Tuition and Financial Aid
Students at USM finance their education in many ways. This page is designed to help you gather information about your options.
Tuition and Fees
Each year, the University of Maine System sets USM tuition rates for the coming academic year. For 2014-2015, tuition rates are:
Maine Resident.......$253/credit hour
Maine Resident.....$380/credit hour
In addition to tuition, there are several fees which must be paid each semester. For complete information about tuition and fees, payment policies, and related information, please visit the Student Accounts Office.
Many undergraduate and graduate students receive some type of assistance through the USM Office of Financial Aid. Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal and state grants, work-study, and loans, in addition to scholarships.
Graduate students commonly obtain loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized, to assist with their expenses. Students enrolled at least half-time (those taking at least six graduate credit hours per semester) are usually eligible for loans to cover tuition, books, and assist with living expenses. There are few government grant programs for graduate students; however, graduate students may be eligible for scholarships from university and private sources.
For more information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities outside of the Muskie School, we recommend you visit the USM Office of Financial Aid or call (207) 780-5250.
Muskie Graduate Assistantships
Students interested in one of the many graduate and research assistantships available at the Muskie School should fill out the Muskie School Graduate Scholarship and Graduate Assistantship Application form linked below
For more information on Graduate Assistantships, please visit our Graduate and Research Assistantships page.
Scholarships are available for matriculated Muskie School students who are enrolled in at least 6 credits each semester in the year for which a scholarship is awarded. The only exception for the 6-credit requirement is for doctoral students in the dissertation phase applying for the Muskie School General Scholarship or the Key Bank scholarship. For all scholarships, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA while receiving a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the School.
For more information on specific Muskie School scholarships, please visit our Scholarship Information page.
Deadline: Applications received by late February are given priority.The new USM Scholarship Portal for 2015-2016 academic year applications will be available soon!
Scholarship opportunities are also available through the USM Office of Financial Aid. This Website contains links to scholarship resources both inside and outside the University.