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Completion Scholarship
for MD Community
College Graduates

Turn your associate degree into a bachelor's degree for $12,000 or less.

University of Maryland Global Campus offers eligible Maryland community college graduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree at a significantly reduced cost with the Completion Scholarship. Award recipients can complete a bachelor's degree program for $12,000 or less, well below the typical tuition cost for in-state students.

If you have earned an associate's degree from a Maryland community college, you are guaranteed admission to UMGC if your conferral date is listed on your official community college transcript.

Rules & Eligibility: 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

  1. Complete the UMGC application for admission. Be sure to indicate that you earned an associate's degree from a Maryland community college.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 are registered for at least 3 program-applicable credits.
    • This scholarship requires continuous enrollment and successful completion of at least 3 program-applicable credits every fall and spring term. Summer is an optional enrollment term. If you choose to enroll in the summer term, you must meet all the regular scholarship requirements (including successful completion of at least 3 program-applicable credits) in order to remain eligible for the scholarship moving forward.
  • 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 meet the criteria for one of the following residency requirements:
    • In-State (Maryland): You meet the requirements for Maryland in-state residency status and are paying the in-state tuition rate.
    • Military: You are an active-duty military servicemember and are paying the military tuition rate.
    • Asia/Europe: You meet the requirements for either Asia division or Europe division residency status and are paying the Asia or Europe tuition rate.
  • 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

The following details apply to all new students earning the Completion Scholarship in summer 2021 or later. Please review these details carefully, as they contain information about award amounts, notification details, disbursement, paying your balance, and scholarship renewal criteria.


Get answers to frequently asked questions about scholarship award amounts, disbursement schedules, and more.

Rules & Eligibility: Students Starting Spring 2021 or Earlier

The following requirements apply to all current Completion Scholarship recipients who received any disbursement of the Completion Scholarship in spring 2021 or before. If you fall into this category, your initial and continuing eligibility criteria have not changed and will remain the same until summer 2026.

Contact Us About Transferring

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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