The University of Southern Maine (USM) is one of the most affordable university options in northern New England.

Excellent education at an affordable price

Our commitment to keeping our costs manageable goes beyond low tuition. You’ll be automatically considered for merit scholarships when you apply for admission. You can also apply for additional scholarships and financial aid.

Undergraduate tuition & estimated costs:
In-person & blended programs

Tuition differs depending on mode of study and whether you are an in-state, out-of-state, or Canadian resident. Tuition also differs for the Nursing — Traditional and Accelerated Programs.

Cost typeIn-state tuition*
Tuition for one year
(Full-time enrollment)
$8,640
Tuition per credit hour
(Part-time enrollment)
$288
2022-2023 academic year. Does not apply to Nursing —Traditional Program and Nursing — Accelerated Program. See Nursing section.
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.

What do these numbers mean?

  • Tuition for one year: Tuition is charged by the credit hour. The table above shows tuition for 30 credit hours per year. Enrolling in 30 credit hours per year means taking roughly 10 courses in a year.
  • Tuition per credit hour: This is the tuition for each course credit. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time?

  • Full-time enrollment: You’re considered full-time if you enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
  • Part-time enrollment: You’re considered part-time if you enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. Knowing the cost per credit hour can help you to determine your full tuition cost. View tuition and fees by credit hour.

In-state estimated costs per year

Your full cost will include tuition, fees, and other cost considerations. The costs and estimates below are based on full-time enrollment of 30 credit hours per year.

TypeCost
Tuition
(Full-time enrollment)
$8,640
Mandatory fees*$2,170
Housing & food**$10,708
Estimated cost for one year$21,518
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.
** Housing & food costs will vary depending on your room type.

Other costs to consider each year

These costs are not included on your University bill.

Books & supplies$800 is a rough estimate.*
Daily living expensesYour day-to-day personal costs, such as your cell phone, social activities, clothing, and laundry.
* This cost could vary based on your number of credit hours and area of study.
Cost typeOut-of-state tuition*
Tuition for one year
(Full-time enrollment)
$24,300
Tuition per credit hour
(Part-time enrollment)
$810
2022-2023 academic year. Does not apply to Nursing —Traditional Program and Nursing — Accelerated Program. See Nursing section.
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.

What do these numbers mean?

  • Tuition for one year: Tuition is charged by the credit hour. The table above shows tuition for 30 credit hours per year. Enrolling in 30 credit hours per year means taking roughly 10 courses in a year.
  • Tuition per credit hour: This is the tuition for each course credit. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time?

  • Full-time enrollment: You’re considered full-time if you enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
  • Part-time enrollment: You’re considered part-time if you enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. Knowing the cost per credit hour can help you to determine your full tuition cost. View tuition and fees by credit hour.

Are you from New England? You may be eligible for a tuition break. See New England Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition.


Out-of-state estimated costs per year

Your full cost will include tuition, fees, and other cost considerations. The costs and estimates below are based on full-time enrollment of 30 credit hours per year.

Cost typeOut-of-state tuition
Tuition for one year$24,300
Mandatory fees*$2,170
Housing & food**$10,708
Estimated cost for one year$37,178
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.
** Housing & food costs will vary depending on your room type.

Other costs to consider each year

These costs are not included on your University bill.

Books & supplies$800 is a rough estimate.*
TravelYour costs to travel to and from Maine.
Daily living expensesYour day-to-day personal costs, such as your cell phone, social activities, clothing, and laundry.
* This cost could vary based on your number of credit hours and area of study.

New England residents may be eligible to enroll in certain degree programs at a special reduced tuition rate. Learn more and browse RSP majors. If your state of residency and/or major are not eligible for the RSP rate, refer to the standard out-of-state tuition.

Cost typeNew England Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition*
Tuition for one year
(Full-time enrollment)
$14,700
Tuition per credit hour
(Part-time enrollment)
$490
2022-2023 academic year. See RSP majors for list of eligible programs and New England states. Does not apply to Nursing — Accelerated Program. See Nursing section.
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.

What do these numbers mean?

  • Tuition for one year: Tuition is charged by the credit hour. The table above shows tuition for 30 credit hours per year. Enrolling in 30 credit hours per year means taking roughly 10 courses in a year.
  • Tuition per credit hour: This is the tuition for each course credit. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time?

