Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to help you take full advantage of financial resources that may reduce the cost of your USM education. If you have questions, please review the FAQs posted here, and if you need further assistance, contact the USM Office of Financial Aid.

1. Can I apply to more than one scholarship from the University?

Yes, you can. Just be sure to review the scholarship information concerning deadlines and applications. Some scholarships may require separate applications. Most USM scholarships applications are available in January for the next academic year.

2. How do I apply to scholarships?

The answer to this question depends your student status and the type of scholarship. For example:

  • Incoming first-year students who apply to USM by April 1st will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.
  • Incoming and transfer students will be automatically considered for other applicable scholarship if they apply to USM by the deadlines indicated for each scholarship.
  • Some scholarships require a completed application.
  • Some scholarships are made by faculty nomination.

It is very important to carefully review the specific details of each scholarship to determine if an application is required.

3. I just received a USM scholarship and would like to send a thank-you note. Where should I send my note?

If that information is not indicated on your scholarship award letter, ask the department from whom you received notice of your scholarship.

4. What are some tips for applying for scholarships?

  • Be sure to read the application thoroughly and completely.
  • Spell check any document before you submit it.
  • If letters of recommendation are requested, it would be best to give people you request recommendations from plenty of time to write good letters for you.

5. What is the difference between scholarships, grants and loans?

These are all valuable forms of financial aid. The difference is that scholarships and grants do not have to be repaid after graduation. Loans must be repaid.