2021-2022 Transfer Merit Scholarships for Maine Residents

 Transfer students should submit their admission application by June 1. Students submitting applications after those dates will be reviewed for scholarships on a funds available basis.

Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive admissions-based scholarships, but new Transfer students are encouraged to file a FAFSA by June 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Based on academic performance, including GPA and course selection. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative College GPA in order to qualify for admissions-based scholarships.

Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid’s website at umaine.edu/stuaid/scholarships for information on other scholarship opportunities.

In addition, please visit the University of Maine System’s website at ums-scholarship.fluidreview.com for more information on the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship for Maine Residents returning to complete their first bachelor degree.

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. Transfer students are highly encouraged to file a FAFSA by June 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.
  • 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.

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. 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. 

Scholarship Reconsideration Information

Transfer student applicants may provide updated academic information to be considered for possible scholarship reconsideration 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.

Incoming students who believe they qualify for reconsideration should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.