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 2013-2014, 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 Billing Office.
Many undergraduate 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. Half-time students (those taking at least six graduate credit hours per semester) are usually eligible for loans to cover tuition, books, and assist with living expenses. Full-time students (those taking at least 12 graduate credits per semester) are usually eligible for loans to cover tuition, fees, 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 School, we recommend you visit the website of the Office of Financial Aid or call (207) 780-5250.
SEHD Graduate Assistantships
The School of Education and Human Development has a limited number of graduate assistantships available to degree students in SEHD graduate programs who will enroll in at least six graduate credit hours each semester while employed. Assistantships are typically 10 hours per week. Depending on the type of assistantship, assistants are paid a monthly stipend based on the hours worked per week and may receive credit toward tuition depending on position (see application for details). Awards are usually made in late spring for the following academic year. Applications should be submitted by March 1 for priority consideration.
University Assistantships (Teaching and General)
The Office of Graduate Studies has listings and general information about teaching and graduate asistantships within the University.
The School of Education and Human Development has over 40 scholarship funds from which it awards more than $85,000 in scholarship monies each year. These scholarships are available to eligible students matriculated in SEHD programs who are taking at least six credit hours during the semesters for which they are receiving aid. Awards are made in the spring of each year for the following academic year.
- SEHD Scholarship Fund Descriptions (pdf)
- SEHD Graduate Scholarship Application, 2014-2015
- SEHD Teacher Education Scholarship Application, 2014-2015
- SEHD Scholarship Re-application, 2014-2015
- NSF Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowships, 2013-2014
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.