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Online Colleges in Maine

Most Affordable Online Colleges

Introduction

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

According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2014, among the state's more than 943,000 residents over the age of 25, nearly 18 percent have earned an undergraduate degree. One in 10 residents has a graduate or professional degree, and 9.2 percent have an associate degree. Among those in Maine between 18 and 24 years old, more than 46.2 percent have some college education or an associate degree.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Maine has just over 586,300 workers, and those workers earned an annual mean wage of $42,140 in 2014 — about $20.26 an hour. Figures from the Census Bureau show that it pays to have a degree in Maine. The Census Bureau reported in 2014 that those with a bachelor's degree earn a median annual salary of $41,871, while those with just a high school diploma earn $26,428. Also, those with a graduate or professional degree in Maine have a median annual salary of $53,614.

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.

Most Affordable Colleges in Maine

In addition to the seven campuses that the University of Maine system operates, Maine also boasts five conveniently located community colleges around the state. Read the following data below to learn more about online colleges in Maine, including a list of online colleges in Maine ranked by tuition costs, from the lowest to the highest.

1

Central Maine Community College

Tuition/Year
$2,700
Graduation Rate
23%
# of Online Degrees
1
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

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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2

Eastern Maine Community College

Tuition/Year
$2,700
Graduation Rate
25%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

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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3

Kennebec Valley Community College

Tuition/Year
$2,700
Graduation Rate
27%
# of Online Degrees
5
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

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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Washington County Community College

Tuition/Year
$2,700
Graduation Rate
32%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

Washington County Community College offers more than 20 major study areas that 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

Tuition/Year
$2,700
Graduation Rate
22%
# of Online Degrees
3
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

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 offered at York, including subjects ranging from accounting and computer science to digital media and veterinary technology, are offered online.
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6

University of Maine at Augusta

Tuition/Year
$6,510
Graduation Rate
11%
# of Online Degrees
23
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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7

University of Southern Maine

Tuition/Year
$6,578
Graduation Rate
32%
# of Online Degrees
11
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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8

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Tuition/Year
$6,600
Graduation Rate
50%
# of Online Degrees
8
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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9

University of Maine at Machias

Tuition/Year
$6,600
Graduation Rate
31%
# of Online Degrees
7
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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10

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Tuition/Year
$6,600
Graduation Rate
43%
# of Online Degrees
3
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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11

University of Maine at Farmington

Tuition/Year
$8,352
Graduation Rate
54%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

University of Maine’s Farmington campus, located near the geographic center of Maine, offers four online graduate certificates. It also offers two online master's degree programs: educational leadership and early childhood education.
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Top Cities For Students In Maine

Portland, Maine

Mean Wage

$45,480

Average Cost of a House

$237,500

# of Employed People

198,880

Total Population

514,000

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$37,762

Economics

There are 586,390 workers throughout the state of Maine, and roughly a third — 198,880 — live in the Portland metropolitan area, which includes the towns of Biddeford and South Portland. These workers earn a mean hourly wage of $21.86 or a mean annual salary of $45,480, according to the BLS in 2014.

Demographics

In 2014, Portland alone was home to 66,317 residents. Among the nearly 48,000 residents who were 25 or older, 28 percent had a bachelor’s degree and 17 percent had a graduate or professional degree.

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, Maine

Mean Wage

$40,510

Average Cost of a House

$145,400

# of Employed People

63,720

Total Population

153,923

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$34,660

Economics

The Bangor metropolitan area is home to 63,720 workers, which is about 10 percent of the state’s total workers. The BLS reports that people in this area earned a mean wage of $19.48 an hour or a mean yearly wage of $40,510 in 2014.

Demographics

About 33,000 people live within the city limits of Bangor, and 21,709 of them are 25 or older. Nearly 18 percent of that group has a bachelor’s degree, and 11 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

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.

Augusta-Waterville, Maine

Mean Wage

$40,760

Average Cost of a House

$131,300

# of Employed People

NA

Total Population

122,156

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$41,465

Economics

The nonmetropolitan area of southwest Maine, with includes both Waterville and Augusta, the state capital, is home to 192,090 workers. They earn a mean hourly wage of $19.48, for a mean annual salary of $40,520 in 2014, according to the BLS.

Demographics

Southwest Maine encompasses scores of small towns and villages. Augusta and Waterville are two of the larger cities within this region between Portland to the south and Bangor to the north. Augusta, with a population of nearly 20,000, is home to 13,784 residents who are 25 or older; 15 percent of these residents hold a bachelor’s degree. Waterville, a town of 15,772, has 10,106 residents who are 25 or older, and 12 percent of that age group has a bachelor’s degree.

Fun Facts

Augusta, like many significant Maine towns, is steeped in history. Is is home to Fort Western, the Maine State Museum and the Blaine House. For those more interested in outdoor activities, a visit to nearby Messalonskee Lake might be in order.

 
Other Maine Resources

Sources:
  1. American Factfinder, U.S. Census Bureau, accessed November 2015, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
  2. Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, http://www.usnews.com/education/community-colleges/central-maine-medical-center-college-of-nursing-and-health-professions-CC01162
  3. Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and metropolitan area, Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed November 2015, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.t01.htm
  4. Evening and Online Courses, Eastern Maine Community College, http://www.emcc.edu/enrollment-center/evening-online-courses/
  5. Maine: Things to Do, http://visitmaine.com/places-to-go/the-kennebec-valley/augusta/
  6. May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Maine, Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed November 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_me.htm
  7. Online Degree Programs, Areas of Study, Saint Joseph's College, https://www.sjcme.edu/academics/areas_of_study/online/
  8. Online Degree Programs, Kennebec Valley Community College, http://www.kvcc.me.edu/Pages/Off-Campus-Programs/Programs-Offered-Online
  9. Online Degree Programs, Southern New Hampshire University, http://www.snhu.edu/online-degrees/certificates
  10. Online Degree Programs, York County Community College, http://www.yccc.edu/online-learning/online-degree-programs/
  11. Online Learning, Central Maine Community College, http://cmconnect.cmcc.edu/ICS/Students/Course_Info_and_Registration.jnz?portlet=Course_Schedules&screen=Advanced+Course+Search&screenType=next
  12. Programs of Study, Washington County Community College, http://www.wccc.me.edu/academics/programs/programs-study/
  13. Things to do in Portland - A Visitor's Guide, Maine Today, http://mainetoday.com/maine-travel/things-to-do-in-portland-maine-visitors-guide-tourist/
  14. University College, University of Maine system, http://learn.maine.edu/programs/
  15. USM Online, University of Southern Maine, https://usm.maine.edu/online/degrees-certificates#undergraduate
  16. Visit Greater Bangor Maine, http://www.visitbangormaine.com/index.php?id=339&sub_id=282