Maine adults who “stopped out” of college but want to return may now qualify for as much as $4,000 per year in scholarships for up to four years. The University of Maine System Adult Degree Completion Scholarship aims to help Maine people complete Bachelor’s degrees. The scholarship is available through the University of Maine at Augusta’s Rockland Center.
This scholarship supports adults who have at least 30 college credits, but have not completed a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree, and who have been out of school for at least 3 years. It is awarded twice a year, before the beginning of the fall semester (August 1st deadline), and again before the beginning of the spring semester (December 1st deadline). Students will need to enroll in a Bachelor’s degree program at the University of Maine Augusta and register for classes to receive the scholarship.
To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:
- Be a resident of the state of Maine.
- Be a student accepted at UMA seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
- Complete an online application.
- Be an undergraduate re-entry student who has experienced a gap (three years or more) in the pursuit of their college degree.
- Have previously earned a minimum of 30 credits from any accredited college.
- Demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA.
- Register for at least 6‐8 credits per semester.
UMA is the third largest public university in Maine. In addition to its main campus in Augusta, UMA also serves students at its campus in Bangor and through UMA Centers around the state. Centers are located in Brunswick, East Millinocket, Ellsworth, Houlton, South Paris, Rockland, Rumford, and Saco. With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the “university of choice” for Mainers of all ages who want to attend college without uprooting their lives. UMA offers 20 different baccalaureate programs that include numerous opportunities for specialized concentration within a major. They also offer select associate degrees in 11 different programs, as well as 42 minors. Students access UMA resources while studying and attending courses at their local Center, pursuing a mix of online and traditional classroom instruction while staying close to home. UMA Rockland is located at located at 91 Camden Street, Rockland on the 4th floor of the Breakwater Building.