2021-2022 Scholarship Terms and Conditions


General Scholarship Information


  • Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive merit-based scholarships at the time of admissions. First-year students are highly encouraged to file a FAFSA by March 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.
  • 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 renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters , provided that the student meets specific renewal criteria
  • Award amounts 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.

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.
  • Maine’s Top Scholar Award and UMaine National Merit Award require students must maintain at least full-time enrollment (no less than 12 graded credit hours per semester) at their current tuition status leading to an undergraduate degree at UMaine.

Enrollment Based Adjustments

UMaine’s financial aid awards are based on the assumption that a student will enroll in 15 credits per semester. Some types of aid may be reduced for students who enroll in fewer than 15 credits. These award adjustments are based on enrollment levels of 15+ credits (100%), 12-14 credits (80%), 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.