eligible major
  • Based on academic performance in high school, including GPA and rigor of coursework. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in order to qualify for admissions-based scholarships.

2021-2022 Scholarship Terms and Conditions


General Scholarship Information


  • Awards are renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided that the student meets renewal criteria.
  • Scholarship amounts are a financial commitment made to students by the University of Maine and may appear on the financial aid award as other University or endowed scholarships.
  • Awards are disbursed in two equal installments, one at the beginning of the fall semester and one at the beginning of the spring semester, as credit toward the student’s tuition account.
  • The award must be used within a period not to exceed five years.
  • Scholarship amount is determined at the time of admission and will remain fixed throughout the student’s undergraduate career, provided the student meets renewal eligibility requirements.
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Renewal Criteria


  • Student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (see Office of Student Financial Aid for more information).
  • Student must maintain at least part-time enrollment (no less than 6 graded credit hours per semester) at their current tuition status leading to an undergraduate degree at UMaine.
  • Students are required to meet a minimum cumulative GPA each academic year in order to maintain eligibility for admissions-based scholarships.  Students will be sent a formal letter with the required GPA that they must meet.

Enrollment Based Adjustments

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%).

Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid’s website for additional information regarding enrollment based adjustments.


Scholarship Reconsideration for First Year Students

First year applicants may provide updated transcripts and/or SAT/ACT scores to be considered for possible scholarship reconsideration until May 1. Incoming students who believe they qualify for reconsideration should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.