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Guide to Online Colleges in Maine

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Earning a degree through one of Maine's online colleges may help you to qualify for a higher-skill (and higher-wage) job in one of Maine's key — and growing — industries, such as renewable energy, forest products, life sciences (like biotechnology), hospitality and tourism, or advanced materials and composites.

The flexibility of distance education means you can study around your current work schedule or family responsibilities while still pursuing an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree program — an important educational step that can help you begin or enhance your career in just about any field.

Let's take a look at what you can expect from online colleges in Maine.

  • 16 colleges in Maine currently offer online associate degree programs, 14 offer online bachelor's degree programs, and 10 provide online master's degree programs.
  • Of the 19 online colleges in Maine, 12 are public and 7 are private, including one faith-based college and one that focuses on the arts.
  • Kaplan University-Augusta Campus, Kaplan University-Maine Campus, and University of Maine at Augusta offer the most online degree programs.
  • The Maine Community College System consists of seven two-year institutions with six additional off-campus educational centers that offer distance education.

The state of Maine is eager to bring higher education to underserved areas of The Pine Tree State in order to increase college graduation rates. The statewide program, Bring College to ME, offers programs related to early childhood education, medical assisting, and emergency medical services.

Read on to learn about the best colleges in the state as well as the most affordable ones at the two-year and 4-year level. You can also learn about opportunities for eligible students to pay for their education through Maine-specific scholarships and student loans available through the Finance Authority of Maine or FAME.

What Makes a Good Online College?

There are many opportunities for higher education within the state of Maine. That's why rankings exist: to help students narrow down their options and choose the school that best suits their needs.

Our rankings of the best online colleges in Maine only display accredited schools in the Pine Tree State. Whether online or on-campus, students should always check to see if the schools they are considering are accredited (for specifics about why, visit our "What is College Accreditation?" page). Regional accreditation in Maine is provided through the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), while some schools might hold national accreditation through an agency such as the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) or the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). If you're not sure whether a particular accreditation agency is valid in Maine, check at the Maine State Board of Education.

To create our rankings, we judge schools based on factors that are relevant to the online college experience, and we display much of our data in order to help students make better-informed decisions. Some of our criteria include graduation and retention rates, the number of online programs offered and resources available for online students, such as the total electronic library collections in each school. For a full list of our criteria and why we chose them, please visit the "What Makes a Good Online College" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Maine for 2018-19

What follows is a list of what we judge to be the 10 best online colleges in Maine, compiled using data from the National Center for Education Statistics. This list offers details about the types of online programs available at schools, benefits available to online learners and the typical cost of in-state tuition. You can also create rankings based on your own preferences by using our Top Colleges Tool. Details about the methodology used in creating this list are at the bottom of the page.

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Methodology
1

University of Maine at Augusta

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,808
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.
73%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
29
School Type
4-year

The University of Maine at Augusta offers distance learning not just through online means, but also through video conferencing and interactive television. Associate, bachelor's, post-baccalaureate and certificate programs are available in these formats, in disciplines such as business administration, computer information systems, information and library science, and justice studies. Distance students can also complete minors in fields like addiction studies, music, and web applications.

The university offers a plethora of individual courses online, delivered using the learning platform Blackboard. For some classes, students may need to head to one of the university's 25 different physical locations, either to participate in interactive television or to take an exam.

2

University of Maine

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,902
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.
30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26
School Type
4-year

The online offerings of the University of Maine, in Orono, allow students to "Be a Black Bear" from any place they are located, whether they are interested in pursuing online undergraduate or graduate degrees. Available programs include a Master of Science in spatial informatics; a Master of Business Administration; and a 12-credit certificate in instructional design. The university also offers hundreds of individual online courses across its winter and summer sessions.

Online students can find support and student services through the UMaine Online portal, among them the academic calendar, the bookstore, financial aid, the library and the tutoring center. UMaine advisors are available to answer questions for prospective students considering specific online courses and programs at the school.

