more than 100 online and campus-based Starting Jan. 21, 2020

UMaine offering tuition-free early college spring courses for high school students

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 8:30am

ORONO — Through a partnership between the Maine Department of Education and the University of Maine, tuition is waived for all qualified high school students in Maine to cover full tuition for up to 12 college credits per year at the University of Maine, the state’s flagship public university. Eligible students are able to earn college credit while still in high school.

Starting Jan. 21, 2020 the University of Maine will offer more than 100 online and campus-based spring courses suitable for qualified high school students.

Classes are taught by UMaine faculty and meet general education requirements of the University of Maine System, as well as the majority of colleges nationwide. Students across the state will benefit from the flexibility and variety of live (in Belfast and Orono) and online early college courses offered this spring.

The University of Maine has a long history of being a leader in supporting Early College programming. UMaine’s signature online program, Academ-e, launched over 15 years ago. The UMaine Early College Program is committed to providing:

● Quality teaching and learning, college-level rigor and academic integrity

● Access and support to under-resourced communities and first-generation students

● Multiple layers of support to ensure student success, including a comprehensive orientation experience and academic advising

● Open access to world-class faculty through Maine’s flagship university

Registration is online: Interested students and parents are encouraged to contact Allison Small, Early College Programs coordinator, 207.581.8004; to learn more about the application process. 

About the University of Maine: 
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant, sea grant and space grant university. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state’s only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast, according to UMaine, in a news release. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

UMaine currently enrolls 11,561 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master’s, doctoral or professional science master’s degrees, as well as graduate certificates.

The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit