2014-15 Catalogs

Financial Information

Each year in May, as part of the annual budget process, the Chancellor shall present recommended tuition, fee, and room and board rates to the Board of Trustees for approval. (Tuition and fee rates become effective after the end of the summer term). The Board may alter any of these rates at its discretion. A student acknowledges this reservation by applying for admission or registering for courses.

Tuition charges are calculated by multiplying the number of credit hours attempted by a rate established by the Board of Trustees. Courses being audited are included in this calculation.  The type of tuition is usually determined by the level of the course.


Tuition rates for the 2014-2015 academic year

Undergraduate Tuition Charges Per Credit Hour  
Maine Resident$253.00 
Non-Maine Resident$665.00 
New England Regional Student Program$380.00 
Canadian Resident$380.00 
Graduate and Law Tuition Charges Per Credit Hour  
Maine Resident$ 380.00$ 743.00
Non-Maine Resident$1026.00$1112.00
New England Regional Student Program$ 570.00$1014.00
Canadian Resident$ 570.00$1014.00

Additional information about Law tuition and fees can be found at http://mainelaw.maine.edu/admissions/tuition-fees.html

New England Regional Student Program In cooperation with the New England Board of Higher Education, the University offers certain programs of study at a reduced tuition rate for qualified candidates from the New England states. Because the listing of available programs can vary from year to year, candidates should consult the information provided at http://www.nebhe.org/programs-overview/rsp-tuition-break/overview/. Details are also available at University admissions offices.


Fees for the 2014-2015 academic year

For All Students
  • Community Standards Fee A $35.00 fee is charged to any student who is sanctioned under the Conduct Code.
  • Course Fees To defray the costs associated with some courses, additional fees ranging from $5.00 to $360.00 are assessed. These fees are associated with courses requiring additional instructional resources.
  • Distance Learning Technology Fee Students registered at University College Centers and sites are charged a $6.00 per credit hour technology fee.
  • Insufficient Funds Fee A $25.00 fee is charged when a check is returned due to insufficient funds or when a credit card payment is declined.
  • Payment Plan Fee A $30.00 fee is charged to students enrolling in a University three, four, or five installment payment plan.
  • Late Payment Fee A $50.00 fee (to a maximum of $200.00) is charged to student accounts not paid when bill is due.
  • Online Course Enrollment Fee Students registering for online classes are charged a $25 per credit hour fee for all blended and online courses to help pay for additional student services including tutoring, advising and library services. The fee also provides for faculty support services, technology infrastructure, maintenance and upgrades.
  • Student Health and Counseling Fee A mandatory $80.00 health fee is charged to students registered for six or more credits of instructional activities emanating from the Portland and/or Gorham campus for fall and spring semesters. Such activities include independent study, internships, field experiences, etc. Credits for regular classes taken at off-campus locations are omitted when determining this fee.
         Optional coverage is available to students who register for fewer than six credits. For more information about the services covered by the student health and counseling fee and the cost of enrolling after the four-week open enrollment period, contact University Health Services.
  • Student Health Insurance  All undergraduate students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours and graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours are required by the University of Maine System to maintain health insurance coverage.  Additional information about the health insurance requirement is available from University Health and Counseling Services at 207-780-5411 or at http://usm.maine.edu/uhcs.
  • Summer Session Administration Fee Students registering for Summer Session classes are assessed a $35.00 fee to support summer administrative costs.
  • Transportation Fee A mandatory semester fee is assessed to all students registered for courses that are held on the Portland and/or Gorham campuses. It funds parking and other transportation-related projects, as well as busing between campuses. It eliminates the need to pay for required parking decals.
    Credits AttemptedFee
  • Lewiston-Auburn College Parking Fee A mandatory $3.00 per credit hour fee is assessed to students registered for courses held on the LAC campus.
  • Unified Fee A mandatory $28.00 per credit hour fee assessed to cover fixed costs of providing educational services not already supported by tuition charges.
Additional Undergraduate Fees
  • Activity Fee Students taking undergraduate courses are assessed a mandatory student activity fee. The amount charged depends on the number of credit hours attempted.  Students registering for undergraduate courses taught at Lewiston-Auburn College or University of Maine System Off-Campus Centers are charged $1.50 per credit hour.
    Credits AttemptedFee
  • Administrative Fee for Study Abroad /National Student Exchange A one-time $150.00 fee is charged to students applying to study abroad or through the National Student Exchange.
  • Application Fee A $40.00 fee is charged when a student applies for admission to an undergraduate program.
  • Enrollment Fee A mandatory $175.00 fee is charged to newly admitted undergraduate students. This fee is charged only once.
  • Prior Learning Assessment Fee Charges for exams offered by the Office of Prior Learning Assessment can be found at http://usm.maine.edu/pla.
  • Reactivation/Readmission Fee A mandatory $20.00 fee is charged to students who have previously applied for admission but did not complete the admission process, or who leave for several years and wish to become degree candidates again.
  • Specialty Accreditation Fee A $26.00 per credit hour fee is charged to students enrolling in upper-level undergraduate courses (300-400 level) offered by the School of Business. Students enrolling in graduate level courses will be charged $67.00 per credit hourA $17.00 per credit hour fee is charged to students enrolling in lower-level undergraduate (100-200 level) courses offered by the School of Business.  The fee will support research and scholarship activities that help assure the school's continued accreditation by an international organization.
Additional Graduate Fees
  • Application Fee A mandatory $65.00 fee is charged at the time of application to a graduate program. A mandatory $50.00 fee is charged at the time of application for admission to the School of Law.
  • Distance Learning Course Support Fee Students registering for ITV and videoconferencing courses are charged a $12.00 per credit fee to defray mailing costs.
  • Graduate Certificate Application Fee A one-time fee charged to applicants to a certificate program.
  • Graduate Student Enrollment Fee A one-time $60.00 fee charged to newly matriculated graduate students.
  • Graduate Non-Matriculated Student Fee A $25.00 fee charged per semester to non-matriculated graduate students.
  • Law Student Activity Fee A $50.00 fee is charged to all students registered for 6 or more credit hours.
  • MBA Orientation Fee An $80.00 fee is charged to all students admitted to the M.B.A. program. The fee covers the cost of a one-day experiential learning exercise, required during the first year of enrollment.
  • MFA Graduation Residency A $530 fee is charged during the final residency in the MFA (Stone Coast) program.
  • Reapplication Fee A $15.00 fee is charged to students who have previously applied for admission to a graduate program but did not complete the admissions process, or who returns after an absence and wishes to reapply.

