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One of the many challenges adults face as they return to college is financing their education. The University of Maine System (UMS) has a new Adult Degree Completion Scholarship fund helping Maine residents complete their academic studies—which may have begun years ago, but were not completed for some reason.

These funds are dedicated to support adult students returning to college after an absence of 3 years or more and who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree.  This scholarship may be renewed for up to 8 consecutive semesters.

The next deadline to submit applications is December 1, 2014 for the Spring 2015 term.  The electronic application takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and may be found here.  Prior to completing this application, we recommend contacting your campus Concierge to review your eligibility and discuss your plan for completing your bachelor’s degree.  As needed, a paper copy of the application is also available through your campus Concierge.

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • Must be admitted to a degree program (matriculated) at a UMS institution seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
  • Must be a resident of the State of Maine.Must be returning to higher education having experienced a gap of 3 years or more since last enrolled.
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must be registered at least part time (6-8 credits) each semester during the academic year.  Students enrolled in fewer credits will be considered on a case by case basis.

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