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Pine Tree State Pledge to Maine Students Program Already Benefits Students

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AUGUSTA – Since its announcement in October 2017, 18 students at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) have taken part in the Pine Tree State Pledge program.  Through the Pine Tree State Pledge, eligible students will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and mandatory fees at UMA.  An additional 36 students qualified for the Pine Tree State Pledge, however, no additional out-of-pocket expenses were needed to be covered.

Registration is now open!

There is still time to take advantage of the Pine Tree State Pledge.  The program is available to qualified and Pell eligible first year full-time students and transfer full-time and part-time students.

UMA is committed to providing affordable access to a university education, and help students manage the growing costs of a college education.

The Pine Tree State Pledge seeks to remove the financial barrier to obtaining a college degree.  Working adults with some college credits and no degree may find the Pine Tree State Pledge the perfect opportunity to re-enter higher education and complete their degree.  Degree completion can pave the way for Maine’s workforce to seek promotions, consider career changes, or obtain higher salaries.

First-year students, and their families, can save on college costs by commuting from home to earn a degree.  Additionally, UMA’s wrap-around student services ensure that every enrolled student has access to the support needed to succeed and overcome challenges.

These services include academic and career advising, veterans’ services, and new student orientation and can be accessed in person at the Augusta and Bangor campuses, as well as eight UMA University College Centers and online.


Pine Tree State Pledge Details

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 new to the University of Maine System are currently eligible.
  • New in-state, first-time full-time students in Fall 2018. Registration is now open!
  • 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 a 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.

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 commuting, textbooks and housing and meals.

How do I apply?

Apply Here »