Admissions (Application to UMUC) Deadline:

  • Fall: November 1
  • Spring: April 1
  • Summer: July 1

Awarding for each semester will conclude on the day after the last day to withdraw from that semester.


University of Maryland University College offers Maryland community college graduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree at a significantly reduced cost with the Completion Scholarship. Award recipients can complete a bachelor's degree program for $12,000 or less, well below the typical tuition cost for in-state students.

Plus, if you graduated from a Maryland community college (with a conferral date listed on your transcript), you are guaranteed admission to UMUC and are eligible for the Completion Scholarship, no matter how long ago you earned your associate degree. This scholarship is also available to students who have earned up to 12 credits at UMUC.

How to Earn the Completion Scholarship

There is no separate application process for the Completion Scholarship. You will be eligible for the scholarship if you meet the required criteria, and UMUC will contact you if you are selected to receive the scholarship.

Apply to UMUC in three easy steps:

  1. Complete the UMUC application for admission.
  2. Have your school(s) send official transcripts directly to UMUC.
  3. Contact an admissions counselor who can help you get started at UMUC.

Scholarship Details

Scholarship Award and Disbursement

If you are selected to receive the UMUC Completion Scholarship, you will be awarded $100 in scholarship funds for every credit you register for and complete at UMUC. It is your responsibility to pay for the entire balance due upon registration. If you don't make this payment, you will be dropped from your selected classes. Remember, you also have the following options to pay for classes:

If you add, drop, or withdraw after scholarship registration deadlines, your scholarship may be adjusted at the end of each semester. You may receive additional scholarship funding if you added classes, or you may have a balance because you dropped or withdrew from a class.

If you owe a balance, please be sure to pay for the balance as soon as possible. Not paying your balance will void your ability to register for classes and receive the Completion Scholarship going forward. Any unpaid balance will be sent to collections per UMUC institution policy.

The UMUC Completion Scholarship requires 3 credits of enrollment and will disburse 10 days prior to the start date in which you meet the enrollment requirement.

Additional Terms and Requirements

  • Scholarship funds are disbursed during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Students must meet the university's requirements for satisfactory academic progress in order to maintain scholarship eligibility.
  • Students must be in good financial standing at UMUC.
  • The UMUC Completion Scholarship is only applicable to UMUC tuition and fees and is non-refundable.
  • Under the Completion Scholarship program, you will pay a total of $12,000 or less to complete your bachelor's degree, unless you need more than 60 credits. The UMUC Completion Scholarship can only be applied for up to 60 credits. Anything beyond 60 credits is your responsibility and you will be charged the regular tuition and fees.
  • These processes are subject to change with or without notice. Please review this page for any updates with your Completion Scholarship application or renewal.

Eligibility Criteria for the Completion Scholarship

If you are a UMUC student, check to see if you meet the requirements for the Completion Scholarship.

  • You completed an associate's degree from a community college in Maryland
  • You are a Maryland resident or active-duty military servicemember
  • You must be admitted as a degree-seeking student pursuing your first bachelor's degree
  • You applied for the Completion Scholarship and registered for minimum required credits before the start date of the first online session in each term

Please note: If you are a financial aid recipient, you must complete all federal requirements in order to receive Title IV funding.

Current UMUC students who have not previously been awarded the scholarship are not eligible but may qualify for other scholarships.

Before You Apply for the Completion Scholarship

Am I eligible for the UMUC Completion Scholarship if I have dual enrollment from a Maryland community college? +

If you have dual enrollment, you are eligible for the Completion Scholarship once you complete your associate degree. You must have earned a cumulative 2.0 GPA at both institutions to be considered.

Does my qualification for the UMUC Completion Scholarship depend on the date I earned my associate degree from a Maryland community college? +

No. It does not matter when you earned your associate degree from a Maryland community college.

Am I eligible for the UMUC Completion Scholarship if I'm on a visa? +

No. Only U.S. citizens and permanent resident noncitizens are eligible for the scholarship.

Am I eligible for the UMUC Completion Scholarship if I'm an active-duty servicemember or veteran? +

If your military tuition remission or assistance pays 100 percent of your tuition and fees, you are not eligible for the scholarship.

Veteran students using education benefits are eligible if they are Maryland residents and meet other scholarship eligibility criteria. However, if VA pays 100 percent of your tuition and fees, you are not eligible for the scholarship.

