Tuition-free early college summer courses for high school students available at UMaine and UMM

Through a partnership between the Maine Department of Education, the University of Maine and the University of Maine Machias (UMM), tuition is waived for all qualified Maine high school students, covering full tuition for up to 12 college credits per year at the two universities. Eligible students are able to earn college credit while still in high school.

UMaine and UMM offer over 100 fully online summer courses suitable for qualified high school students. Course start dates are in May, June, July and August.

Early college classes are taught by world-class 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 early college courses offered this summer. 

UMaine and UMM have a long history as leaders in supporting early college programming. UMaine’s signature online program, Academ-e, launched over 16 years ago. UMM offers early college certificates, offering 14 options with 10 available completely online.

The UMaine/UMM 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; and multiple layers of support to ensure student success, including a comprehensive orientation experience and academic advising.

Registration is online: Interested students and parents are encouraged to contact Allison Small, Early College Programs coordinator at UMaine, 207.581.8004; or Christy Alley, director of Early College at UMM, 207.255.1268; to learn more about the application process. 

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