  • Full-time enrollment: You’re considered full-time if you enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
  • Part-time enrollment: You’re considered part-time if you enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. Knowing the cost per credit hour can help you to determine your full tuition cost. View tuition and fees by credit hour.

Estimated costs per year

Your full cost will include tuition, fees, and other cost considerations. The costs and estimates below are based on full-time enrollment of 30 credit hours per year.

Cost typeNew England Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition
Tuition for one year$14,700
Mandatory fees*$2,170
Housing & food**$10,708
Estimated cost for one year$27,578
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.
** Housing & food costs will vary depending on your room type.

Other costs to consider each year

These costs are not included on your University bill.

Books & supplies$800 is a rough estimate.*
TravelYour costs to travel to and from Maine.
Daily living expensesYour day-to-day personal costs, such as your cell phone, social activities, clothing, and laundry.
* This cost could vary based on your number of credit hours and area of study.
Cost typeCanadian tuition*
Tuition for one year
(Full-time enrollment)
$8,640
Tuition per credit hour
(Part-time enrollment)
$288
2022-2023 academic year. Does not apply to Nursing —Traditional Program and Nursing — Accelerated Program. See Nursing section.
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.

What do these numbers mean?

  • Tuition for one year: Tuition is charged by the credit hour. The table above shows tuition for 30 credit hours per year. Enrolling in 30 credit hours per year means taking roughly 10 courses in a year.
  • Tuition per credit hour: This is the tuition for each course credit. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time?

  • Full-time enrollment: You’re considered full-time if you enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
  • Part-time enrollment: You’re considered part-time if you enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. Knowing the cost per credit hour can help you to determine your full tuition cost. View tuition and fees by credit hour.

Canadian resident estimated costs per year

Your full cost will include tuition, fees, and other cost considerations. The costs and estimates below are based on full-time enrollment of 30 credit hours per year.

TypeCost
Tuition$8,640
Mandatory fees*$2,170
Housing & food**$10,708
Estimated cost for one year$21,518
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.
** Housing & food costs will vary depending on your room type.

Other costs to consider each year

These costs are not included on your University bill.

Books & supplies$800 is a rough estimate.*
TravelYour costs to travel to and from Maine.
Daily living expensesYour day-to-day personal costs, such as your cell phone, social activities, clothing, and laundry.
* This cost could vary based on your number of credit hours and area of study.

Our School of Nursing offers competitive tuition for the Nursing — Traditional Program and the Nursing — Accelerated Program.

Please note: For the Nursing — RN to BS program, refer to the above sections for in-state, out-of-state, and Canadian tuition.

Cost typeIn-state tuition*Out-of-state tuition*New England Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition*Canadian tuition*
Tuition for one year
(Full-time enrollment)
$8,910$25,020$15,150$8,910
Tuition per credit hour
(Part-time enrollment)
$297$834$505$297
2022-2023 academic year. Costs specific to the Nursing — Traditional Program and the Nursing — Accelerated Program.
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.

What do these numbers mean?

  • Tuition for one year: Tuition is charged by the credit hour. The table above shows tuition for 30 credit hours per year. Enrolling in 30 credit hours per year means taking roughly 10 courses in a year.
  • Tuition per credit hour: This is the tuition for each course credit. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours.
  • New England Regional Student Program (RSP) Tuition: New England residents may be eligible to enroll in the Nursing — Accelerated Program at a special reduced tuition rate. Learn more about RSP.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time?

  • Full-time enrollment: You’re considered full-time if you enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
  • Part-time enrollment: You’re considered part-time if you enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. Knowing the cost per credit hour can help you to determine your full tuition cost.

Estimated costs per year for Nursing — Traditional Program and Accelerated Program

Your full cost will include tuition, fees, and ether cost considerations. The costs and estimates below are based on full-time enrollment of 30 credit hours per year.

Cost typeIn-stateOut-of-stateNew England Regional Student Program (RSP)Canadian
Tuition for one year$8,910$25,020$15,150$8,910
Mandatory fees*$2,170$2,170$2,170$2,090
Housing & food*$10,708$10,708$10,708$10,708
Estimated cost for one year$21,788$37,898$28,028$21,788
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.
** Housing & food costs will vary depending on your room type.

