Maryland Community College Transfer Scholarship
Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarship Deadline

Applications for the upcoming semester will be accepted as long as funds remain available.

How much can a student receive for full-time or part-time study?

Recipients may be awarded $3,300/year for full-time study or $1,650/year for part-time study.  

Can I use the scholarship for the summer semester?

The Maryland Community College Scholarship is only disbursed for the fall and spring semesters. Students who plan to take classes in the summer semester should plan to budget accordingly. There are no summer disbursements.

When will I be awarded the scholarship? 

If you are awarded, you will be notified via e-mail and U.S. Mail. Scholarship awards will post to a student's account 10 days before the start of the last registered class for the semester. If you are registered for Term II or mid-fall/spring classes, your award will post 10 days before the start of the class.

Is the scholarship awarded to students that attend any Maryland community college? 

Yes, UMUC has Alliance partnerships with all 16 Maryland Community Colleges.

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Can I be awarded the scholarship with a 2.9 GPA?

No, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from one of the participating community colleges. View the list of participating community colleges.

I am not a Maryland resident but I attend a Maryland Community College. Can I be awarded the scholarship?

Yes, but tuition may be calculated at the out-of-state rate.

Can I receive multiple scholarships from UMUC?

No, you may only accept one scholarship from UMUC. You can receive additional financial aid opportunities from grants, loans and external scholarship sponsors.

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Can I renew my scholarship? 

The scholarship is automatically renewed so there is no need to submit a new application each year if the scholarship guidelines and criteria are met.

Can I receive the scholarship for my graduate study? 

No. The scholarship is only awarded to undergraduate students.

What is considered full-time and part-time? 

Full-time students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours at UMUC each fall and spring semester and earn at least 30 credit hours per academic year. Part-time students must enroll in at least 6 credit hours each fall and spring semesters and earn at least 15 credit hours per academic year. Students will need to take additional credits above the minimum stated credit requirements during the fall, winter, spring or summer semesters in order to maintain scholarship eligibility.

I would like to change my enrollment status from part-time to full-time or full- time to part-time but my award has been disbursed. Will my scholarship be affected?

Yes, by changing your enrollment status, you may incur a balance due to the difference in tuition and fees accrued. For more information, contact the scholarship coordinator at

I would like to take classes at another institution while still enrolled at UMUC. Will my scholarship be affected?

Students who wish to take classes at an outside institution must first gain permission from their advisor. Classes taken outside of UMUC may apply to your degree requirements but will not be used as part of the minimum credit requirement for the scholarship.

If I enroll in EXCL301, do I still need to take another 3-credit course during the same semester?

Part-time Community College Transfer Scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester, so another 3-credit course is required in order to maintain your scholarship requirements. Those students who are receiving the Full-Time Community College Transfer Scholarship are required to enroll in at least 12 credits each semester. EXCL301 is a 3-credit course.

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