UMaine Flagship Match Scholarship Program 2020-2021 for Transfer Students

The Flagship Match Scholarship allows eligible out-of-state transfer students from specified states to attend UMaine at the same cost as their home state’s flagship institution. Qualifying students will receive a substantial scholarship that is applied to UMaine’s out-of-state tuition and fees.  The amount of the scholarship will vary depending on the tuition and fee rates in the student’s home state.

To qualify for a Flagship Match Award transfer students must submit a completed admission application by June 1. Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive the Flagship Match, but students are encouraged to file a FAFSA by March 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.

Students who qualify for the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) regional student program are not eligible for a Flagship Match Award. Please see our NEBHE Award information for First-Year Students.

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. 

UMaine Flagship Match Award for Transfer StudentsAward amounts based on state of residency**

Eligibility Criteria*

Low Credit Transfer Applicants:
Final High School GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent AND SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math of 1120+ or ACT Composite 22+

All other Transfer Applicants:
Cumulative College GPA of at least 3.0

Flagship Match Award Amounts**

New Hampshire (UNH): $12,869

Massachusetts (UMass): $15,359

Connecticut (UConn): $14,522

Vermont (UVM): $12,946

New Jersey (Rutgers): $15,341

Pennsylvania (Penn State): $13,298

Illinois (Illinois): $14,781

Rhode Island (URI): $17,182

Virginia (UVA): $15,894

California (Berkeley): $17,564

Minnesota (Twin Cities): $16,512

Michigan (Ann Arbor): $16,190

All Other States : $13,200

UMaine Leadership Award for Transfer Students$9,000

Eligibility Criteria*

Low Credit Transfer Applicants:
Final High School GPA less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent AND/OR
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math less than 1120 or
ACT Composite less than 22

All other Transfer Applicants:
Cumulative College GPA less than 3.0

*Low-Credit Transfers are transfer students 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 only be considered for the UMaine Leadership Award.

**Flagship Award amounts will initially be based on estimated tuition & fee rates. Each year when tuition & fee rates are finalized for UMaine and the other flagship institutions, award amounts will be adjusted to actual.

2020-2021 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the Flagship Match Scholarship or a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for the Leadership Scholarship as measured each academic year at the end of the spring semester.

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 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.