Montana Resident Entering Student Scholarship Program
The Montana Resident Entering Student Scholarship Program draws together many endowed scholarships and donations into a single scholarship pool known as the Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship (MAA). All new incoming University of Montana students pursuing their first bachelor's degree will automatically be considered for scholarships. The application for admission serves as the scholarship application.
MAA scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. Awarding begins after November 15.
To maximize grant and scholarship opportunities, new students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA, and apply for departmental and campus-wide scholarships through the UM Scholarship Portal. High school students can start earning UM micro-scholarships as early as their freshman year of high school through the RaiseMe program.
Some students will be asked to write thank you notes to the donors who sponsor their specific scholarship. Students will be notified beginning in June if they need to do so.
Students who do not qualify for a scholarship upon entry to UM, but choose to attend anyway, cannot qualify for one of these scholarships at a later date. However, they are encouraged to apply for continuing student scholarships.
In addition to the MAA scholarship, students with demonstrated financial need who are admitted for the Summer of 2019 or later may also be eligible for a UM Need Grant. To be considered for this grant a student must file the FAFSA.
The MAA scholarship and the UM Need Grant are tuition designated awards. As such, they cannot exceed the cost of tuition when combined with other tuition designated awards such as tuition waivers.
MAA & UM Need Grant Details
MAA and RaiseMe
Scholarships earned on RaiseMe represent a guaranteed minimum amount of institutional scholarship or grant aid a student will receive from the university.
If a student receives a MAA scholarship or other UM scholarship/grant that in combination is larger than what they earned through RaiseMe, the amount earned on RaiseMe is included in those other awards.
MAA Incoming Freshman Criteria
For Autumn 2020, eligibility for the MAA is based upon a student’s unweighted cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT results. If a student takes the SAT or ACT multiple times, UM will "super score" the results, i.e. take the best sub-scores from multiple tests to determine eligibility for awards.
Awarding happens based on the scores and grades available when the student is admitted. If a student later improves their GPA or test scores, they will need to petition for reconsideration using the Scholarship Appeal Form.
Please visit with your Admissions Counselor to determine the amount of your award.
MAA Transfer Criterion
For Autumn 2020, transfer students pursuing a first bachelor's degree will qualify for a MAA if they meet the following criterion:
- $2,500 with a 3.50 or higher cumulative transfer GPA
- $2,000 with a 3.25-3.49 cumulative transfer GPA
- $1,500 with a 3.00-3.24 cumulative transfer GPA
- $1,000 with a 2.75-2.99 cumulative transfer GPA
Renewability of Award
For the 20-21 academic year, if an incoming freshmen qualifies for the MAA scholarship it is renewable for four years.
For transfer students, the number of years for which the scholarship is renewable is based on the number of transfer credits accepted by UM.
- 0-29 credits, 4 years
- 30-59 credits, 3 years
- 60+ credits, 2 years
To complete a degree in the required time-frame, most students must earn an average of 15 credits per semester.
Many MAA awards are funded by donations made to the UM Foundation. The process of matching students to scholarships is done in late spring/early summer.
All students are encouraged to complete the general scholarship application available in the UM Scholarship Portal annually. Doing so allows students to be considered for departmental scholarships and increased MAA funding.
MAA Scholarship Conditions
A student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the end of the spring semester for the scholarship to be renewed (if renewable).
Students who are not continuously enrolled (except summers), transfer to Missoula College (including Bitterroot College), or become distance only students, forfeit the scholarship. Non-resident students are not eligible for the MAA.
MAA recipients cease to be eligible for the MAA upon completion of a bachelor's degree.
The scholarship will not be disbursed in any given semester until the student is enrolled full-time (12 or more credits). Courses taken through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) are not counted in meeting the requirement to be full-time. The scholarship is not available for use in the summer term.
Students who do not meet scholarship conditions may appeal for reinstatement using the Scholarship Appeal Form.
Post-baccalaureate students (i.e. students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree) and graduate students are not eligible to receive the MAA.
UM Need Grant Conditions
Only resident students who first began attending UM in the Summer of 2019 or later are eligible for the UM Need Grant.
If a student's EFC changes, the amount of the grant may also change. To be considered for the grant in subsequent years, a student must re-file the FAFSA and continue to demonstrate financial need.
Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for the grant. If a student is ineligible for federal aid because they cannot complete their degree in the maximum time frame they are also ineligible for the grant.
Students who transfer to Missoula College or become distance only students, forfeit the grant. Receiving additional scholarships from UM may reduce or eliminate the UM Need Grant from a student's award. Recipients cease to be eligible for the UM Need Grant upon completion of a bachelor's degree.
The grant will not be disbursed in any given semester until the student is enrolled full-time (12 or more credits). Courses taken through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) are not counted in meeting the requirement to be full-time. The grant is not available for use in the summer term.
Post-baccalaureate students (i.e. students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree) and graduate students are not eligible to receive the UM Need Grant.