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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

How to apply for students (google slides presentation)
How to apply for students (text only accessible version of google slides presentation)
Homeschool Tutorial (.docx download)
Counselor/Admin Tutorial (.pdf download)

Frequently Asked Questions About ExplorEC

Parents & Students

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.

By signing below I am acknowledging that I am enrolling in courses I am eligible for.  Each student is responsible for his/her own conduct and agrees to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct while participating in Early College programs. The Student Code of Conduct and Early College guidelines from each campus are provided to inform and educate students about their rights and responsibilities and appropriate community standards of the University. Violation of the Student Code of Conduct is subject to University enforcement and possible sanctions, up to and including dismissal from University programs.

GRADES

I understand all grades become a permanent part of my college transcript. The University will provide my grades to my high school so that my courses will also be reflected on my high school transcript. I understand I may request a copy of my university transcript.

TUITION & FEES

I understand that I may be eligible for up to 12 tuition-free credits per academic year between all public institutions (including the University of Maine System and Maine’s Community Colleges) under the Aspirations Program operated by the Maine Department of Education (DOE). I acknowledge that to receive tuition-free credits I must meet minimum eligibility criteria established by DOE, which includes without limitation being a public high school/secondary school student or qualifying home-schooled student, with approval from the school unit.

I understand and agree that I shall be responsible for course specific fees and any tuition fees for courses in excess of the 12-credit-limit of the Aspirations Program or for any and all tuition fees if I am not eligible for participation in the Aspirations Program.

DROP/WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE

I understand that as an Early College student, I am included in the University’s FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) policy. My education records (including course grades and payment information) will be kept confidential and will only be shared with my permission or under provisions of the law. My parent(s) or guardian(s) will not be able to access my records unless I complete the FERPA waiver form and assign 4 digit PIN (personal identification number) to each person and share that number with them   By signing below, I authorize the appropriate offices or personnel within Maine’s Public Universities for the purpose of monitoring my education, to release information regarding my Educational Records which include: Academic, Financial Aid, Billing, Student Employment and UMS Student Code of Conduct information. I further consent to my Educational Records being released to appropriate administrators of my high school and the Maine Community College System for the purposes of recording grades on my transcripts, managing appropriate tuition reimbursement from the DOE, facilitating course selection, counseling, and reducing duplicate course enrollment.

*BRIDGE ACADEMY

*The following applies only to parents with students participating in the Bridge Academy program: Bridge Academy students will be responsible for paying a tuition rate of $40 per credit hour as well as books and materials for their courses (unless covered by the high school or a scholarship) There are no course fees for students enrolled in Bridge. Additionally, Bridge Academy students may enroll in up to 13 credits in the Fall semester to accommodate their cohort learning model and a year-long course delivery.

I agree to enroll my student in the Early College Program at the University. I agree to abide by the guidelines of the Early College Program as well as the University policies and procedures.

*GRADES

I understand all grades become a permanent part of the student’s college transcript.

*TUITION & FEES

I understand that my student may be eligible for up to 12 tuition-free credits per academic year between all public institutions (including the University of Maine System and Maine’s Community Colleges) under the Aspirations Program operated by the Maine Department of Education (DOE). I acknowledge that to receive tuition-free credits my student must meet minimum eligibility criteria established by DOE, which includes without limitation my student being a public high school/secondary school student or qualifying home-schooled student, with approval from the school unit. I understand and agree that I or my student shall be responsible for course specific fees and any tuition fees for courses in excess of the 12-credit-limit of the Aspirations Program or for any and all tuition fees if my student is not eligible for participation in the Aspirations Program.

*DROP/WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE

I understand that my student must use the Class Application or Drop/Withdraw Tab in ExplorEC to in order to drop a course within the add/drop period or the course will appear on the college transcript.

*FERPA

I understand that my Early College student is included in the University’s FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) policy. The student’s education records will be kept confidential and will only be shared if the student completes the FERPA waiver form and provides me with the PIN (personal identification number) chosen by the student. If my student completes the FERPA waiver form, I understand I will need to provide the PIN for verification purposes when I call the EC Administrator.

*BRIDGE ACADEMY

*The following applies only to parents with students participating in the Bridge Academy program:

Bridge Academy students will be responsible for paying a tuition rate of $40 per credit hour as well as books and materials for their courses (unless covered by the high school or a scholarship) There are no course fees for students enrolled in Bridge. Additionally, Bridge Academy students may enroll in up to 13 credits in the Fall semester to accommodate their cohort learning model and a year-long course delivery.

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as Amended, Maine’s Public Universities will not release student grades, schedules, or financial information to parents, or others, unless permission is given by the student. Using the ExplorEc Portal, you are encouraged to enter the name of parent(s) or guardian(s) that you wish to grant permission to access your education records (including course grades and payment information). You must also assign a 4 digit PIN (personal identification number) to each person and share that number with them. When your parent or guardian or counselor calls the EC Administrator, they will need to provide their PIN for verification purposes. This authorization will remain in effect until it is revoked in writing.

By signing the FERPA consent in the  ExplorEc Portal, you authorize the appropriate offices or personnel within Maine’s Public Universities for the purpose of monitoring your education, to release information regarding your Educational Records which include: Academic, Financial Aid, Billing, Student Employment and UMS Student Code of Conduct information. You further consent to your Educational Records being released to appropriate administrators of your high school and the Maine Community College System for the purposes of recording grades on your transcripts, managing appropriate tuition reimbursement from the DOE, facilitating course selection, counseling, and reducing duplicate course enrollment.

The University of Maine System is required under IRS regulations to provide a Form 1098-T to each student enrolled in a course that offers college credit. This also includes high school students enrolled through their high school. The University is also required to request the student’s Social Security Number to include on the 1098-T.

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 Administrator.

Additional Documents

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