Other costs to consider each year

These costs are not included on your University bill.

Books & supplies$800 is a rough estimate.*
TravelYour costs to travel to and from Maine if you are not an in-state resident.
Daily living expensesYour day-to-day personal costs, such as your cell phone, social activities, clothing, and laundry.
* This cost could vary based on your number of credit hours and area of study.

Undergraduate tuition & estimated costs:
Online programs

All students studying in fully online programs are eligible for the rates below, including in-state, out-of-state, and Canadian residents.

Cost typeOnline program tuition*
Tuition for one year
(Full-time enrollment)
$8,940
Tuition per credit hour
(Part-time enrollment)
$298
2022-2023 academic year. Out-of-state students must be enrolled in a fully online program to be eligible.
* Online program tuition rate is charged for online courses only. If you choose to take an in-person or blended course, you will be charged the standard tuition rate depending on whether you are an in-state, out-of-state, or Canadian resident.

What do these numbers mean?

  • Tuition for one year: Tuition is charged by the credit hour. The table above shows tuition for 30 credit hours per year. Enrolling in 30 credit hours per year means taking roughly 10 courses in a year.
  • Cost per credit hour: This is the tuition for each credit. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time?

  • Full-time enrollment: You’re considered full-time if you enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
  • Part-time enrollment: You’re considered part-time if you enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. Knowing the cost per credit hour can help you to determine your full tuition cost. View tuition and fees by credit hour.

Online programs estimated costs per year

Your full cost will include tuition, fees, and other cost considerations. The costs and estimates below are based on full-time enrollment of 30 credit hours per year.

TypeCost
Tuition$8,940
Mandatory fees*$2,010
Estimated cost for one year$10,950
* Mandatory fees for online programs include the Comprensive and Technology fees. View full list of fees.

Other costs to consider each year

These costs are not included on your University bill.

Books & supplies$800 is a rough estimate.*
Daily living expensesYour day-to-day personal costs, such as your cell phone, social activities, clothing, and laundry.
* This cost could vary based on your number of credit hours and your area of study.

Undergraduate Fees

We have mandatory fees that students pay every year. There are also fees that are charged under specific circumstances.

Fee typeCostDetails
Comprehensive$60 per credit hourCharged to: All students.
Covers fixed costs of providing educational and student services.
Technology$7 per credit hourCharged to: All students.
Supports campus technology.
Student activityCost varies depending on how many credit hours you’re enrolled in. Charged each semester.
– Fewer than 6.0 credits: $40
– 6.0 – 11.9 credits: $60
– 12.0 or more credits: $80
Charged to: All students, once each semester. Students enrolled in fully online programs do not pay this fee.
Supports educational, cultural, and social activities.
2022-2023 academic year.
Fee typeCostDetails
Undergraduate enrollment$175, one timeCharged to: Every newly admitted undergraduate degree student. Charged one time, upon enrollment.
Payment plan$30 each semesterCharged if: Student enrolls in one of the University’s installment plans.
Academic Assessment$20 per examCharged if: Student is not enrolled in a degree program and is taking English and/or Math placement exams.
Late payment$50 per month
(maximum of $200 per semester)
Charged if: Student account charges and payment plan payments are not paid when due.
Community Standard Fee$35 upon sanctionCharged if: Student is sanctioned under the Conduct Code.
Insufficient Funds$25Charged if: A paper or electronic check is returned due to insufficient funds.
2022-2023 academic year.

Financial aid by the numbers

Students taking advantage of financial aid each year.
Average financial aid package, roughly, for in-state students.
Average financial aid package, roughly, for out-of-state students.

Tuition & fees by credit hour

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? You can use one of the charts below to find your estimated costs. Tuition differs depending on mode of study and whether you are an in-state, out-of-state, or Canadian resident.

Your financial aid may be impacted if you plan to study part-time. Connect with our Financial Aid Counselors for more details.

In-person & blended courses

Number of creditsIn-state tuition*Mandatory fees**Total
1$288$107$395
2$576$174$750
3$864$241$1,105
4$1,152$308$1,460
5$1,440$375$1,815
6$1,728$462$2,190
7$2,016$529$2,545
8$2,304$596$2,900
9$2,592$663$3,255
10$2,880$730$3,610
11$3,168$797$3,965
12$3,456$884$4,340
13$3,744$951$4,695
14$4,032$1,018$5,050
15$4,320$1,085$5,405
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.

