Financial Aid and Scholarships

Setting a new goal for yourself or your career can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Financing your dream can be a little scary. Our Financial Aid department should be your first stop in finding out what assistance might be available to you.

GRADUATE DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS

For our degree seeking students, there are several programs available through the Federal Government to help you finance your education through grants, scholarships and loans. There are also competitive assistantships available through your program and around the University. The graduate school provides a wealth of information on the availability of assistantships. You can access that information on their website. It’s always a good idea to speak to your program adviser or chair and see what might be available through the department and follow some of the same guidelines outlined below for the Certificate Program.

 

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS

Undergraduate students should visit the UMaine Admission website for a full list of scholarship opportunities. The Student Financial Aid Office is another great resources for scholarship opportunities.

Below are a few scholarships particularly relevant for online adult students.

NON-DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

For our non-degree seeking and Certificate Program enrollees, it’s a little tougher but not impossible. Here some  tips and tricks for paying for your certificate program:

  • Research. There are a lot of ways to pay for continuing your education. Many times employers will have an education incentive program. Speak to someone in your Human Resources department. In addition, several professional associations offer some tuition assistance. Finally, there are private education loans available through your local lender or bank and professional scholarship/grant seeking websites. Check those options out as well. If you do decide on a private loan, make sure that you ask the right questions. check out the US Department of Education website to get more information on the difference between Federally subsidized loans and private loans.
  • Start looking early. As is the case with all financial aid and scholarships, there are deadlines for applying and sometimes they are awarded on a first come first served basis.
  • Organize. Keep your information organized and easily accessible. Make a calendar for all of your important deadlines. Keep track of application procedures and the materials that you’ll need to apply.

Most importantly, always complete your FAFSA and make certain that you speak with a Financial Aid Advisor.