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15-to-Finish - Learning to a Greater Degree Contract

15-to-Finish Scholarship

What is 15-to-Finish?

The 15-to-Finish Scholarship is part of UCM's Learning to a Greater Degree Contract.

Your degree at UCM requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, so if you earn the right 15 credit hours each semester for four years, you will graduate on time. Although some degree programs require additional credit hours, they can still be completed in four years by adding summer courses or taking a greater course load.

We encourage students to regularly meet with their academic advisor to help them stay on track. Four-year plans are available for all UCM majors and all degree requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Who is Eligible?

By fulfilling the scholarship requirements outlined below, all new, degree-seeking freshmen and transfer students who began at UCM in the summer of 2013 or later will be considered for a scholarship during their final semester at UCM. Scholarship proceeds will be credited to the student account for their graduation semester. Students who are finishing degree requirements in the summer semester will have the scholarship awarded during the spring semester prior to graduation.

  • $1,000 for students who begin as new freshmen
  • $500 for students who begin as new transfers

How to Stay on Track

To remain eligible for the 15-to-Finish Scholarships, you must:

  • Maintain continuous enrollment.
    • You will attend each fall/spring semester from when you begin college until you graduate.
    • Students suspended for academic or disciplinary reasons will not remain eligible.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
    • You must take at least 12 credit hours each fall/spring semester.
    • You must earn an average of 30 credit hours per academic year, so you may need to pick up summer classes to stay on track.
  • Graduate in four years.
    • You must earn the right credit hours each semester in order to graduate within four calendar years. For example, if you begin college in the Fall semester of 2014, you must graduate by the end of the Summer semester of 2018. This applies to both students who begin at UCM and who transfer to UCM.
    • Stay on track by meeting regularly with your academic and faculty advisors.
    • Follow the established four-year plan for your major as closely as possible.
  • Apply for graduation by the deadline and have your candidacy approved for that semester.
    • Spring/Summer graduation deadline: November 15
    • Fall graduation deadline: April 15