Costs & Financial Aid

Our Student Financial Services staff members at the University of Southern Maine (USM) are ready to help you build a college financing plan that works for you. As a public institution we offer an affordable price point and we want to work with our students and families to make sure each student can afford to attend. Student Financial Services staff help students focus on their education (not the cost) so students can gain the knowledge, skills and experience they need to succeed.


Applying for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

When it comes to paying for your education at USM, Student Financial Services is your go-to resource. Whether you are a first-time student, a continuing student, or a parent, we'll help you navigate the financial aid application process and answer your questions about loans, grants, scholarships, and more.

Scholarships, grants, loans, and work study

Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Work Study

There are many different ways to finance your USM education. Talk with our Student Financial Services team about various types of aid, including federal, state, and university funded grants, federal student loan programs, work-study opportunities, and scholarships. Explore our wide range of scholarship opportunities on the USM Scholarships page.

Strengthen your money skills with SALT

Strengthen Your Money Skills with SALT

As a USM student, you'll have access to SALT, a free online resource designed to help students finance their education, manage debt, and beef up their money skills. SALT helps you handle the many financial decisions you'll face after school, too. SALT educates and empowers you to truly own your finances by making it immediately rewarding, easy, and fun to make smarter student loan and financial decisions.

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