UMS Adult Degree Scholarships
Opening Doors Scholarship
The Opening Doors Scholarship is a renewable scholarship supporting adult and independent students attending one of the campuses of the University of Maine System in pursuit of higher education.
Must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a resident of the state of Maine
- Must be enrolled in a UMS institution
- Must be a newly enrolled student pursuing a bachelors or associates degree; OR seeking a credential in a high demand field as identified by the Maine Department of Labor (External Site).
- Must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Must be registered at least part time or higher: six to eight credits
- Maintain continuous enrollment and GPA of 2.5 or higher for renewed funding
- Must be considered an independent student, as identified by FAFSA.
Multiple awards available:
- Six to eight credits – $500 per semester
- Nine to 11 credits – $750 per semester
- 12+ credits – $1000 per semester
- New applications are due by August 1 and December 1 for priority consideration. Any applications received after these dates will be considered only if funds remain available.
- Renewal applications are due by June 1
Adult Degree Completion Scholarship
The University of Maine System (UMS) has an Adult Degree Completion Scholarship fund helping Maine residents return to school and complete their academic studies. For many, these may have begun years ago, and were not completed for a variety of reasons.
These funds are dedicated to support adult students returning to college after an absence of at least three (3) years or more and who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree. Applicants may qualify for up to $4,000 per academic year for up to eight (8) consecutive semesters.
- Must be a resident of the state of Maine.
- Must be a matriculated student at a UMS institution seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
- Must be an undergraduate reentry student who has experienced a gap (three years or more) in the pursuit of post-secondary education.
- Must have a minimum of 30 credits earned from any institution toward your degree.
- Must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA.
- Must be registered at least part time: 6‐8 credits per semester.