Grants and Scholarships are forms of assistance that students do not have to pay back under normal circumstances. These funds can come from any number of Federal, State, and private sources, and are obtained in different ways. Some require the filing of a FAFSA and meeting certain requirements (Pell Grant, SEOG, State Scholarships). Many private scholarships require separate applications for consideration.
Aid Based on Financial Need
Pell Grants are awarded to financially needy undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree (a professional degree would include a degree in a field such as pharmacy or dentistry). For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation for financial aid to which other aid may be added. Assuming the Federal Government approves the budget, the maximum Pell Grant for the 2020-2021 award year is $6,345. The amount of Pell Grant a student receives is determined by:
- the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated using information provided on the FAFSA,
- the cost of attendance, and
- enrollment status (full-time or part-time).
Federal Pell Grants are applied directly to student’s bills with the Student Accounts Office each semester.
For more information about this program, visit Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are awarded undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. UMF gives priority for SEOG funds to on-time financial aid applicants who receive Pell Grants. The maximum SEOG award at UMF is $1500 for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.
For more information about this program, consult this website: studentaid.ed.gov
Need-based University Scholarships are awarded to on-time financial aid applicants who demonstrate financial need, as determined using the information provided on the FAFSA. Award amounts vary depending on financial need.
The Maine State Grant (MSG) Program provides scholarships to Maine residents pursuing education beyond high school. At UMF, the maximum MSG award for a full-time student at UMF is $1,500 per academic year. To apply for a Maine State Grant, a student must mail a completed FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA so that it is received by the Federal processor by May 1. To be eligible for a Maine State Grant, a student must:
- be a Maine resident for at least one year prior to application,
- have graduated from an approved secondary school or received a GED,
- be enrolled in an eligible school for a first undergraduate degree,
- have financial need, as determined by information provided on the FAFSA, and
- must meet general Federal requirements for student financial assistance.
For more specific information regarding Maine State Grants and other educational assistance programs offered by the state, contact the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) at 800-228-3734 (within Maine) or 207-623-3263. Students from other states are advised to contact their state education agency for information about their education assistance programs.
The UMF Financial Aid Office supports students who take advantage of the summer session and the financial benefits it offers: accumulating credits at a faster rate, on-campus housing for certain students (contact the Student Life Office for details) and lower tuition (tuition increases usually take effect in the fall term). Summer financial aid is limited to returning students only. Incoming first-year students and new transfer students are not eligible for summer aid. Financial aid is available to eligible students who submit the required documents.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Complete and submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA so that it is received by the Federal Processor by March 1, 2020. This is not a postmark date! The FAFSA can also be filled out on the internet at www.fafsa.gov.
- The Summer 2021 Financial Aid Application Supplement: You may obtain this form in the Financial Aid Office, or on myCampus at: https://mycampus.umf.maine.edu/ under forms and documents as part of the online course registration guide.
Summer Aid Available
- Federal Pell Grants: Depending on eligibility, students enrolled during the summer may receive a Pell Grant.
- Student Employment: On-campus work opportunities are available on a limited basis to students during the summer sessions. The summer job listing will be available in early May on our Student Employment Page.
- Loans: Depending on eligibility, students enrolled for six or more credits during the summer sessions may receive Federal Direct Loans (for students) and/or Federal PLUS Loans (for parents). Direct Loans and PLUS Loans require separate applications available at the Financial Aid Office. Stafford Loan amounts are usually divided equally between semesters involved.
Maine adults who want to return to college may qualify for as much as $4,000 per year in scholarships for up to four years through the University of Maine System Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund.
The scholarships are for adult students returning to a University of Maine System institution after an absence of three years or more, and who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree. Courses may be taken at any of Maine System campus, including the University of Maine at Farmington.
This fund aims to help Maine people complete their academic studies. Many adults started their university education years ago, but did not complete a degree program for some reason, likely due to family or work obligations.
In addition, a new “Navigator” service has been established to guide students to assist adult students. The university navigators, based in 15 Maine communities, will help adult students achieve their educational goals through activities such as applying to a university, choosing a major, finding financial assistance, and registering for courses.
Applications for Fall 2021 are currently being accepted and will be reviewed after the deadline of August 1st, 2021. The online application may be found here. Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for the scholarship:
- Must be a matriculated student at a University of Maine System institution seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
- Must be a resident of the state of Maine.
- Must be an undergraduate re-entry student who has experienced a gap (3 years or more) in the pursuit of post-secondary education prior to application.
- Must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA and/or statement outlining ability to pay/financial resources available for education.
- Must be registered at least part-time: 6‐8 credits per semester.
- Must have earned at least 30 credits toward their undergraduate degree.
