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Online Colleges in Maine

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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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.

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.

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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