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 an incoming student, a current student, or a parent, we'll help you navigate the financial aid application process and answer your questions about scholarships, the FAFSA, loans, and more.

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Scholarships, Grants, Loans, Work Study, and Graduate Assistantships

There are many different ways to finance your education, whether you’re attending as an undergraduate or a graduate student. Speak with our Student Financial Services team about the various types of aid, including scholarships, federal student loan programs, work-study opportunities, and graduate assistantships.

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New England Regional Student Program

In cooperation with the New England Board of Higher Education, we can offer reduced tuition rates for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you live in one of these states, be sure to review the current list of eligible undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which varies from year to year.

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