UNE offers a robust Merit Scholarship program that bases gift money awards on your level of academic achievement. All incoming full-time undergraduate students will receive Merit Scholarships in amounts from $3,000 to $20,000 per year, depending on a calculation of your GPA and SAT/ACT scores (or GPA alone, if you elected "Test Optional"). These awards are renewable for four years of undergraduate study at UNE as long as you maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
If you demonstrate financial need, we may award this funding to further supplement the cost of your UNE education.
If you and your sibling are concurrently enrolled full-time at UNE, contact our office to obtain the Sibling Grant.
If your parent(s) earned a degree from UNE, Westbrook College, or Saint Francis College, contact our office to obtain the Legacy Grant.
These scholarships are made possible to returning undergraduate students by individual donors to UNE. Award criteria vary based on the individual donors' preferences. In most cases, awards are made on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Student Financial Services will contact students in late spring, highlighting the application process.
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree. Amounts are awarded according to the U.S. Department of Education's standards and requirements. If you are awarded a Pell Grant, the amount can change annually and is dependent on your enrollment status.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) can be awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate great financial need and have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree. Eligibility and amounts are determined by our office.
TEACH Grant — Education Majors
The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH provides funds to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years:
- As a highly qualified teacher,
- At a school or educational service agency servicing low-income students, and
- In a high-need field.
Students must complete the following in order to be eligible:
- Agreement to Serve
- TEACH Grant Counseling
- UNE TEACH Grant Application
The requirements can be completed at Federal Student Aid — TEACH. Contact our office at (207) 602-2342 for more information on the TEACH Grant.
Maine State Grant
The Maine State Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who are Maine residents, demonstrate financial need, and have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree. UNE will determine awards based on eligibility as well as enrollment status for applications received no later than the May 1st priority deadline.
Other States' Grants
Similar to Maine, other states may offer grant programs to our undergraduate students. Funding is usually based on certain levels of financial need, enrollment status and the completion of application materials by a certain deadline found on the FAFSA website. We encourage you to check with your state for specific requirements.
An effective way to reduce student loan borrowing is to access as many scholarships as possible. We strongly urge you to diligently research available scholarships and to take of as many as you can every year you are in school. Great resources for finding scholarships include guidance counselors, parents’ employers, local organizations and banks. We have developed a comprehensive list of scholarship search engines and tools.