For more information about the program, please visit the adult student website at: https://www.maine.edu/learn/adult-scholarships-and-waivers/
Aid Based on Factors Other Than Financial Need
Academic and UMF Scholarships Awarded by The Scholarship Committee, Departments, or Offices (for returning students only)
Academic and UMF Scholarships are awarded to academically qualified, returning UMF students and are not based on financial need. Academic and UMF Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year will be available in early January through myCampus. You can find the link to the online Academic Scholarship Application in the Tools section. There will be no paper applications available, so all applications must be submitted online. The deadline for completed application forms this year is February 28, 2020. Scholarship recipients selected by the UMF Scholarship Committee will be notified in writing by the end of May, 2020.
Please check here for resources available to International Students.
This program covers tuition and mandatory fees (required fees charged of all students enrolled at the institution and automatically assessed at the time of registration exclusive of travel and accommodation fees related to travel courses; mandatory fees include course and program fees as determined by the campus). Tuition and mandatory fees will be waived for qualified students, both matriculated and non-matriculated, who are enrolled in academic, credit-bearing courses at the undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education level at the campuses of the University of Maine System.
- A student must be a member and be included on the current tribal census of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet, the Aroostook Band of Micmac, or have at least one parent or grandparent who is included on the current tribal census of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet, the Aroostook Band of Micmac. OR:
- A student must be a member and be included on the current tribal census of a Canadian Wabanaki Tribe or have at least one parent or grandparent who is included on the current tribal census, and have lived in Maine for at least twelve months, for purposes other than education, immediately prior to application. OR:
- A student must be a member and be included on a current tribal census of a federally, state or provincially recognized Native American Tribe and who have lived in Maine for at least twelve months, for purposes other than education, immediately prior to application.
- Proof of residency is required for all applicants with the exception of current tribal members and their direct biological descendants (e.g., parent or grandparent was a tribal member) of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet, or the Aroostook Band of Micmac. The residency guidelines are the same as those employed for any student and can be located within the UMS Administrative Practice Letter found at: http://www.maine.edu/pdf/IV-G_002.pdf.
- Matriculating students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supply all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office at the campus they are attending. For the academic year and/or the fall semester, the FAFSA must be filed and the aid application completed by September 1st. For the spring semester, the FAFSA must be filed and the aid application completed by January 1st.
- All students must remain eligible to register for classes and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by federal guidelines. Degree-seeking students will be evaluated based on the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy of the campus where they are matriculating. Students who are not matriculating at any campus of the University of Maine System will be evaluated using the University of Maine Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. The policy can be found at: http://umaine.edu/stuaid/sap/.
Room and Board Grant
The Native American Room and Board Grant Program is a need-based award for qualified Native American students living in a residence hall of the campus where they are matriculating. Students will be subsidized at the double occupancy rate for the student’s residence. Charges for single, double single, or computer or telephone devices, for which there is a separate charge, will be the responsibility of the student tenant. Board charges will be subsidized at the rate associated with the standard meal plan, not to exceed the cost of the maximum meal plan. Room and board charges will be covered only during the traditional academic year (fall and spring terms) and are not covered for breaks between semesters. Exceptions may be granted in cases where a student’s major requires enrollment in an academic session outside the traditional academic year.
- Students must meet all eligibility requirements of the Native American Waiver and Educational Program and be certified as eligible by the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine.
- Students must be matriculating in an undergraduate or graduate degree program within the University of Maine System, enrolled in a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours for undergraduates or nine (9) credit hours for graduate students at USM, or six (6) credits hours for graduate students at UM at the end of add/drop, and living in a residence hall of the campus where they are matriculating. Full-time enrollment for graduate students working on their thesis or dissertation, and/or on a campus other than UM and USM, will be classified as full time in accordance with the policies on their campus of matriculation. Exceptions to the minimum enrolled hour requirement may be granted in cases where educational accommodations are required. Room and board charges will be covered ONLY during the time period when the student is actively enrolled.
- Students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supply all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office at the campus at which they are matriculated. For the academic year and/or the fall semester, the FAFSA must be filed and the aid application completed by September 1st. For the spring semester, the FAFSA must be filed and the aid application completed by January 1st. In order to qualify for the full range of financial aid available to qualified applicants, students are strongly encouraged to file their FAFSA by the priority financial aid filing date specified at their institution.
- Students must meet all of the general eligibility requirements of the Federal Title IV Financial Aid programs, including Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
- Students who maintain a permanent private residence, other than the parent’s home, within commuting distance of the university are NOT eligible for room and board grants.
- Persons employed by the University of Maine System on a half-time or greater basis and who are carried on the University employee payroll are NOT eligible for the room and board grant.
Please contact the Merrill Center at 778-7100 for more information or questions about eligibility.
