USM Scholarships

Adult Degree Completion Scholarship


One of the many challenges adults face as they return to college is financing their education. The University of Maine System (UMS) has a new Adult Degree Completion Scholarship fund helping Maine residents complete their academic studies—which may have begun years ago, but were not completed for some reason.

These funds are dedicated to support adult students returning to college after an absence of at least three (3) years or more and who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree.  Applicants may qualify for up to $4,000 per academic year for up to 8 consecutive semesters.


Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • Must be a resident of the State of Maine
  • Must be admitted to a degree program (matriculated) at a UMS institution seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
  • Must be an undergraduate reentry student who has experienced a gap of (three years or more) in the pursuit of postsecondary education. 
  • Must have a minimum of 30 credits earned from any institution toward your degree
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must be registered at least part time (6-8 credits) each semester during the academic year.  

Award Amount

up to $4,000 per academic year


August 1st for Fall, November 15th for Spring

How to Apply

Students can apply by using the online application process found on the scholarship website.

How to Renew

Students must complete a renewal application annually.


Disclaimer: Be sure to read the criteria for individual scholarships carefully. Most scholarships have enrollment and GPA requirements. Award amounts may vary each year and are subject to fund availability. As an NCAA Division III school, USM is prohibited from awarding scholarships based on athletic participation.

Important financial aid deadline

Complete your FAFSA now

New and continuing students: File your FAFSA for the 2018–2019 school year by January 15, 2018.

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Maine residents: Apply for free

Maine residents Apply to USM for free

Maine residents can apply to USM for free for both undergraduate and graduate admission. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions at 207-780-5670.

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Scholarship for NH and VT residents

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Every academically qualified student from New Hampshire and Vermont can attend USM for less than the cost of in-state tuition in their home states. Application deadline is April 1.

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