3

University of Maine at Machias

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,680
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.
64%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

Known as Maine's Coastal University, the University of Maine at Machias is the easternmost university in the nation. The school launched as a teacher's college in 1909, but has come to offer online degree programs in fields from psychology and community studies, to business and entrepreneurial studies. Both of these degree programs give students the choice to pick a concentration as well. Online certificate programs are also available, among them human resource management, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Former students who live out-of-state, but who once attended UMM can benefit from the offer of in-state tuition to finish a degree program online. This is available through UMM's "tuition special," a program called "Mainers in Exile."

4

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$34,610
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.
54%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
4-year

Saint Joseph's College of Maine, founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy, has multiple online programs across various degree levels. Some of the college's programs are term-based, while others start monthly. Undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and non-credit options are available, and several minors can be taken to customize one's studies as well. Business administration, marketing, psychology, social work and theology are all disciplines for which online learning is an option.

Online students at Saint Joseph's can find tutoring and coursework assistance through the SMARTHINKING online tutoring service, and also have online access to the bookstore, library and the Brightspace learning portal. Furthermore, the school maintains a personal online academic advisor to help students understand administrative policies, program requirements and course content.

5

University of Southern Maine

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,638
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%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

Formed just after World War I in Portland as a response to the lack of educational opportunities for accountants, the University of Southern Maine is a public, regional, comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in a range of subjects.

USM's fully online offerings include Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences programs, along with three possible minors; master's degree programs in various subjects; and both graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in subjects such as gerontology, English as a Second Language and leadership. In some cases, students may be able to receive credits for transfers or for work experience.

Accreditation:

  • The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

96 Falmouth St., Portland,
ME 04103
 
6

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,965
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.
56%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
4-year

Students interested in online education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent can pursue associate degree programs in fields like accounting, criminal justice and emergency management. The university may even be the only school in the nation to offer an online associate degree program in conservation law enforcement. A handful of online bachelor's programs are also available, such as cyber-security, computer applications-information security and rural public safety administration.

Students at UMFK have many options for earning credit, and not just through online coursework. The university's Early College Maine Aspirations program offers high school students the opportunity to complete dual credits for high school electives and for college coursework through online courses. Students also may be able to earn credit for prior learning, including for work experience, certifications or particular licensures.

7

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,885
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.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
4
School Type
4-year

This small, public institution at nearly the tip-top of the United States is part of the seven-campus University of Maine System. UMPI prides itself on its Personalized Learning approach, which allows students to work at their own pace as they meet learning goals. Among its many benefits, personalized learning accommodates different learning styles and ability levels, because students can progress at their own speed, whether the learning takes place online or in a classroom.

Along with its numerous online course offerings, fully online programs at UMPI include English, history, psychology and an elementary teacher preparation program.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Location:

181 Main St., Presque Isle,
ME 04769
 
8

The University of New England

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$36,530
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.
51%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

At the University of New England, students can complete graduate-level degree programs in disciplines like applied nutrition, education, health informatics, public health and social work. Students also can take individual science prerequisite courses online for some degree programs, in fields such as biology, chemistry, nutrition and physiology.

Course delivery at UNE is offered through the Blackboard learning system, and students can find support from the school's academic specialists and academic success center. The graduate level programs at the University are offered through the UNE Online Worldwide Learning (OWL); students can check out the UNE Online blog to find out more about what is happening at the school, particularly in online education.

9

Maine Maritime Academy

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,278
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.
1%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

The Maine Maritime Academy is a public, co-ed college along the coast in Castine, Maine. With a rigorous focus on engineering, management, science and transportation programs, MMA endeavors to help students build careers for themselves as mariners, engineers, supply chain managers, logistics professionals and scientists.

