Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

If you are transferring from a community college or another university, there are scholarships tailored just for you. These include the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship, the Weinberg Regents Scholarship and the Presidents Transfer Scholarship. Departments may have their own scholarships for transfer students as well.

Carefully review the details below for best scholarship consideration, as the eligibility requirements for each transfer scholarship vary. Students are only eligible to receive one merit scholarship.

The Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship (TAES ), which covers full tuition for four consecutive semesters, is the most prestigious merit scholarship we offer to transfer students. Both Fall and Spring applicants are eligible for the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship - awarded each Fall semester. The TAES application is embedded in the UMD Transfer Application available through Apply Yourself and will be due no later than March 1. Spring applicants are encouraged to complete their TAES application along with their general Transfer Application to the University of Maryland by August 1, but may access the paper application by e-mailing

Students applying for the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of the state of Maryland at the time the scholarship application is submitted, for tuition purposes (U. S. Citizen or Permanent Resident). Please review residency requirements and contact the Residency Classification Office if you have any questions.
  • Have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale for all college work, including work from institutions other than Maryland community colleges.
  • Must have completed (or be in the process of completing) 56 credits or earned an associate’s degree from a Maryland community college. The criteria must be met prior to the first semester of enrollment at the University of Maryland. Students completing their 56th credit must reflect that courses are in progress on their transcript or on the transfer application. For students who have attended other institutions in addition to a Maryland community college, the student’s most recent 30 credits must be earned at a Maryland community college.
  • Be a new applicant for Fall 2016 or currently enrolled in the Spring 2016 semester (no previous attendance at the University of Maryland).
  • Must demonstrate English language proficiency. A full-file review will be conducted to determine English language proficiency.


Financial Aid information and TAES Program Policy can be found here.

Eligibility requirements for the Weinberg Regents Scholarship and the Presidents Transfer Scholarship can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

UMD offers scholarships just for transfer students!

The Office of Student Financial Aid can also provide additional merit scholarship information. Visit their website by clicking here.

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