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Online Colleges in Maine

Most Affordable Online Colleges

According to the state of Maine, there are nine four-year colleges and universities in Maine that offer online programs. These online colleges in Maine include the seven campuses of the University of Maine — Orono, Augusta, Presque Isle, Machias, Farmington, Fort Kent and Southern Maine — as well as Southern New Hampshire University in Brunswick, Maine, and Saint Joseph's College. In addition, several community colleges in Maine offer online degree programs as well as individual online classes that can be combined with face-to-face classes to work toward a degree. The number of online degree programs offered at online colleges in Maine at each level is as follows:

  • Online associate degree: 25 programs from 5 schools
  • Online bachelor's degree: 176 programs from 9 schools
  • Online graduate degree: 77 programs from 7 schools
  • Graduate certificate: 66 programs from 6 schools
  • Undergraduate certificate: 21 programs from 4 schools

Students can earn a bachelor's degree from 21 colleges in Maine. Eight of those schools are public colleges, including the University of Maine system of campuses, and 11 are private, nonprofit schools. The only private for-profit college in Maine, Kaplan University, operates two campuses in Maine, which are in Augusta and Portland.

Affordable Online Colleges in Maine

Maine boasts conveniently located community colleges around the state. Read the following data below to see a list of some of the most affordable online colleges in Maine.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Maine

1

Central Maine Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$2,700
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22.12%
Institution Type
Public

About

Central Maine offers two associate degree programs entirely online: medical coding and electronic health records. In addition, many of its other degree and certificate programs offer scores of online classes.

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Eastern Maine Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$2,700
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18.85%
Institution Type
Public

About

Eastern Maine Community College offers a wide range of evening and online courses for students pursuing an associate degree or planning to transfer to a four-year school. Online courses range from accounting and art to criminal law and oral communications.

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Kennebec Valley Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$2,700
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
38.08%
Institution Type
Public

About

Kennebec Valley Community College offers four programs that are fully or near-fully online: business administration, mental health technology, liberal studies, and pulp and paper technology. The latter program requires a face-to-face general chemistry class. Several other fields of study, including early childhood education and computer information systems, also have some online courses to complement face-to-face classes.

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4

Washington County Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$2,700
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
20.75%
Institution Type
Public

About

Washington County Community College offers more than 20 major study areas that can lead to an associate degree or certification. Many of these study areas include online classes that allow students to study at home at their convenience without traveling to campus. Study areas run the gamut from adventure recreation to information systems.

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5

York County Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$2,700
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43.63%
Institution Type
Public

About

York County Community College offers three online associate degree programs: behavioral health studies, criminal justice and liberal studies. The school also offers a certificate in web development. What's more, many of the classes that count toward an associate degree at York, including subjects ranging from accounting and computer science to digital media and veterinary technology, are offered online.

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Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Maine

1

University of Maine at Augusta

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,510
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68.61%
Institution Type
Public

About

The University of Maine Augusta campus offers nine online associate degree programs, 14 online bachelor's degree programs, 10 undergraduate certificates programs, and four postbaccalaureate programs. The bachelor's degree programs are in special education, social sciences, secondary education, public administration, mental health and human services, liberal studies, justice studies, information and library services, elementary teacher preparation, dental hygiene, cybersecurity, computer information systems, business administration and applied science. The online postbaccalaureate programs are offered in public administration, justice studies, cybersecurity and computer information systems.

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2

University of Southern Maine

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,578
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36.09%
Institution Type
Public

About

The University of Southern Maine, located in beautiful and historic Gorham, Maine, offers eight online bachelor's degree programs, including social and behavioral sciences, nursing, liberal studies, leadership and organizational studies, cybersecurity, communication, business administration and applied technical leadership. It also has an online master's degree program in adult and higher education. What's more, it offers six graduate certificates entirely online and three undergraduate certificates.

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3

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,600
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
61.26%
Institution Type
Public

About

The University of Maine at Fort Kent, which is perched on the northern Maine border with Canada, offers five online associate degree programs, seven online bachelor's degree programs and five undergraduate certificate programs. The online bachelor's degree programs are in business management-accounting, computer applications, business management-health care administration, cybersecurity, public safety administration, nursing, and university studies.

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4

University of Maine at Machias

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,600
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
53.22%
Institution Type
Public

About

This campus on the northeast coast of Maine offers online bachelor's degree programs in college studies, business and entrepreneurial studies, psychology and community studies, and special education. It also offers an online undergraduate certificate program in geographic information systems.

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5

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,660
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
65.39%
Institution Type
Public

About

The University of Maine campus in Presque Isle in northern Maine offers five bachelor's degree programs online and one associate degree program online. The available bachelor's degree programs are in elementary teacher preparation, English, history, liberal studies and psychology. The associate degree program is in medical laboratory technology.

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College Accreditation in Maine

Degree programs, career services support and financial aid aren't the only things students should consider when comparing colleges in Maine. Accreditation should also be high of the list of things to check. In fact, without proper accreditation, students may find they are unable to participate in federal financial aid programs.

There are several accrediting bodies that review Maine colleges. There are national accreditation programs for faith-based and career-related schools as well as degree programs that can be individually accredited. What's more, each state has a regional accrediting body. In Maine, it is the following:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education(NEASC-CIHE)

Although regional accreditation is voluntary, most schools choose to pursue this credential. If a school is not regionally accredited, students should confirm the institution is approved by an organization recognized by the Department of Education.

Financial Aid in Maine

Maine Loans

The state of Maine offers several student loans to its residents, each of which is provided by the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME). These loans are available primarily for students pursuing degrees in the fields of education and healthcare. You should always look into scholarships and grants before pursuing state, federal, or private loans since scholarship and grant money is "gift aid" that does not need to be repaid. Should you decide to seek federal financial assistance for your degree, keep in mind that you will need to fill out the FAFSA with details about your family's financial situation in order to qualify.

This forgivable loan program is for Maine residents studying in the education or child care fields. Loans are granted based on merit, with eligible candidates earning at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must also intend to work in Maine after graduation.

  • Application deadline:  May 1, 2017
  • Award amount:  Up to $3,000 per year ($12,000 total) for undergraduates
Maine residents may be eligible for this forgivable loan program if they are studying to become a dentist and intend to work in Maine after graduation. However, to receive loan forgiveness, primary dental care must be practiced full-time in an under-served area of the state.

  • Application deadline:  May 30, 2017
  • Award amount:  Up to $20,000 per year ($80,000 total)

Find out more about the process of applying for student loans and what types of loans are available in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Maine

  • FAME - Paying for College provides information for Maine students on all of the different ways they can obtain financial assistance for their education.

Featured Cities In Maine

Data for the charts on these featured metropolitan areas is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Fun Facts

There are a couple of must-sees when visiting Portland, Maine. One is the Old Port district of downtown Portland, where cobblestone streets are lined with great restaurants, bars and brew pubs. The second attraction is the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine, which has created a vibrant outlet shopping experience for the entire town.

Bangor, ME Metro Area

Total Population

153,437

Median salary for high school grads

$25,562

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$40,952

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

41.2%

Median rent

$734

Fun Facts

Bangor, in addition to being one of the favorite haunts of author Stephen King, is just a short drive from the magnificent Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor on the Maine Coast. The University of Maine is just a short drive away in Orono.

 
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