There are several types of scholarships available to help you finance your University of Maryland University College education. Find answers to common questions below.

FAQs: Institutional Scholarships

How do I apply for a UMUC scholarship? +

You must meet the minimum qualifications before you are invited to apply for UMUC scholarships.

Minimum Qualifications

  • You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Graduate students must complete a minimum of 9 UMUC credits with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 15 UMUC credits with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Application

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be sent an invitation to complete the online scholarship application through MyUMUC as a "to-do list" item.

How do I apply for a specific UMUC scholarship (for example, the President's Scholarship)? +

In addition to the minimum qualifications of grade-point average and UMUC credit completion, most UMUC scholarships require additional criteria. Once you complete the online scholarship application, you will be considered for all scholarships for which you meet the criteria.

When can I expect a decision regarding my UMUC scholarship application? +

Awarding of UMUC scholarships begins after July 15 and continues through the summer until all funds are exhausted. You will receive an acknowledgment letter upon completing the online scholarship application. Additionally, all students who submit the online scholarship application will receive correspondence regarding their scholarship award status. Please note that scholarship awarding is based on the availability of funding, which means that not all applicants will be awarded scholarships. However, if you are not awarded a scholarship, your application will remain on file throughout the academic year in the event additional funding becomes available.

If I missed the UMUC scholarship application priority filing date, can I still apply? +

Yes! You should submit the online scholarship application by the priority filing date (July 15) for maximum consideration. However, if you have been invited to apply via your to-do list, you are still allowed to submit your online scholarship application throughout the academic year until the application link is no longer available.

Do I have to enroll in a specific number of credits to keep my UMUC scholarship? +

Yes. Most UMUC scholarships require undergraduate and graduate students to enroll in at least 6 credits for the semester for which the scholarship has been awarded. Failure to comply with the enrollment requirement may result in a cancellation of the scholarships. You are responsible for any balances incurred as a result of the cancellation.

How much can I receive in a UMUC scholarship? +

Like all scholarships, UMUC scholarship awards vary.

If I submitted UMUC's online scholarship application by the priority filing date and met the minimum criteria, why wasn't I awarded a scholarship? +

UMUC makes every effort to equitably award as many scholarships as possible; however, scholarship awarding is based on the availability of limited funding.

Can I receive more than one UMUC scholarship? +

Yes. It is possible to receive more than one UMUC scholarship during an academic year. However, students who are receiving the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship or President's Scholarship are ineligible to receive the UMUC Completion Scholarship.

When will my UMUC scholarship disburse? +

Remember, UMUC scholarships require 6 credits of enrollment. Consequently, scholarships will disburse 10 days prior to the start date of the course that gives the student 6 credits of enrollment.

What semesters are UMUC scholarships awarded? +

Most UMUC scholarships are awarded for the fall and spring semesters.

FAQs: Maryland Higher Education Commission Scholarships

How do I apply for a Maryland Higher Education Commission scholarship? +

If you are a Maryland resident, you can apply for Maryland Higher Education Commission scholarships by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Please visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission for more details.

When will my Maryland Higher Education Commission scholarship award show on my UMUC student award screen? +

We typically post scholarships and/or grants awarded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) at the beginning of every academic term. For the fall semesters, we typically post MHEC awards to UMUC student accounts beginning in August. For the spring semesters, we typically post MHEC awards to UMUC student accounts beginning in the month of January.

Why don't I see scholarship funds in my account if the Maryland Higher Education Commission said they have been given to UMUC? +

The UMUC Financial Aid Office downloads Maryland Higher Education Commission awards once a week. If you have accepted the award(s) on your Maryland College Aid Processing System account, you should check MyUMUC daily to view the award(s).

Why was my Maryland Higher Education Commission scholarship award changed/canceled? +

There are various reasons why a Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) award can be decreased, increased, or canceled. For more details regarding your MHEC-sponsored scholarship or grant, please check your account with the Maryland College Aid Processing System or contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission at 410-767-3300 or 800-974-0203 or via e-mail.

FAQs: District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant

How do I apply for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant? +

Students interested in receiving the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant should contact the Office of the State Superintendent of Education regarding eligibility requirements.

FAQs: Private/Third-Party Scholarships

When will my third-party scholarship award appear on my account? +

It depends on how the individual awarding organization manages the scholarship. Some companies will send a check right away. In these cases, the award can be processed once eligibility has been established. Other agencies may request to be invoiced. Consequently, in these cases, awards cannot be processed until the funds have been received.

Why don't I see scholarship funds in my account if the third-party organization said they have been given to UMUC? +

There are various reasons you may not see your third-party/private scholarship on your UMUC student account. Visit the Help Center for further assistance.