Other costs to consider each year

  • Keep in mind, you will also need to pay for books and supplies, which are not included on your University bill.
  • Commuting to campus: The METRO Husky Line is free for all University of Southern Maine students and offers convenient locations and times across the region. You can also consider biking, walking, or carpooling to campus.

In-person & blended courses

Number of creditsOut-of-state tuition*Mandatory fees**Total
1$810$107$917
2$1,620$174$1,794
3$2,430$241$2,671
4$3,240$308$3,548
5$4,050$375$4,425
6$4,860$462$5,322
7$5,670$529$6,199
8$6480$596$7,076
9$7,290$663$7,953
10$8,100$730$8,830
11$8,910$797$9,707
12$9,720$884$10,604
13$10,530$951$11,481
14$11,340$1,018$12,358
15$12,150$1,085$13,235
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.

Other costs to consider each year

  • Keep in mind, you will also need to pay for books and supplies, which are not included on your University bill.
  • Commuting to campus: The METRO Husky Line is free for all University of Southern Maine students and offers convenient locations and times across the region. You could also consider biking, walking, or carpooling to campus.

New England residents may be eligible to enroll in certain degree programs at a special reduced tuition rate. Learn more and browse RSP majors.

In-person & blended courses

Number of creditsRSP tuition*Mandatory fees**Total
1$490$107$597
2$980$174$1,154
3$1,470$241$1,711
4$1,960$308$2,268
5$2,450$375$2,825
6$2,940$462$3,402
7$3,430$529$3,959
8$3,920$596$4,516
9$4,410$663$5,073
10$4,900$730$5,630
11$5,390$797$6,187
12$5,880$884$6,764
13$6,370$951$7,321
14$6,860$1,018$7,878
15$7,350$1,085$8,435
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.

Other costs to consider each year

  • Keep in mind, you will also need to pay for books and supplies, which are not included on your University bill.
  • Commuting to campus: The METRO Husky Line is free for all University of Southern Maine students and offers convenient locations and times across the region. You could also consider biking, walking, or carpooling to campus.

In-person & blended courses

Number of creditsCanadian tuition*Mandatory fees**Total
1$288$107$395
2$576$174$750
3$864$241$1,105
4$1,152$308$1,460
5$1,440$375$1,815
6$1,728$462$2,190
7$2,016$529$2,545
8$2,304$596$2,900
9$2,592$663$3,255
10$2,880$730$3,610
11$3,168$797$3,965
12$3,456$884$4,340
13$3,744$951$4,695
14$4,032$1,018$5,050
15$4,320$1,085$5,405
* Online courses include an additional $10 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive, Technology, and Student Activity Fees. View full list of fees.

Other costs to consider each year

  • Keep in mind, you will also need to pay for books and supplies, which are not included on your University bill.
  • Commuting to campus: The METRO Husky Line is free for all University of Southern Maine students and offers convenient locations and times across the region. You could also consider biking, walking, or carpooling to campus.

In-state, out-of-state, and Canadian

Number of creditsTuition*Mandatory fees**Total
1$298$67$365
2$596$134$730
3$894$201$1,095
4$1,192$268$1,460
5$1,490$335$1,825
6$1,788$402$2,190
7$2,086$469$2,555
8$2,384$536$2,920
9$2,682$603$3,285
10$2,980$670$3,650
11$3,278$737$4,015
12$3,576$804$4,380
13$3,874$871$4,745
14$4,172$938$5,110
15$4,470$1,005$5,475
Out-of-state students must be enrolled in a fully online program to be eligible.
* Online program tuition rate is charged for online courses only. If you choose to take an in-person or blended course, you will be charged the standard tuition rate depending on whether you are an in-state, out-of-state, or Canadian resident.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive and Technology Fees. Online students are not charged the Student Activity Fee. View full list of fees.

Other costs to consider each year

Keep in mind, you will also need to pay for books and supplies, which are not included on your University bill.


Questions?

We’re here to help! Contact our knowledgeable Student Financial Services team.

The Chancellor recommends tuition, fee, and room and board rates for approval by the Board of Trustees each year, and they become effective after the summer term. The Board may alter these rates at its discretion.

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