Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Maine tuition is $8,580 per year for in-state residents. This is 22% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 63% cheaper than the average Maine tuition of $23,554 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 7th in Maine amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 14th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $27,960 which represents a 226% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,322 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,902.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,136 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Orono should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,200 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,200 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Maine residents to go to University of Maine is $24,238 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Maine residence can expect a one year cost of $43,618.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for University of Maine and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Maine
Estimated Budgets
Maine Resident Total Budget $24,238
   In-State Tuition$8,580
   Other Fees$2,322
   Room and Board$10,136
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,200
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $43,618
   Out-of-State Tuition$27,960
   Other Fees$2,322
   Room and Board$10,136
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,200
   Books and Supplies$1,000


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $24,238 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported University of Maine net price for in-state students is $16,505* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

84% of University of Maine students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,490. 36 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,132. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Maine, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Maine
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,505*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid84%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,490
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants36%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,132

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$13,150
$30,001 to $48,000$13,858
$48,001 to $75,000$16,553
$75,001 to $110,000$19,105

Average Financial Aid Mix - $24,238 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,238. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $8,490

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Maine or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 27% - $6,057

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 34% -  $7,491

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Maine
University of Massachusetts Boston57.4% more expensive
Worcester State University88.7% less expensive
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth53.4% more expensive
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts88% less expensive
Central Connecticut State University36.8% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of Maine.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at University of Maine is $96,952 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $15,075 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $60,300**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $121,190 or $75,375 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of Maine.

Maine Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,290
Maine Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,119
Non-Maine Resident Tuition Per Semester$13,980
Non-Maine Resident Total Cost Per Semester$21,809

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at University of Maine are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at University of Maine
Price per credit hour for Maine residents$286
Cost for one class for Maine residents (3 credit hours)$858
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$932
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,796
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,728


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 70% of University of Maine students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,057. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $32,438.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Maine? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $60,300, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $74,818.47. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Maine. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 84% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,075. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Maine student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of Maine Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$623.49
Amount Borrowed$60,300.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,518.47
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$74,818.47

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Maine? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Maine, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $74,818.47 would be needed to afford a $623.49 monthly payment in the example $60,300.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of Maine in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,370 to $8,580. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.5%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $96,952.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of Maine.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$33,333$133,332
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$42,542$170,169
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $54,296$217,183
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $62,854$251,417

Tuition History

What was tuition at University of Maine five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$8,370$24,090 4.5%
2011$8,010$23,040 -16.8%
2010$9,626$24,776 5.8%
2009$9,100$22,510 9.2%
2008$8,330$20,540 11.2%
2007$7,494$18,444 8.5%
2006$6,910$17,050 9.2%
2005$6,328$15,658 19.1%
2004$5,312$14,012 7%
2003$4,965$13,035 -17.7%
2002$6,032$12,886 24.9%
2001$4,829$12,299 3.7%
2000$4,656$11,946 2.3%
1999$4,551$11,631 4.9%
1998$4,339$11,209 4.8%
1997$4,139$10,679 5.5%
1996$3,925$10,075 7.2%
1995$3,661$9,421 7.5%
1994$3,406$8,806 10.4%
1993$3,086$7,976 13.5%
1992$2,718$6,948 13.4%
1991$2,397$6,177 14.6%
1990$2,092$5,422 8.1%
1989$1,936$4,996 4.9%
1988$1,846$4,864 22.3%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Maine to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 79 22% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 74 26% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 70 3% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 68 8% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 67 23% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 62 24% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 59 18% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 57 7% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 54 17% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 45 9% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 45 3% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 42 20% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 42 11% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 35 13% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 35 19% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 32 19% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 32 29% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 32 17% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 30 21% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 30 7% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 29 21% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 27 36% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 27 3% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 26 27% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 25 2% costlier
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 24 35% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 24 3% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 23 10% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 5% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 20 3% cheaper
Marine Sciences Bachelor's Degree 20 34% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 18 15% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 17 9% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 17 3% cheaper
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 16 30% costlier
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 16 18% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Bachelor's Degree 14 44% costlier
Mathematics and Statistics Bachelor's Degree 14 0% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 13 6% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 15% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 11 10% costlier
Economics, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 16% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 11 1% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 11 17% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 10 29% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 10 15% costlier
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 10 10% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 9 5% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 9 22% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 8 28% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 8 3% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 8% cheaper
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 8 5% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 20% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 7 4% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 7 9% costlier
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 6 33% costlier
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 6 13% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 7% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 5 5% costlier
Aquaculture Bachelor's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 11% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 4 11% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 1% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 17% cheaper
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 2 9% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier


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About University of Maine

University of Maine is a four year public college located in Orono, Maine.  Full time enrollment is 8,892 and part time is 2,327. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Maine at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of Maine
168 College Avenue
Orono, Maine

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Maine is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of Maine cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=161253 IPEDS survey data.