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To apply for Early College courses at Maine’s Public Universities you will need to create an account on the ExplorEC Portal at explorec.maine.edu. ExplorEC is designed to make it easier for students to sign up for Early College classes at all seven of Maine’s Public Universities.

Some highlights include:

  • No paper forms
  • Students will start the process online with parent approval
  • High school counselors will review and approve student applications
  • Electronic signatures will be accepted
  • Transcripts not required (though may be requested in some circumstances)
  • Once students have an account in the system their information will be saved for future applications

Training Materials

Student Tutorial (.docx download)
Homeschool Tutorial (.docx download)
Counselor/Admin Tutorial (.docx download)

Frequently Asked Questions About ExplorEC

Parents & Students

The University of Maine System is working towards consistency in fees. In the meantime, we have posted a summary of course fees for each program below.

For additional help or information please contact us.

Students should start with creating an account or logging in to the ExplorEC Portal. Student tutorials for how to set up an account can be found at the top of this page.  Once logged in to ExplorEC Portal, there will be a link to search for courses. Please note that the course search feature shows all 100, 200, and 300 level courses offered by our campuses to ensure a wide variety of options to meet the needs of all students. This does not necessarily mean all students will eligible to take all courses listed. The student must meet the prerequisites of the course to enroll. 

Log into ExplorEC and select the Drop/WD button. This will alert the Early College Administrator to remove the course. Your school counselor will also be notified.

High School Counselors & Administrators

We set up the course export from the University system (MaineStreet/PeopleSoft) to include course prerequisites. So, counselors will see the prerequisites with the course information. For example, if a student wants to sign up for Spanish 102, the prerequisite will show they need to have Spanish 101 first. Most students take entry level courses so this field will be blank. Here is a screenshot from a current student application:

Alt text: Under the label course there is ENV 200, Principles of Environmental Science at University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK). Under the label Pre-requisite there is a blank area that is highlighted. Under Faculty there is Thompson, Kirsten

That is correct. We will be processing these quickly as we want to ensure students are able to get a seat in classes that fill quickly. Our goal is 2 days or less. We may also use the notes section in ExplorEC if additional information about the student is needed. The notes field will log the correspondence in the system, and also generate an email to the counselor to indicate next steps.

The student can log into ExplorEC and select the Drop/WD button. This will alert the Early College Administrator to remove the course. The school counselor will also be notified.

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

Course Fees

Dual enrollment and Aspirations students may earn a total of up to 6 tuition free credits per semester for a total of 12 per academic year at all public institutions (including Maine’s Public Universities and Maine’s Community Colleges). Students are responsible for tuition charges that may be incurred for excess credits. Students are responsible for any fees and course costs, including books, not covered by the high school, grant, or other agency funding. Please refer to the table below.

Please note that this table does not include course specific fees such as lab fees that may be incurred.

CAMPUS Fees per Credit Other Fees
UMaine $0 Online Fee: $25/credit
UMFK $28/credit $0
UMM $15/credit Online Fee: $25/course
UMA $0 $0
USM $30/credit USM Dual Enrollment Students (courses at the high school): $75
USM Aspirations Students (courses at USM or online): Online fee (if applicable), transportation fee, student activity fee. (All per credit hour fees)
Average Cost/3 Cr. Class = $164
UMPI UMPI Dual Enrollment Students (courses at the high school): $20/credit
UMPI Aspirations Students (campus on-site classes): $30/credit
UMPI Aspirations Students (online & off-campus site classes): $20/credit; if applicable: distance learning course support fee $12/credit
UMF $0 $90 for one class, $175.90 for two classes

Additional Documents

Additional documents for Machias Memorial High School students, please complete and forward to your school counselor: