One of the many challenges adults face as they return to college is financing their education. Maine adults who want to return to college may qualify for as much as $4,000 per year in scholarships for up to four years through the University of Maine System’s Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund.

Purpose of the fund is to help Maine people complete their academic studies, which they may have started years ago but, for whatever reasons, never completed.

The scholarships are for adult students returning after an absence of three years or more, and who are completing their first baccalaureate degree. Courses may be taken at any of the UMS campuses and UC centers, including University College at Rockland.

The application deadline for students to apply for the scholarships is Aug. 1. Prior to completing this application, it is recommended that interested people contact an adviser to review their eligibility and discuss their plan for completing a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • Must be a resident of the state of Maine.
  • Must be a matriculated student at a UMS institution seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
  • Must be an undergraduate reentry student who has experienced a gap (three years or more) in the pursuit of postsecondary education.
  • Must have previously earned a minimum of 30 credits from any institution.
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA.
  • Must be registered at least part time: 6 to 8 credits per semester.

The online application for the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship can be found at:

For assistance with the scholarship application and for more information, contact University College at Rockland­­­ at 596-6906 or visit