You’re Near the Finish Line.

We’re here to help you cross it. You’ve earned significant credits toward your UMBC degree. Let’s get you what you need to finish.

It’s Easier than Ever to Complete Your Degree at UMBC

UMBC offers hundreds of classes online, from general education courses to major requirements. Now there’s an opportunity for you to come back and finish your degree without the extra demands of traveling to campus.

This is just a sampling of the hundreds of courses currently offered online or in hybrid mode:

  • Foreign Language Courses
  • Math and Statistics Courses
  • Science Courses (including Lab Courses)
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Upper-Level Courses
  • Major Courses Capstone,
  • Research, and Independent Study Course

Dedicated Support Staff

Now you’ve got a lot on your plate. That’s why we’ve created a designated team to support you as you go through the readmission process:

  • An enrollment advisor to guide you through the readmission process
  • An assigned financial aid counselor to help you understand your funding options
  • A dedicated academic advisor to assist you with degree requirements and course selection questions

Near Completer Grants and Financial Aid

There are a variety of grants, scholarships and loans to help with the cost of education.  Some are designed especially for returning students, like you including:

  • Near Completer Grants 
  • State Grants and Scholarships 
  • Grants and Loans through FAFSA

Finish Line By the Numbers


Finish Line students have completed their degrees


Average age of Finish Line students


Average GPA of Finish Line students


Average prior credits Finish Line students have earned


Finish Line students are from out of state

Straight from the Finish Line

See what our Finish Line students have to say about their experience.

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Christopher Lee


UX Content Strategist for Facebook

Returned to UMBC in Fall 2020

“Despite the fact that I took a slightly different pathway to where I’m headed, and someone else might take a less winding route—I’m glad there’s a system at UMBC to support that.”

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Kelly Broderick

Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies

Returned to UMBC in Fall 2020

“For me, this is a personal thing. I just want to know I can finish my degree. Although I’ve mostly moved past the point in my career where it affects me to not have a degree, because of my experience, I’m excited to not have that be a hurdle in my future job search.”


Sheila Abellano


Returned to UMBC in Fall 2021

“Just knowing that UMBC had created a program for returning students like me, gave me the motivation I needed to keep going.”


A Degree Built Just for You

Our lives rarely follow a linear path, and so we know that the degree you started earning at UMBC may not be the degree you need now. That’s why we’re proud to announce that we’ve just created a brand new degree track within our Individualized Study Program for Finish Line students like you. 

The new Multidisciplinary Studies program will allow you to design your curriculum semester-by-semester with the guidance of a faculty advisor, which sets you up to create a customized degree that fits where you want to go in your career.