Student Accounts

Payment Options

Payment Options

E-check /ACH (electronic checks) - An electronic debit to a checking or savings account can be made online by logging on to the MaineStreet Student Center. There is no fee for this service.

Credit and Debit Cards - Credit and debit card payments are processed by Touchnet, an external payment processing company. Credit and debit card payments can be made online by logging on to the MaineStreet Student Center. Debit and credit card payments cannot be accepted by USM staff in person, through the mail or over the phone.
Touchnet will charge 2.75% (minimum $3.00) non-refundable convenience fee for all credit or debit card payments made to a student account.
Cards accepted are: Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express. 

Cash and Paper Checks - USM accepts cash, but please do not send it through the mail. We also accept personal checks, money orders, cashier's checks and traveler's checks. Please make checks payable to the University of Southern Maine and mail to USM Student Accounts Office, PO Box 9300, Portland Maine  04104-9300. Be sure to include the student ID number on the face of the check. We will not accept post dated checks.

Financial Aid- Student Financial Aid awards can be found by logging on to the MaineStreet Student Center. Other financial aid information can be found at http://usm.maine.edu/fin/.

Payment Plans - USM offers students the opportunity to enroll in a payment plan. Each plan has a non-refundable enrollment fee of $30.00 per semester

Scholarships-The student needs to provide copies of the outside scholarship(s) to the Financial Aid Office  AND the Student Accounts Office. 

Scholarships awarded by the University will post automatically to the student’s account.

The Student Accounts Office will mail a bill for scholarships awarded by non University donors after the add/drop period of each semester. 

Questions regarding scholarships awarded by non University donors can be directed to the Student Accounts Office at (207) 780-4028.

Questions regarding scholarships awarded by the University can be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (207) 780-5250.

3rd Party Billing-It is the student’s responsibility to obtain authorization from the third party sponsor.  The student or the third party sponsor will need to provide a hard copy of the authorization form to the Student Accounts Office before the payment due date.  (A late authorization could result in a late payment fee.) 

An authorization requires specific information pertaining to what the third party sponsor is willing to pay on the students’ behalf (i.e. tuition, fees, books, room, or board) and the specific dollar amount(s).  However, the third party sponsor must be willing to pay in advance of the student completing the class.  If the third party sponsor will not pay until completion of the class the student is responsible for the bill before the payment due date.  USM offers payment plans to help assist students in paying for their classes.   

The authorizations can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the following:

Student Accounts Office

University of Southern Maine

37 College Avenue

Gorham, ME  04038

Fax #: (207) 780-5590

Email:  cdecosta@usm.maine.edu

NOTE:   It is the student responsibility to make payment for any portion of the bill not covered by the third party sponsor, by the payment due date, to avoid late payment fees.

For questions about third party billing, contact us at the Student Accounts Office at (207) 780-5108 or by email at cdecosta@usm.maine.edu