Room and Board

USM Meal Plans

The University offers several different resident student meal plans. Information about resident meal plans is available from the Department of Residential Life.  A description of meal plan choices and current rates can be found at http://usm.maine.edu/reslife.

Commuter Meal Plans

Commuter meal plans allow students to purchase food at a discount. Information about the plans is available from the Department of Residential Life, Dining Services, and Campus Card Services.


University residence halls are located on the Gorham campus. Information about housing is available from the Department of Residential Life, 100 Upton Hall, Gorham (780-5240). While the student is billed by the semester, the housing contract is for the full academic year.  A description of room types and current rates can be found at http://usm.maine.edu/reslife

Other Expenses

Books and Supplies Students are responsible for the purchase of books and supplies. Payment is made at the time of purchase.


For Undergraduate Applications

When a student is notified of acceptance into a University undergraduate degree program, a $100.00 enrollment deposit is due by May 1 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester.  If admitted for the fall semester after May 1, a deposit is due within 15 days. The deposit will be applied to tuition charges. The deposit will be forfeited if the student notifies Undergraduate Admission of their intention to withdraw after May 1 or January 2.

For Law School Applications

Students admitted to the School of Law must pay a nonrefundable $250.00 deposit by April 15 or within two weeks of acceptance if admitted after April 1. An additional $250.00 deposit is due by June 15. Checks should be mailed directly to the School of Law. This deposit will be applied to tuition charges if the student registers and remains enrolled; otherwise it is forfeited. With permission of the Law School, payment may be postponed in cases of extreme hardship.

For Graduate Applications

Graduate programs requiring a deposit include occupational therapy, creative writing, extended teacher education program, and the nursing option for non-nurses with baccalaureate degrees. Other graduate programs do not require a deposit. Students should consult their letter of admission for deposit due dates.

