Types of Financial Aid

All UMM financial aid awards are subject to federal, state, and institutional "over award" regulations, regardless of whether specific award criteria are related to "need" as defined by the federal government. No student may receive total funding that exceeds their "need" as it is defined in federal regulations.

UMM Merit Scholarships

Acadia Scholarship

Awarded to first-year out-of-state students attending UMM full-time. Eligibility is based on achieving at least 950 on combined SAT scores, or 20 on ACT scores, or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 must be achieved to retain the Acadia Scholarship. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if the scholarship is suspended due to academic standing.

  • $7,500 for out-of-state students
  • Not available to students paying tuition at the Canadian or NEBHE rates.

Sunrise Scholarship

Awarded to first-year out-of-state NEBHE or Canadian students attending UMM full-time. Eligibility is based on achieving at least 950 on combined SAT scores, or 20 on ACT scores, or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be achieved to retain the Sunrise Scholarship. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if the scholarship is suspended due to academic standing.

  • $1,000 for NEBHE students
  • $1,000 for Canadian students

Bold Coast Scholarship

Awarded to first-year students attending UMM full-time. Eligibility is based on achieving at least 880 on combined SAT scores, or 18 on ACT scores, or a cumulative GPA of 2.40 or higher.

  • $2,500 per year for out-of-state students
  • $1,000 per year for in-state students
  • Not available to students paying tuition at the Canadian or NEBHE rates.

Presidential Scholarship

Awarded to first-time or transfer students attending UMM full-time. For first-time students, eligibility is based on achieving at least 1,000 on combined SAT scores, or 22 on ACT scores, or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For transfer students or others who have not taken the SAT or ACT, eligibility is based on a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Scholarship amounts vary according to student status:

  • $5,500 for out-of-state transfer students
  • $2,000 for first-time or transfer students who are Maine residents
  • Not available to students paying tuition at the Canadian or NEBHE rates.

Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be achieved to retain the Presidential Scholarship. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if the scholarship is suspended due to academic standing.

Merit Scholarship Continuation Criteria

Tuition advantages for Canadian and NEBHE students

Two groups of out-of-state students qualify for special tuition advantages to assist them in paying college expenses. Canadians and students from New England states who pursue selected academic programs as identified by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) can save approximately $5,500 per year. (This amount can vary according to the number of credits in which the student enrolls.) Our Admissions Office can advise you of which programs qualify under the NEBHE program.

Federal and State Need Based Grants

Federal Pell Grants

Awarded to financially needy undergraduate students. Amount is determined by the EFC calculated using the FAFSA, the cost of attendance, and enrollment status. Maximum annual award for a full-time student in 2015-16 is $5,775.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

Awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional need, generally as companion awards to the Pell Grant. Amounts vary according to funding availability, student need, and enrollment status.

Maine State Grants

The Maine State Grant Program offers assistance to Maine residents attending college either part-time or full-time. Application is made by completing the FAFSA by the published state deadline (May 1). In order to be considered a student must:

  • Be a Maine resident for at least one year prior to application;
  • Have graduated from an approved secondary school or received a GED;
  • Be enrolled in an eligible school for a first undergraduate degree;
  • Have financial need, as determined by the FAFSA; and
  • Meet general eligibility requirements as set forth by the Federal Student Aid Programs.

State grants from other states are sometimes available to students who are residents of those states if their state has a reciprocal agreement with Maine. These agreements allow state scholarships to be “portable.” Students should check with their state higher education agencies to determine state-specific rules.

UMM Connect! Grant

The University of Maine at Machias has a comprehensive financial aid program that rewards academic excellence and addresses affordability.  We strive to meet a percentage of your financial need (as defined by federal student aid regulations) with gift aid that doesn’t need to be repaid from federal, state and institutional sources.  Financial support may be available through our UMM Connect! Grant to help you with college costs. All you need to do is complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and we will consider you for the UMM Connect! Grant.  Timely FAFSA application maximizes your financing options and March 1 is UMM’s priority funding deadline.  UMM Connect! Grant funds are only available to students studying full-time. 

Loan Programs

There are a number of loan options available to University of Maine at Machias students, including federal loans, Direct Parent PLUS loans, and Alternative Loans.  For additional information regarding these loans, please visit our Loan Options page.

Native American Waiver and Education Program

A two-part program funded by the University of Maine System (UMS) to encourage eligible, qualified Native Americans to pursue higher education in Maine.

First, tribal membership must be determined by the University of Maine System Coordinator of the North American Waiver and Scholarship Program; the student applies directly to the Wabanaki Center for this step. Then the student must complete a UMM-specific Native American Program Agreement, to receive payment of all mandatory fees and tuition.

Native American Room & Board Scholarship

Outside scholarships

Outside scholarships are offered by organizations other than UMM. Students apply for them on their own initiative, and the organizations consider applications and make awards according to their own criteria. Students receiving any federal aid are required by law to report these awards to UMM where the awards will be incorporated into the award packages.

Free Online Scholarship Searches
We do not recommend that you pay for any scholarship search. Research all scholarship search organizations carefully. Listed
below are several reliable scholarship searches that are available on the Web. All of these searches are available free of charge.

FinAid: www.finaid.org

Maine Community Foundation: www.mainecf.org

CollegeBoard: www.collegeboard.com

Finance Authority of Maine: www.famemaine.com

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