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Scholarships at UMGC

Learn about scholarships at UMGC and find out if you qualify.

At University of Maryland Global Campus, we understand that funding your education is one of the most important factors in your educational journey. Our goal is to help as many students as possible make the dream of earning their degree a reality. To that end, we provide you with resources and guidance for navigating the world of scholarship offerings at UMGC.

Check out the scholarship categories below to see what you might qualify for and to learn about the different scholarship awarding processes. These categories have unique eligibility requirements and application processes, so reviewing all the information on this page can help you stay as informed as possible about the different opportunities available to you. 

Please note: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for most scholarships offered by UMGC. UMGC encourages all students to complete the FAFSA early each year.

Most scholarships require students to be enrolled in a minimum number of program-applicable credits in each semester they receive an award.

UMGC Institutional Scholarships & Grants

Institutional scholarships and grants are funds that are provided to eligible students directly by UMGC. We provided more than $15 million to our students in these types of scholarship awards last year. Each of these funds has a different process by which students may become eligible, but many don’t require an application other than the FAFSA.

More Institutional Scholarships & Grants

Kemi A., Yuma, AZ

Donor-Funded Scholarships

Donor-funded scholarships are provided to UMGC by generous donors who are invested in the success of our students. We are pleased to be able to offer more than 100 of these scholarships each year. Each fund has limited funding and unique eligibility criteria.

You cannot apply for these scholarships individually. There is one annual application process by which eligible students are considered for these awards. Every spring, students who meet the baseline eligibility criteria for these awards receive an invitation to complete the UMGC Donor Scholarship Application.

Military & Veteran Scholarships

There are several scholarship programs at UMGC that are made available specifically to our honored servicemembers and veterans. 


Maryland State Scholarship & Grant Programs

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) offers standard and need-based scholarship and grant programs to eligible Maryland residents. Most of these state-funded programs require students to submit a FAFSA each year prior to a March 1 deadline. We strongly encourage all students to submit their FAFSA as soon as it becomes available each year.

For the upcoming 2024–2025 aid year, MHEC's priority FAFSA submission deadline has been extended to May 15. The final deadline has been extended to June 1.

Visit MHEC's state scholarship application webpage for eligibility criteria and application instructions or view the individual MHEC scholarship and grant program pages below for more details:

More Scholarship Information

At UMGC, we strive to present you with the latest information about scholarships, including state scholarship and grant programs, third-party programs, and other unique programs we offer at the university. Please check back frequently for the latest information.

MHEC Scholarships for Service-Based Careers

Are you pursuing a degree at UMGC with the goal of starting or furthering a career in service to your Maryland community? Learn how to qualify for MHEC scholarships for eligible students pursuing service-related careers in law enforcement, teaching, firefighting, and more.

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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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