Though it does not offer online undergraduate programs as of June 2018, MMA's Loeb-Sullivan School of Graduate Studies does offer two distinctive online master's degree programs: the 19-month international logistics management program, and a two-year "Master's & Commander" program in maritime management.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Location:

1 Pleasant St., Castine,
ME 04420
 
10

Kennebec Valley Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,757
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%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
2-year

Online students at Kennebec Valley Community College can start off by taking the school's online learning quiz to determine whether the format is right for them, and then watch video tutorials to get used to Blackboard, the learning platform KVCC uses for online coursework. The school offers online programs in subjects like business administration and liberal studies, but also many more hybrid programs such as computer information systems, medical assisting and pulp & paper technology.

The MyKV online student Portal can be used to make payments, view a history of completed courses or to read messages from the school's president. Additionally, online KVCC students can use the school library to search journal databases, find films on demand and search through nursing references.

Affordable Online Colleges in Maine for 2018-19

If you're looking for the most affordable colleges offering distance education from Maine, you've come to the right place. Here we list some of the most affordable institutions in the state, using their in-state tuition as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

On the other hand, if you'd like to see online colleges of Maine ranked by different criteria, our Top Colleges Tool is available to do just that.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    York County Community College$3,57045%8yccc.edu
    Central Maine Community College$3,66032%3cmcc.edu
    Southern Maine Community College$3,71030%3smccme.edu
    Kennebec Valley Community College$3,75736%11kvcc.me.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    University of Maine at Machias$7,68064%5machias.edu
    University of Maine at Augusta$7,80873%29uma.edu
    University of Maine at Presque Isle$7,88544%4umpi.edu
    University of Maine at Fort Kent$7,96556%11umfk.maine.edu
    University of Southern Maine$8,63838%16usm.maine.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Maine

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Maine? 

1.The Mitchell Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a legal resident of Maine who plans to attend a two- or four-year degree program at an accredited college or university and must be a graduating senior from a public high school in Maine. Selection is based on academic promise, community impact and financial need.
Award Amount
$9,500
Application Deadline
April 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.Josephine Hooker Shain Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Georgetown, ME, who has applied to or has been accepted at an accredited college, university, or trade school.
Award Amount
$2,000
Application Deadline
April 30
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Maine State Society of Washington D.C. Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be under age 25, have been born in or have been a legal resident of the state of Maine for at least four years or have at least one parent who was born in or who has been a legal resident for at least four years, and be enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours at a four-year nonprofit college or university in Maine. Applicant must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and submit a student copy" of college transcript and a handwritten composition (500-word maximum) containing background information on applicant's qualifications for scholarship. SASE required. Award may only be used at Maine colleges and universities."
Award Amount
$2,500
Application Deadline
March 15
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.The Senator Joel Abromson Memorial Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a senior in a Maine high school who has been accepted to any institution of higher learning. Cover letter (with applicant's name, address, phone number, name of high school, and name of higher educational institution that he or she is planning to attend), two letters of recommendation, a copy of acceptance letter from the selected institution of higher education, and essay answering a specified question.
Award Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
April 15
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

Student Loans in Maine

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.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Maine

Maine is a top choice for many students, and you don't even have to live in the state to be eligible for reduced tuition rates. Colleges and universities offer a number of programs that make their education affordable to out-of-state students. That may be why institutions within the University of Maine System saw a 13.9 percent increase in out-of-state students in 2017 and 4.3 percent increase in 2018.

At The University of Maine, the Flagship Match Scholarship Program allows qualified first-year students to pay the resident rate for their home state's flagship institution. Those who don't qualify for the program could receive other scholarships to offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.

There is also a Tuition Break program open to residents of six New England states. If your chosen major isn't offered in your home state, Tuition Break can reduce your tuition costs. On average, out-of-state students receive $8,033 savings off non-resident tuition.

Each school will have its own financial aid programs so be sure to talk to an adviser to understand all your options. You can also visit the following links that have more information for non-residents who want to go to school in Maine.

 
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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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