Private groups and organizations sometimes offer scholarships. Students are encouraged to apply for as many outside scholarships as possible. Students are responsible for reporting, in writing, to the Financial Aid Office any outside scholarships they receive. Receipt of outside aid may have an effect on financial aid already awarded.
There are a number of free scholarship searches, and many of them now use the Internet as their main gateway for sharing information. Please refer to the following websites for further information:
Two local organizations that offer scholarships and scholarship information are The Finance Authority of Maine (1-800-228-3734 (from within Maine) or 207-623-3263 (outside of Maine), and The Maine Community Foundation (1-877-700-6800).
There are many scholarships available to students to help pay for education. Below are some additional scholarship opportunities that are administered either through the Financial Aid Office, or outside entities. Students are encouraged to look for scholarships, and apply for as many as possible to help limit the need for borrowing.
Maine State Society of Washington DC Foundation
These scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, were awarded to full-time students who completed at least one year of undergraduate courses at a four-year degree granting, non-profit institution of higher learning in the State of Maine. Scholarships were funded by generous donations from members of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., and other lovers of the state of Maine and supporters of tomorrow’s leaders. Must be a Maine resident for at least 4 years, and have not reached your 25th birthday. Deadline is March 15, 2021. Application can be found at: https://mainestatesociety.org/application
The Jay Foundation Scholarship
Was established in the University of Maine System in 1992 to assist former strikers, their families and the communities affected by the 1987-88 International Paper strike. The income from the fund shall be used to provide annual scholarship assistance in the amount of at least $500 to needy students enrolled in an Associate or Baccalaureate degree program at any campus of the University of Maine System. It is limited to members in good standing of the Maine AFL-CIO, their spouses, and their dependents as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Please notify the Financial Aid Office if you feel you meet the criteria.
The Bath Iron Works (BIW) Scholarship Fund
Established in 1990 by Bath Iron Works and its employees to provide scholarship aid to needy undergraduate students in good academic standing, enrolled at a campus of the University of Maine System. Preference given to BIW employees and their daughters and sons. Notify the Financial Aid Office of your interest in the scholarship.
Candance Johnson Vinette Scholarship
Candance Johnson Vinette was employed as Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Maine at Farmington until her death in January, 1990. The Candance Johnson Vinette Scholarship Fund was established by UMF with memorial gifts from family and friends. Eligible students must meet the following criteria: a senior in a bachelor’s degree program; has financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office (applicant must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid); has attended UMF for at least one year; is in good academic standing; has not earned a prior bachelor’s degree; provides evidence of leadership and service to others; and is a Maine resident. Contact the Financial Aid Office for an application.
The Citizens Scholarship will award a $2,500 monthly scholarship, as well as an annual $15,000 award. It is available to all Undergraduate and Graduate students enrolled at least half-time in an eligible, accredited, undergrad/grad post-secondary institution. Entries need to be submitted in May and June of 2021. Monthly awards of $2,500 will be made from 7/1/2021 through 6/30/2022, with the Annual Grand Prize of $15,000 awarded in July of 2022. To enter go to: www.citizensbank.com/scholarship
Gorham Savings Bank Scholarship Fund
Established in 2003 for the benefit of the University of Maine System campuses with a gift from Gorham Savings Bank. First preference will be given to children, stepchildren and grandchildren of Gorham Savings Bank’s current employees. The verification burden of the employment relationship will be on the student to provide to the Financial Aid Office. If there are no students meeting the first preference, recipient shall be a graduate of a high school in the Gorham Savings Bank’s service area who demonstrates either a financial need or a high academic standing. Minimum award of at least $500. Application
The CMP Constructors Fund
Established in 2002 for the benefit of the University of Maine System with a gift from CMP Constructors of Freeport, Maine. A first preference shall be given to full-time or seasonal employees (within the last 12 months) or to children, stepchildren and grandchildren of current CMP employees attending any University of Maine System campus studying engineering, technology or business. The student must provide verification of any employment relationship with CMP to the Financial Aid Office. The minimum award for each recipient will be at least $1,000. Application
Veterans Benefits at UMF are approved by the Veterans Administration for the education and training of veterans, servicepersons, and dependents of disabled and deceased veterans. Students who expect to receive benefits should contact the nearest VA regional office for information concerning eligibility, counseling, and benefits. Once admitted, new students should advise the Registrar’s Office they wish to be certified for VA benefits. Twelve semester hours each semester are required for full-time benefits. It is the responsibility of the student and the University to notify the VA of any change in status which affects the student’s benefit amount.
UMF is approved for student benefits through the Maine Rehabilitation Commission. Applicants for Maine Vocational Rehabilitation educational benefits must also apply for and be eligible for financial aid.
If you have questions, please contact us. We look forward to helping you.
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