The Pine Tree State Pledge







Pine Tree State Pledge

Tuition Guarantee for Qualified Maine Students

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The University of Maine at Augusta is committed to providing affordable access to a university education, and help students manage the growing costs of a college education. Beginning with spring semester 2018, new in-state full-time and part-time transfer students who have earned at least 30 transferable credits, and are new to the University of Maine System will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and mandatory fees. In academic year 2018-19, The Pine Tree State Pledge will also be available to qualified and eligible entering full-time first-year students.

Who is eligible to participate in the Pine Tree State Pledge?

  • New in-state full-time and part-time transfer students who have earned at least 30 transferable credits, and are not currently enrolled at a University of Maine System institution.
  • New in-state, first-time full-time students.
  • Must meet in-state residency requirements and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to receive Federal financial aid.
  • Must be deemed eligible to receive Federal Pell grants as part of the financial aid package for the academic year.
  • Must have met all entrance requirements and be regularly admitted to an associates degree or bachelor’s degree program.
  • Must maintain minimum credit hour enrollment to remain qualified:
    • First-Year Students – 30 credits per academic year for a total of four years in a row, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of each academic year.
    • Transfer Students Full-Time – 30 credits per academic year for a total of three years in a row, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of each academic year.
    • Transfer Students Part-Time – 15 credits per academic year for a total of six years in a row, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of each academic year.

How can I learn more about the Pine Tree State Pledge?

Contact UMA Admissions at 1-877-862-1234.

How much will I receive in tuition assistance?

The actual dollar amount will be determined after the application of all other grant aid received, including Pell Grant, Maine State Grant, University Grants and Scholarships, and any outside scholarships received that are dedicated to tuition costs. The amount can vary each of the four years, based on annual changes in the FAFSA eligibility criteria and availability of other grant aid assistance.

Will I need to borrow loans to attend UMA?

Students may use other grant funds and/or student loans to cover non-tuition expenses including textbooks/supplies, commuting, housing, and meals.

How do I apply?

  • Complete the UMA Application for Admission
  • Submit the Free  Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • FAFSA must be submitted annually to determine continued eligibility in the Pine Tree State Pledge program.

*Funding for this program is limited, but award distribution will continue so long as it is available.