Been to college before? 

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Returning Student Scholarships

One of the many challenges adults face as they return to college is financing their education. The University of Maine System now has an Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund to help Maine people complete their academic studies—which may have begun years ago, but were not completed for some reason.

These scholarships, which can be as much as $4,000 per year, are for adult students returning to our System after an absence of three years or more, and who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree.

This scholarship will be a continuing scholarship that recipients—including working adults—will be able to receive for up to four years.

There are three opportunities for students to apply: May 8, August 1 and December 1.

Download a scholarship application here.

At UMA, you can easily cash in your credits from other colleges and graduate quicker.

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Your credit is good here.

At UMA, we will honor all  your prior credits from courses you took at other colleges, as long as you earned a “C” or higher in the class and the school you attended was regionally accredited.

Plus, UMA also awards credits for military service, as well as for skills and work experience you have that may be equivalent to college-level courses.

You choose when and where to take your courses.

UMA has campuses in Augusta and Bangor and at eight centers around the state. Plus, most of our programs offer online options as well.

While you can use your prior credits towards any of UMA’s outstanding degree programs, you might want to especially check out our Liberal Studies and Applied Science programs. Both these programs are designed to help people finish their degree as quickly and as inexpensively as possible.

And you’ll pay less.

With a low public tuition rate for Maine residents, great financial aid packages for both full-time and part-time students, and new scholarships for adults returning to college, you’ll pay much less to finish your degree than at other schools.

UMA is the most affordable university around, and your degree will pay off in your future with better jobs and higher pay.

At UMA, you will pay less and graduate faster.