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Fresh Start Program

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The application window for all scholarships/awards listed on this page is closed. This information on this page is available for students who received any of these scholarships in Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 and need to reference the continuing eligibility criteria. The Back to School Award is no longer being offered to new students.


University of Maryland Global Campus announced the Fresh Start Program to help encourage students to continue with their education after a challenging year featuring challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and more. This suite of scholarships and awards was available for new students in Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. If you received an initial reward, read the information below to find out if you are eligible for continuing disbursements for the applicable programs.

Welcome to MD/Better Together Scholarships

  • UMGC's Welcome to MD Scholarship provides eligible out-of-state undergraduate students a $100 per-credit scholarship off the out-of-state tuition rate.
  • UMGC's Better Together Scholarship provides eligible out-of-state undergraduate students in Washington D.C., and Virginia—our local community—a $100-per-credit scholarship off the out-of-state tuition rate.

Back to School Award

Through the UMGC Back to School Award, we covered the $75 cost of (0 Credits, UCSP 615), our Orientation to Graduate Studies course.

Note: this course must be taken within the first 6 credits of graduate study for all new graduate students, except those in programs requiring the introductory CBR, DCL, or PRO course.

Initial Eligibility Requirements

To become eligible for this award, you must

  • Be enrolled in a program that requires (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
  • Meet UMGC's graduate admissions requirements
  • Enroll for (0 Credits, UCSP 615) on or after May 27, 2021 and by the registration deadline of your intended summer 2021 or fall 2021 start date

Award Disbursement

For eligible students, the award amount of $75

  • Will be applied to your account within 48–72 hours of enrolling for the course
  • Will appear as item type on your account after you have enrolled for (0 Credits, UCSP 615) starting AND eligibility requirements have been verified

This award may be used for tuition only and is non-refundable. The award will be applied to your account prior to military or veteran's benefits.

Alumni Savings Program

UMGC is proud to offer a 10% scholarship on tuition charges for any UMGC alumni who completed a degree or certificate with us and are now planning to enroll in a new graduate degree or graduate certificate program in the summer 2021 or fall 2021 semesters!

How to Earn This Scholarship

  • You must have previously earned a conferred degree or certificate from UMGC with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • You must complete the UMGC Application for Admission.
  • Enroll in your first course (at least 3 credits) for a graduate degree or certificate program on or after May 27, 2021, for one of the following start dates:
    • 6/16/21
    • 7/14/21
    • 8/18/21
    • 9/22/21
    • 10/6/21

For more eligibility information, please consult the FAQs.

If you have questions about the application process or about this tuition scholarship, we encourage you to talk to an admissions advisor

Savings Program Details

Once you have met the initial eligibility criteria for this savings program, your 10% tuition scholarship will be applied automatically when you register for classes. You will be able to monitor your student account in your MyUMGC Student Portal. The scholarship will apply to tuition charges only, not to fees.

If your full tuition is covered by employer tuition remission, you will not be eligible for this tuition savings program.


Payment & Finance Options

UMGC is committed to helping you find ways to meet, manage, and lower your education costs.

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Our helpful admissions advisors can help you choose an academic program to fit your career goals, estimate your transfer credits, and develop a plan for your education costs that fits your budget. If you’re a current UMGC student, please visit the Help Center.

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