There are several types of scholarships available to help you finance your University of Maryland Global Campus education. Find answers to common questions below.
FAQs: Donor-Funded Scholarships
You must meet the minimum qualifications for general scholarship eligibility before you are invited to apply for UMGC scholarships. Eligible students are invited to complete the UMGC Scholarship Application in the spring of each year. Students must be invited to apply.
Minimum Qualifications to Receive an Invitation to Apply
You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the upcoming aid year (we strongly recommend you complete the FAFSA when it is made available in October of each year).
Graduate students must have successfully completed a minimum of 9 UMGC credits in their current program.
Undergraduate students must have successfully completed a minimum of 15 UMGC credits in their current program.
You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
If you meet the minimum qualifications listed above, you will be sent an invitation to complete the online scholarship application via email in the spring of each year. The application will appear in your MyUMGC student portal as a To Do list item for you to complete. You are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the application by the priority filing deadline, which is provided in your email invitation each year, for strongest scholarship consideration.
Students cannot apply for individual donor-funded scholarships. The UMGC Scholarship Application process outlined above is the process by which students apply for all donor-funded scholarships administered by the financial aid office.
In addition to the minimum qualifications listed above most UMGC donor-funded scholarships require additional specific criteria. Once you complete the online scholarship application, you will be considered for all scholarships for which you meet the criteria.
Note: The funding for these awards is limited; meeting all of the eligibility criteria for any of these awards does not guarantee that you will receive scholarship funding.
The initial round of awarding of UMGC donor-funded scholarships begins after the priority application filing deadline has passed and continues through mid-fall. Students who are selected to receive a donor-funded scholarship will be notified at the time of awarding, and the scholarship will appear in the MyUMGC Student Portal. After the first round of awards is complete, students who were not selected will be notified by email, typically in late fall. However, as scholarship awards are adjusted throughout the aid year and funding becomes available, all applications continue to be reviewed for eligibility. It is possible that students could be selected for a donor-funded scholarship at any point throughout the aid year, as funding availability allows.
Yes. You should submit the online scholarship application by the priority filing date for maximum consideration. However, if you have been invited to apply via your to-do list, you are still allowed to submit your online scholarship application until the application link is no longer available.
Yes. Most UMGC scholarships require undergraduate and graduate students to enroll in at least 6 credits for the semester for which the scholarship has been awarded. Failure to comply with the enrollment requirement may result in a cancellation of the scholarships. You are responsible for any balances incurred as a result of the cancellation.
All scholarship award amounts vary, but $2,000 is the standard combined annual maximum award amount for most donor-funded and institutional awards.
If I submitted UMGC's online scholarship application by the priority filing date and met the minimum criteria, why wasn't I awarded a scholarship? +
UMGC makes every effort to equitably award as many scholarships as possible; however, scholarship awarding is based on the availability of limited funding.
We aim to offer scholarship funding to as many eligible students as possible each year based on available funding. For this reason, it is not common for students to receive more than one donor-funded or institutional scholarship in an aid year.
UMGC donor-funded scholarships require 6 credits of enrollment. Consequently, scholarships will only disburse in the 10-day window prior to the start date of the course that gives the student 6 credits of enrollment.
Donor-funded scholarships are awarded for the fall and spring semesters only, and the funds cannot be transferred between semesters.
FAQs: Maryland Higher Education Commission Scholarships
When will my Maryland Higher Education Commission scholarship award show on my UMGC student award screen? +
We typically post scholarships and/or grants awarded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) at the beginning of every academic term. For the fall semesters, we typically post MHEC awards to UMGC student accounts beginning in August. For the spring semesters, we typically post MHEC awards to UMGC student accounts beginning in the month of January.
There are various reasons why a Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) award can be decreased, increased, or canceled. For more details regarding your MHEC-sponsored scholarship or grant, please check your account with the Maryland College Aid Processing System or contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission at 410-767-3300 or 800-974-0203 or via e-mail.
FAQs: District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant
Students interested in receiving the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant should contact the Office of the State Superintendent of Education regarding eligibility requirements.
FAQs: Private/Third-Party Scholarships
It depends on how the individual awarding organization manages the scholarship. Some companies will send a check right away. In these cases, the award can be processed once eligibility has been established. Other agencies may request to be invoiced. Consequently, in these cases, awards cannot be processed until the funds have been received.
Why don't I see scholarship funds in my account if the third-party organization said they have been given to UMGC? +
There are various reasons you may not see your third-party/private scholarship on your UMGC student account. Visit the Help Center for further assistance.