Am I eligible for the UMUC Completion Scholarship if my employer provides tuition remission? +

If your employer's tuition remission or assistance pays 100 percent of your tuition and fees, you are not eligible for the scholarship. Students who receive partial employer tuition remission or assistance are eligible for the scholarship. However, the scholarship award may be pro-rated based on remaining balance due.

Employees of UMUC and their dependents as well as anyone who receives remission of fees from other institutions are not eligible to apply for UMUC institutional scholarships.

Do I need to fill out the FAFSA to be eligible for the UMUC Completion Scholarship? +

The FAFSA is not required. However, it is recommended that you complete the FAFSA to be eligible for other forms of institutional, state, and Federal aid.

Will my UMUC Completion Scholarship cover the cost of tuition even when tuition increases? +

Yes. The UMUC Completion Scholarship will be adjusted accordingly to ensure you will be able to earn the final 60 credits of your bachelor’s degree for $12,000 or less. Your cost may be higher if you need to take additional credits, choose to switch programs during your study, or wish to take extra classes.

After You Apply for the Completion Scholarship

In order to receive the Completion Scholarship, when is the deadline for UMUC to receive my community college final transcript? +

In order to be considered for the UMUC Completion Scholarship, UMUC needs to receive a copy of your final official transcript from your community college indicating the attainment of your associate's degree.

If you are unable to obtain an official transcript with your degree information listed, please contact your advisor.

If I win the UMUC Completion Scholarship, how and when will I be notified? +

You will be notified through a financial aid notification in MyUMUC.

What should I do to ensure I am not dropped from my classes? +

In order to avoid being dropped from a class that you have registered for, please ensure you have made payment arrangements to cover the entire balance due. Payment is expected within 10 days of registration, unless you are within 10 days or less of the beginning of the semester, then the payment is due upon registration. For more information, please read about disenrollment.

If you are using financial aid, please be sure you have enough aid to cover your entire tuition due. If you do not have enough aid to cover the entire balance, you will need to find an alternative way to pay the difference, such as using UMUC's interest-free monthly payment plan.

Will my Completion Scholarship award be affected if I need to drop a class during the semester? +

If you need to drop a class during the semester, it is best to contact your advisor first. If you choose to drop your class during a semester, you may want to consider replacing it with another class to ensure you can complete the semester with at least 3 credits. You should review our Drop and Withdrawal policy before you drop a class because it could have a negative impact on your financial aid. And be sure to visit the academic calendar and view the drop/withdrawal deadline.

If you drop or withdraw from a class during the semester, your Completion Scholarship will be adjusted and you may owe a balance. If you owe a balance, please be sure to pay it as soon as possible. Not paying your balance will void your ability to register for classes and receive the Completion Scholarship going forward. Any unpaid balance will be sent to collections per UMUC institution policy.

If you do not complete the semester with at least 3 credits, your Completion Scholarship will be canceled at the end of the semester.

After You Are Awarded the Completion Scholarship

Can I renew my UMUC Completion Scholarship? +

To ensure your scholarship is awarded in a timely manner, please be sure to enroll in your courses prior to the start of the semester and meet all of the renewal criteria outlined below.

For the scholarship to renew, you must

  • Meet the university's requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Earn a GPA of 2.0 or higher each semester
  • Not have earned an FN grade in any coursework
  • Have completed at least 3 credits during each fall and spring semester (summer is optional)

Can I receive additional scholarships if I've been awarded the UMUC Completion Scholarship? +

It is possible for you to receive additional scholarships at UMUC. You must complete the FAFSA to be considered for other forms of institutional, federal, or state aid. Please keep in mind that if you receive multiple scholarships, amounts may be adjusted or canceled in compliance with our institutional funding limit policy.

Can I take a semester off and still receive the scholarship later when I resume my studies? +

The UMUC Completion Scholarship requires a continuous enrollment at UMUC and will pay up to 60 credits toward graduation.

How many credits will the UMUC Completion Scholarship cover under the EXCL program? +

The scholarship will cover the 3 credits of the EXCL course. Subsequently, additional credits earned after the completion of the EXCL course will not be paid for.

For More Information About the Completion Scholarship

Please call 855-321-UMUC (8682) or e-mail Help Center.