Scholarship information for 2021-2022 will be posted soon.

UMaine's Flagship Scholarship Program 2020-2021 for In-state Transfer Students

As the Flagship University for the state of Maine, we support Maine students by offering every in-state transfer student admitted to the University at least a $1000 scholarship* in either a Black Bear Scholarship, one of the other awards listed below (if the student meets the specific award criteria), or athletic scholarships. 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 the Flagship Match, 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.


UMaine Presidential for Transfer Students*$8,000 annually

Eligibility Criteria**


Low Credit Transfer Applicants:
Academically at the very top of class (rank, class size, GPA and test scores are considered)
OR
Final High School GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent AND SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math of 1450+ or ACT Composite 32+

All other Transfer Applicants:
Cumulative College GPA of at least 3.90


UMaine Katahdin for Transfer Students*$6,000 annually

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 1340+ or ACT Composite 28+

All other Transfer Applicants:
Cumulative College GPA of at least 3.70


UMaine Dirigo for Transfer Students*$4,000 annually

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 1270+ or ACT Composite 26+

All other Transfer Applicants:
Cumulative College GPA of at least 3.40


UMaine Heritage for Transfer Students*$2,000 annually

Eligibility Criteria**

Low Credit Transfer Applicants:
Final High School GPA of 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


UMaine Black Bear for Transfer Students*$1,000 annually

Eligibility Criteria**

Every in-state transfer student admitted to the University, who has not already earned a bachelor’s degree, is guaranteed at least a $1,000 scholarship in a Black Bear Award, or one of the other Flagship Awards for Maine Residents (if specific award criteria are met) or an athletic scholarship, provided they meet the Transfer Admission Application Priority Date of June 1.

*Scholarships are a financial commitment made to you by the University of Maine and may be evenly exchanged for other University or endowed scholarships.

**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 Black Bear Award.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

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.


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 following Transfer Scholarships: UMaine Presidential, UMaine Katahdin, UMaine Dirigo, and UMaine Heritage OR a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for the UMaine Black Bear 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. 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 (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.