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University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Fort Kent Promise Program

The Fort Kent Promise Program, in combination with other student financial aid programs, is an opportunity for Maine students to attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent at a cost affordable to all Maine families while ensuring that students minimize debt, complete a degree on time, and move into the workforce, graduate work, or further professional opportunities directly upon graduation.

A limited number of awards are available for first-time, full-time college students who are Pell Grant-eligible Maine residents who complete 30 or more credits per year and maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA. Priority will be given to students who apply by the March 31 application deadline. If applying after March 31st, please contact an admissions counselor for details and availability.

Selected recipients will receive a combination of both grant and scholarship funds to cover the annual cost of standard tuition and fees.


An applicant must:

  • be an in-state, first-time, full-time, Pell-eligible student admitted beginning the Fall 2018 term, who submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and completes his/her financial aid application at the University of Maine at Fort Kent by March 31st of the appropriate award year;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and must meet all of the general eligibility requirements of the Federal Title IV Financial Aid programs;
  • be a resident of Maine and have lived in-state for 12 continuous months prior to acceptance to the University of Maine at Fort Kent;
  • have either graduated from high school in Maine, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or have fulfilled any other federally approved "Ability to Benefit" measure;
  • be accepted at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and be pursuing his/her first undergraduate degree;
  • be enrolled in at least 15 credits per term, delivered by the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), limited to a total of 120 credits, applicable toward his/her degree program;
  • maintain an accumulative GPA of 2.0;

Catch-Up Term*

Students who are part of the Promise Program during the academic year and withdrew and/or failed a class, or classes, and did not meet the 30-credit eligibility requirement, they are permitted to use the summer term (in the same academic year) to “Catch Up” by retaking failed and/or dropped academic year UMFK classes, or by taking other required classes. Students must reach the required 30 earned credits by the end of the same academic year. (Note: Cost of summer classes would not be covered by the Promise Program.) If summer classes are completed successfully, and the student has earned the required 30 credits during this same academic year, the student could then be considered for the Promise Program moving forward into the next academic year, assuming that all other eligibility requirements are met.

* This term does not count toward the eight semesters that the Promise Program covers.

Award Amount

A recipient of the Promise Program may receive:

Pell-eligible students are guaranteed to receive an annual estimated tuition discount package of approximately $8,684 [estimated] for the 2021-2022 academic year which will cover the cost of tuition and fees for the academic year (30 credits plus standard fees).

To determine the award amount, the annual resident tuition and fee rate charged by UMFK (2021-2022 Academic Year [estimated]: $8,684) will be reduced by the amount of other student financial aid awards, which an applicant has or will receive for the academic year. These may include Pell Grant, a Maine State Grant, a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity grant, University Awards, and any other outside assistance identified specifically to pay tuition and fees.


A recipient of the Promise Program may renew the award for a maximum of two academic years (fall and spring terms) of full-time undergraduate study in a program leading to an associate's degree, or four academic years (fall and spring terms) of full-time undergraduate study leading to a bachelor's degree. To renew the award for each subsequent year (after the initial application year), you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and complete his/her financial aid application by March 31 of the appropriate award year, as well as meet all other eligibility requirements.