Note: access to the UMFK portal is required to view scholarships.
There are three main scholarship categories:
UMFK administers these scholarships through various monies made available to the University, such as through endowments, donations, etc.
As a campus in the University of Maine System (UMS), limited scholarship funds are available to eligible UMFK students.
These scholarships are from agencies and institutions other than UMFK. The application process will vary with each scholarship.
UMFK and UMS scholarships (besides Bengal Academic Scholarships) require you to complete their respective applications. Once you apply, we will inform you if you are awarded funds.
You are responsible for completing any necessary application process for outside scholarships, and you must report these funds to the Business or Financial Aid offices. Be sure to read the information about each outside scholarship carefully.
We offer several merit-based scholarships for qualifying first-year and transfer students enrolled in on-campus degree programs. Complete your admissions application, and your eligibility will be reviewed automatically when the Admissions Committee decides on your application. If you are eligible for U.S. Federal financial aid, we strongly encourage you to apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Bengal Merit Scholarship Program will be administered by the Financial Aid Office and managed so that total financial aid does not exceed a student’s educational costs. These scholarships are not refundable, and in the rare case where an individual’s financial assistance exceeds a student’s direct cost, a Bengal Academic Scholarship may be reduced to comply with federal/state regulations and institutional policy.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible for this academic scholarship. Gold level recipients are required to live on campus.
|Scholarship Name||Residency||Eligibility Requirements||Amount|
|Bengal Gold (Freshman)||In-State & Canada||High School GPA 3.0||$2,000.00|
|Out of State||High School GPA 3.0||$5,000.00|
|International||Cumulative Average of 90 – 100 (3.0/4.0)||$5,000.00|
|Bengal Silver (Freshman)||In-State & Canada||High School GPA 2.8 or higher||$1,000.00|
|Out of State||High School GPA 2.8 or higher||$3,500.00|
|International||Cumulative Average of 80 – 89 (2.75)||$3,500.00|
|Bengal Transfer||In-State & Canada||Cumulative GPA of 2.75||$1,000.00|
|Out of State||Cumulative GPA of 2.75||$5,000.00|
|International||Cumulative GPA of 2.75||$5,000.00|
If you are a high school student, you may want to check out the following resources:
Scholarships are often awarded based on:
UMFK is not responsible for:
Grants are typically based on need and include programs such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and State Grants, which are funds received from the federal government. These funds do not have to be repaid.
The Pell Grant is a Federally funded grant program designed to form the foundation of all aid received. Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. To be considered for this type of aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing UMFK’s school code (002041) in the appropriate section, and submit the FAFSA to a central processor for review. No additional Pell Grant application is required. The Pell Grant program will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) (or a link to an online site to obtain one), which can be kept for your records. Copies can be obtained from the Federal Student Aid website.
The amount of a Pell Grant award varies depending upon eligibility, the cost of attendance, and the number of credits for which the student is enrolled (full-time, three-quarter time, or half-time). Whenever enrollment status changes, as does the amount of the Pell Grant, a Pell Grant recipient must be enrolled in an undergraduate program for at least three credit hours per semester. Pell Grants are available for the time required to complete the first undergraduate bachelor’s degree, so long as the student is making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
The Promise Program guarantees that first-time, full-time, Pell Grant-eligible students from Maine will receive an annual tuition discount package that covers the cost of tuition and fees for the academic year (30 credits plus standard fees).
The University has established several guidelines for students to participate in the program. Applicants must:
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a Federally funded program for undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. To be considered for this type of aid, a student must: complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), list UMFK’s school code (002041) in the appropriate section, and submit the FAFSA to a central processor for review. FSEOG grant amounts depend on the extent of need and what funds are available in the program each year. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant funding is available for the time required to complete the first undergraduate bachelor’s degree, so long as the student is making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
The Maine State Grant program is a need-based grant program for Maine residents. To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1. The Maine State Grant awarded to the student is based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the number of credits in which the student is enrolled.