For Students Living in Campus Housing

Students who are approved for on-campus housing must pay a $75.00 room deposit. Usually the deposit is applied to the fall bill. If a student notifies Residential Life in writing that housing is not desired before June 1, the deposit will be refunded. If notification is received after June 1, the deposit is forfeited. Students applying for Spring housing, should contact Residential Life for payment and refund deadlines.

Payment Policies and Procedures for all students


Students can access MaineStreet billing statements, specific semester due dates, and other important account information at http://usm.maine.edu/studentaccounts. The University is not obligated to mail paper billing statements.

It is critical that official University e-mail accounts are checked often by all students. In many cases, it will be the only means of receiving important information from Student Accounts and other University departments.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all addresses recorded on MaineStreet are correct.

Payment options:
  • ACH (electronic check) ACH payments are made online. A fee is not charged for this type of payment.
  • Cash Cash payment may be made at the Student Accounts Office or at an off-campus center. Cash should not be mailed.
  • Checks Paper checks should be made payable to the University of Southern Maine. The student's name and student I.D. number should be shown on the check.
  • Credit Cards USM uses an outside vendor to process card payments. The student is charged a convenience fee by the vendor.  All credit card payments are made online.
  • Financial Aid from USM The University offers eligible students grants, scholarships, loans, and employment opportunities. Grants, scholarships, and loans are credited for payment of University charges. Additional information can be obtained from Student Financial Aid.
  • Installment Payment The University offers a variety of payment plans. Information about these plans is available from Student Accounts.
  • Outside Scholarships A student must notify Student Accounts of any non-University scholarships, to be used to pay University charges, prior to the date payment is due. Upon receipt of proper documentation, the University may extend the payment due date.
  • Third Party Payments A student must give Student Accounts written authorization from the agency/employer prior to the payment due date. No conditional payment offers will be accepted. Please note: if, for any reason, the third party does not make payment, the student is liable for all charges.

Each semester, the University establishes specific dates payment is due and notifies students of these dates on bills, through University publications, and at http://usm.maine.edu/studentaccounts.

All charges posted to student accounts after the posted semester or term payment due date must be paid when incurred.

A late fee is charged if payment is not received by the due date. Students with past due charges are not allowed to re-register. Students who show a pattern of late payment may be required to pay all University charges before registration is allowed.The University reserves the right to cancel a current semester's registration, preventing a student from receiving grades or credit for courses, if outstanding charges are not paid.

Transcripts, certification of graduation, and other records will be withheld from students who have not paid all bills and loans due the University. This includes bills for damage to University property and unpaid charges or fines owed to other University departments.

Financial Adjustments for Tuition, Fees, Room and Board

Adding Courses Adding courses at any time may result in additional charges to the student’s account.

Dropping Some Courses A student who remains registered is not charged for any dropped course that meets for twelve weeks or longer, if the course is dropped prior to the end of the second week (14 days). All charges remain on a student account for a course dropped after the 14 day deadline.

For courses that meet for less than twelve weeks, the deadline to drop with a 100% reduction of charges is one day for each week the course is scheduled to meet (e.g. the deadline to drop a five week course is prior to the end of the fifth day). All charges remain on a student account for a course dropped after the deadline.

Withdrawing from All Courses A student is not charged when withdrawing from all University of Maine System courses that meet for twelve weeks or longer, if the withdrawal is submitted prior to the end of the second week (14 days).  Tuition and mandatory fees are adjusted at a percentage for students withdrawing from all courses after 14 days. The adjustment schedule is available at http://usm.maine.edu/studentaccounts .

For courses that meet for less than twelve weeks, the deadline to withdraw with a 100% reduction of charges is one day for each week individual courses are scheduled to meet (e.g. the deadline to drop a five week course is prior to the end of the fifth day). All charges remain on a student account when a student withdraws from all courses after the deadline.

Determination of Attendance For purposes of calculating financial adjustments for students dropping from some or withdrawing from all courses, attendance includes weekends and holidays and ends on the student’s last date of attendance as determined when (s)he notifies the institution's designated official office that (s)he has stopped attending. The length of a class is defined on the official class schedule. Changes in scheduled classes (beginning or ending) by the instructor are not considered when calculating adjustments. 

