As a New England resident, you can receive a reduced tuition rate when you enroll in an eligible undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Southern Maine (USM).

We work in cooperation with the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)  to offer the following list of eligible degree programs for the Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition discount.

Degree programs with the RSP tuition discount

Degree programs listed may change annually.

Degree programEligible residents
Applied Technical Leadership* (BS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Art — Art and Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Art — Art Education Concentration (BFA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Art — Art History (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Studio Art (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Studio Arts (BFA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Athletic Training* (BS)RI
Computer Science (BS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Criminology (BA)NH
Cybersecurity (BS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Electrical and Computer Engineering (BS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Environmental Planning and Policy (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Geography-Anthropology (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Information Technology (BS)RI
Liberal Studies-Humanities (BA)MA
Linguistics (BA)RI
Linguistics — American Sign Language (ASL) Linguistics Concentration (BA)CT, RI, VT
Linguistics — Speech and Language Science Concentration (BA)MA, RI
Management (BS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Mechanical Engineering (BS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music Education (BM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music Performance (BM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music Performance — Composition Concentration (BM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music Performance — Jazz Concentration (BM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music Performance — Piano Pedagogy Concentration (BM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music Performance — Musical Theatre Concentration (BM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Natural and Applied Sciences* (BS)CT, VT
Nursing — Accelerated Program⧆ (BS)NH, RI, VT
Philosophy (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Physics (BS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Public Health (BS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Recreation and Leisure Studies — Therapeutic Recreation Concentration (BS)MA, RI, VT
Sociology (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Technology Management (BS)RI, VT
Theatre (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Tourism and Hospitality (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Women and Gender Studies (BA)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
*We are not currently admitting students to this program. Please check with your Admissions Counselor for any changes to this status.
⧆ This program has a special RSP rate.

Degree programs listed may change annually.

Master’s degree programs

Degree programEligible residents
Adult and Higher Education (MS)MA, NH, VT
Music — Composition (MM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music — Conducting (MM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music — Jazz (MM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music Education (MM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music — Pedagogy (MM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Music — Performance (MM)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Nursing — Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Nursing — Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner* (MS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner (MS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Nursing — Option for Non-Nurses with Baccalaureate Degrees* (MS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Nursing — Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Nursing — RN to Master of Science Degree Program (MS)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Occupational Therapy (MOT)All in-state & out-of-state residents
Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM)All out-of-state residents
Public Health (MPH)All out-of-state residents
Special Education — Integrated General Education and Special Education Initial Teacher Certification* (MS)CT, MA, RI
*We are not currently admitting students to this program. Please check with your Admissions Counselor for any changes to this status.

Certificates of Advanced study

Certificate programEligible residents
Educational LeadershipNH, RI, VT

Doctoral degree programs

Degree programEligible residents
Nursing* (DNP)CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
Public Policy — Educational Leadership and Policy Concentration (PhD)CT, NH, RI
School Psychology (PsyD)All in-state & out-of-state residents
Law (JD)RI, VT
*We are not currently admitting students to this program. Please check with your Admissions Counselor for any changes to this status.

RSP tuition discount for the 2022–2023 academic year

Degree programOut-of-state tuition cost per creditRSP tuition cost per creditRSP tuition cost
per 3-credit course
Undergraduate$810$490$1,470
Graduate$1,250$734$2,202
IMPORTANT: Student Financial Services may revise your financial aid award package if you declare an RSP-eligible degree program as your intended major or program after being admitted to USM and receiving an initial financial aid award package. Additionally, the Nursing — Accelerated Program has a different RSP rate.

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