Free for qualified students.

Qualified concurrent enrollment and Aspirations students may earn up to 12 free credit hours per year (summer 2022, fall 2022, spring 2023). This total includes courses taken at Maine’s Public Universities and Maine’s Community Colleges.

Maine’s high school Early College students will not pay any fees except course specific materials or travel/housing fees (e.g. lab materials, art supplies, field trips, summer programs that include room and board).


Which students qualify for Aspirations funding?

Note: This is per Maine State Statue, not per University of Maine System policy.

  •  Publicly funded high school students
  • Students who attend a high school or academy classified as a Private Schools Approved for the Receipt of Public Funds and who are not private pay tuition (taxpayer dollars pay tuition for public students to attend these schools such as Fryeburg Academy or Thornton Academy)
  • Homeschool students who have registered with their local school district and the Maine Department of Education
  • International students who are living with a host family, attending school per a Superintendents agreement, and are NOT paying tuition to that school (for example exchange program students)

Which students do not qualify for Aspirations funding?

Note: This is per Maine State Statue, not per University of Maine System policy.

  • Students who attend private schools and pay tuition
  • International students who are paying tuition to a public or private high school
  • Any Maine student who is paying tuition to attend a public or private high school
  • Any out of state student
  • Homeschooled students who do not register with the Department of Education

How much do students pay if they do not qualify for Aspirations funding?

  • Maine high school students will be billed the Early College tuition rate.
  • The Early College tuition rate for Maine students is currently $138.25/credit but is subject to change when tuition rates change
  • Maine high school students will not pay any fees other than course specific materials or travel/housing fees, even if they do not qualify for Aspirations funding.
  • Students not attending a Maine high school should contact the Early College Administrator at the campus they wish to attend to learn more about costs for out-of-state students.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do students have to pay for books?

What happens when a student takes more than 12 credits per year?

How do campuses afford to offer tuition and fee free courses to Maine’s students?

What happens if students are not successful in the course?


For additional help or information please contact your University’s Early College Administrator.


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