Room and Board Adjustments All adjustments to room charges are governed by the terms of the Residence Hall Contract. Students who withdraw from the University are charged for meals at an established pro-rated daily rate. Additional information is available from the Department of Residential Life or at http://usm.maine.edu/reslife/  

Involuntary Withdrawals Consideration for financial adjustments of charges for involuntary withdrawals (e.g. extended illness, military service) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such requests will be considered only if received within 90 days of the end of the semester involved. Charges will not be reduced for voluntary absence from classes. Contact the Student Accounts Office for additional information about this appeal process.

Administrative dismissals are not entitled to an adjustment of institutional charges.

Students registering at other University of Maine System campuses should contact billing offices at those institutions with questions regarding financial adjustments.

Rules Governing In-State and Out-of-State Tuition

There are many factors that will be considered in determining residency for in-state tuition purposes. No one factor can be used to establish domicile; rather, all factors and circumstances must be considered on a case-by-case basis. A domicile or residency classification assigned by a public or private authority neither qualifies nor disqualifies a student for University of Maine System (UMS) in-state status.

A student applying for admission to a degree program is classified as eligible, or not eligible, for in-state tuition at the time of acceptance to the University. A non-matriculated (non-degree) student is classified as eligible, or not eligible, for in-state tuition at the time of registration. The decision, made by the director of Student Accounts, or other officials designated by the campus, (this authority is granted to all Admission directors), shall be made based on information and documentation furnished by the student and other information available to the University. No student is eligible for in-state tuition classification until he or she has become domiciled in Maine, in accordance with University guidelines, before such registration. If the student is enrolled full-time in an academic program, as defined by the University, it will be presumed that the student is in Maine for educational purposes, and that the student is not in Maine to establish a domicile. A residence established for the purpose of attending a UMS campus shall not by itself constitute domicile. The burden will be on the student to prove that he or she has established a Maine domicile for other than educational purposes. An individual who has lived in the state of Maine, for other than educational purposes, one year prior to registration or application to a campus is considered an in-state student.

In general, members of the Armed Forces and their dependents will be granted in-state tuition during such periods of time as they are on active duty within the state of Maine or if their military state of residency is Maine as evidenced by appropriate official documentation. A Maine resident who is absent from the state for military or full-time educational purposes will normally remain eligible for in-state tuition.  Honorably discharged veterans are eligible for the in-state tuition rate.

A student, spouse, or domestic partner of a student, who currently has continuous, permanent full-time employment in Maine before the student decides to apply for degree status at the University will be considered in-state for tuition purposes.

A student who is dependent on his/her parent(s) and/or legally appointed guardian (or to whom custody has been granted by court order) is considered to have a domicile with the parent(s) for tuition purposes.

In-state tuition is not available to anyone who holds a non-immigrant U.S. visa. If an individual is not a domiciliary of the United States, they cannot be a domiciliary of the state of Maine.

A student who attended an out-of-state educational institution at in-state tuition rates in the immediately preceding semester, shall be presumed to be in Maine for educational purposes and not to establish a domicile. Again, the burden will be on the individual to prove that he or she has established a Maine domicile for other than educational purposes.

To change tuition status, the following procedures must be followed:

A "Request for Change of Residence Status" must be filed with the director of Student Accounts or designee on or before the campus's first day of classes for the summer session, fall or spring semester for which residency is requested. All applications shall be prospective.

If the director of Student Accounts' written decision, to be issued within 30 days of the first day of classes, is considered incorrect by the student, the student may appeal that decision in writing, within 30 days, to the chief financial officer of the campus.

In the event that the director of Student Accounts, or other designated official, possesses facts or information indicating a student's change of status from in-state to out-of-state, the student shall be informed in writing of the change in status and will be given an opportunity to present facts in opposition to the change. The student may appeal the decision of the director of Student Accounts or other designated official as set forth in the preceding paragraph.

"Request for Change of Residence Status" applications are available at http://usm.maine.edu/studentaccounts or at the Student Accounts Office, 100 Bailey Hall, Gorham, or the Student Accounts Office, 118 Payson Smith Hall, Portland. Completed applications should be returned to the Student Accounts Office.