Rules and Eligibility: New Students Starting Summer 2021 and Later
How to Earn the Completion Scholarship
There is no separate application process for you to receive the Completion Scholarship. You will be eligible for the scholarship if you meet the required criteria, and UMGC will contact you if you are selected to receive the scholarship.
Apply to UMGC in three easy steps.
Complete the UMGC application for admission. Be sure to indicate that you earned an associate's degree from a Maryland community college.
Have your community college(s) send official transcripts directly to UMGC. The transcripts must show that you earned an associate's degree, and the conferral date must be on the transcript.
Contact an admissions advisor who can help you get started at UMGC.
Initial Eligibility Requirements for the Completion Scholarship
You earned an associate's degree from a Maryland community college.
You are admitted to UMGC as a degree-seeking student pursuing your first bachelor's degree.
You have not completed your second term of enrollment at UMGC.
You must submit your official community college transcript with a degree conferral date and receive your first disbursement of the Completion Scholarship before you complete your second term at UMGC.
Awards will only begin once you have submitted your official community college transcript with conferral date and met all eligibility criteria. Completion Scholarship awards will not be made retroactively for prior terms before receipt of transcript with conferral date.
You are a Maryland resident receiving the in-state tuition rate or an active-duty military servicemember.
If you receive tuition assistance or remission: Your military Tuition Assistance or employer's tuition remission or assistance does not cover 100 percent of your tuition.
If you are already enrolled: You meet UMGC's requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress.
If you are already enrolled: You are in good financial standing at UMGC.
NOTE: Golden ID recipients are not eligible to receive the Completion Scholarship.
Scholarship Award Details
If you receive the Completion Scholarship, you will pay no more than $199 for every credit you attempt at UMGC—up to a total of 60 attempted credits—for a maximum of five calendar years from your first scholarship award. In total, you will pay $12,000 or less to complete your bachelor's degree, unless you need more than 60 attempted credits or if you do not complete your program within five calendar years. If you need more than 60 attempted credits at UMGC, or if you continue your coursework beyond the five-year maximum, you will be charged regular tuition and fees for those credits.
You can receive Completion Scholarship funds during the summer, fall, and spring terms.
Your scholarship award amount may be adjusted based on changes you make to your enrollment. You will receive additional scholarship funding if you add eligible courses. Any Completion Scholarship amount you receive for courses you withdraw from, fail, or otherwise do not earn credit for will remain applied to your account, but the award amount may be prorated based on your remaining balance due after other financial aid or tuition cost adjustments are complete. These credits still count toward your 60-credit maximum attempted credits allowed while receiving this scholarship, regardless of any award amount proration.
If you receive the Completion Scholarship, you will receive a notification from the Office of Financial Aid when your award is posted to your student account.
Regardless of when your scholarship award is posted to your account, your funds will not disburse until sometime in the 10-day window prior to each of your course session start dates.
Paying Your Balance
Once the scholarship has been credited to your account, there will be a balance on your account for each course that you take because the Completion Scholarship only covers a portion of your charges for each eligible course you take. This balance is your responsibility and if you do not pay it, you will be dropped from your selected courses. Remember, you also have the following payment options:
If you owe a balance, please be sure to pay it as soon as possible. Not paying your balance will affect your ability to register for courses and receive the Completion Scholarship in future terms. Any unpaid balance may be sent to collections per UMGC institutional policy.
Criteria to Renew the Completion Scholarship
You can renew your Completion Scholarship award if you continue to meet the initial eligibility criteria and meet all the following continuing eligibility criteria:
Meet the university's requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress
Maintain a term and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
Have attempted fewer than 60 cumulative credits of coursework
Are within the maximum five calendar year timeframe from the semester of your first Completion Scholarship disbursement
Enroll in and complete at least 3 credits with a grade of C or better each fall and spring term; this enrollment must be continuous (you may not skip a fall or spring term if you wish you maintain eligibility for the Completion Scholarship)
You can earn the Completion Scholarship in the summer term, but it is not a required term for enrollment. However, if you choose to enroll in summer term courses, you must meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
Please review this page for any updates regarding the Completion Scholarship award details, eligibility requirements, and renewal requirements.