UMUC Scholarships

Put your academic goals within reach. UMUC offers more than 100 scholarships to help students like you achieve your educational goals. Each year, we award more than $6 million in scholarship funds to more than 3,500 students.

UMUC scholarships are available to students based on merit and/or financial need. Award amounts vary by scholarship. Specially designated scholarships are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, community college transfers, students in certain academic programs, military servicemembers, veterans, military spouses, and more.

Interested in a UMUC Scholarship?

  1. Complete the FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, is required for most UMUC scholarships. When you apply for financial aid, you will automatically be pre-screened for scholarship eligibility. (See instructions on how to apply for financial aid at UMUC.)
  2. Wait for Notification: If you're eligible for a UMUC scholarship, we'll let you know. Students who have met the minimum GPA and credit requirements will receive an e-mail notifying them of scholarship eligibility via the "To Do" list in MyUMUC. You may even be eligible for more than one scholarship! Notifications usually go out in mid-summer. Please note that meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will receive a UMUC scholarship.
  3. Apply Early: Scholarship awards are based on funding availability so if you're notified that you're eligible, fill out the universal scholarship application in MyUMUC as soon as possible. It's also important to submit your FAFSA early each year, as many of scholarships can be renewed from year to year if you continue to maintain your eligibility requirements.

Other Scholarship Sources

Each year, hundreds of thousands of scholarships are awarded by companies and organizations of all types and sizes. In addition to applying for the scholarships administered by UMUC, all students are encouraged to investigate private scholarship opportunities.

There are scholarships for academic or artistic achievements; for students interested in specific fields of study; for residents of certain cities, counties, or states; and for members of religious, ethnic, or under-represented groups.

The easiest way to find scholarship opportunities is to use online scholarship search engines. There are several free websites that can help you identify suitable scholarship programs by comparing your personal circumstances against a database of scholarships.

Also, be on the lookout for local scholarships. Generally, there may be less competition for scholarships that cover a limited geographical area. To find information on local scholarship opportunities, talk to local community college or high school counselors or check the bulletin board at your local library.

Popular Scholarship Search Sites

Important: You do not need to apply to specific scholarships, as this universal application will be used to find all scholarships that match your specific eligibility.

1 Employees of UMUC and their dependents, as well as those who receive remission of fees from other institutions, are not eligible to apply for UMUC institutional scholarships or to receive UMUC institutional grants.

Scholarship Requirements

Undergraduate

Graduate

Minimum GPA

3.0

3.0

Minimum Credits Completed at UMUC

15

9

Link to scholarships search page

2015-2016 Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office is currently in the process of awarding 2015-2016 scholarships. In the coming weeks, all students who submitted an application will be contacted regarding their eligibility.

DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program

Students interested in receiving the DC Tuition Assistance Grant should contact the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) regarding eligibility requirements. Please note that OSSE will only cover courses that are 100 percent on-site.

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