Welcome to Commuter and Nontraditional Students Programs!

We are located in the Wade Center on the bottom floor of the Memorial Union.  If you have any questions about Commuter and Non-Traditional Programs, please e-mail Andrea Gifford at agifford@maine.edu or stop by and speak with one of our staff.  Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Small UMS Debt Forgiveness Program

The University of Maine System Small Debt Forgiveness Program erases small past balances for students wanting to obtain a degree/credential! Find out more information here:

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Podcasts Series from Student Accessibility Services

Do you enjoy podcasts? Check out SAS’s most recent releases here.

Student Accessibility Services image describing their collection of podcasts as: a collection of resources and tools to help navigate your college experience.

You can also access the podcast transcripts here.

The Writing Center: Online Tutoring

Need some assistance with an assignment, paper, or project your working on writing? The Writing Center is open and booking Online Tutoring sessions. 

More information here!

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Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP) provides a comprehensive set of programs and services for our commuting students that enhances their educational experience and supports their retention and success at the University of Maine. Our programs and services assist commuter and nontraditional students to connect with the UMaine community and successfully pursue their academic goals. The CNTSP office is committed to fostering a university climate that includes and integrates commuter and nontraditional students. This office collaborates with other university departments and local towns to raise awareness of the specific needs and concerns of these student populations. CNTSP is a unit within the Division of Student Life and is based in the Commuter Lounge located in the Wade Center, ground floor of Memorial Union.

Who is a commuter student ?

You are a commuter student whether you live across the street and walk to campus, use the Black Bear Orono Express, or drive daily from Ellsworth or further.  If you do not live in UMaine housing you are a commuter. Over 60 percent of UMaine undergraduates live off campus.  Within this large group of commuter students there are nontraditional students who represent about 4-5% of UMaine undergraduates.

Who is a nontraditional student?

 Nontraditional students, have generally chosen to pursue a UMaine bachelors degree while already managing many other life roles. Nontraditional students are those who have chosen to come to college several years past their graduation from high school, undergraduates who are 24 years or older, are married, are parents themselves and/or have been through other life circumstances that differentiate them from the traditional path.