The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has established a number of different tuition and fee waiver programs for the benefit of students attending University of Maine System campuses, including the University of Maine at Augusta.
Waivers are similar to entitlement programs. If a student meets certain criteria, the student is not required to pay some portion of University tuition and, in some cases, fees.
Tuition waivers do not ordinarily apply to non-credit courses, although exceptions can be made for University System employees and for senior citizens. Each university campus retains the right to designate those non-credit courses to which tuition waivers will not apply.
For a complete listing and detailed description of all of the waivers available at UMA, please see the Annual Report of Student Financial Aid. Copies are available in the financial aid office in Robinson Hall.
Types of Waivers
For qualified and eligible Native Americans. Covers tuition and mandatory fees. Program details are available from the Native American Program Coordinator, Sherry McCollett, via email or by phone at 207 621-3141.
For persons over sixty-five years of age who wish to register for undergraduate courses on a credit or non-credit basis. Applicants must establish financial need and enrollment will be subject to space availability. Contact the UMA Business Office.
Encourages students whose presence would enhance the University experience for all students. Recipients may be gifted scholars, accomplished artists, outstanding athletes, or from groups significantly under-represented at a university.
For eligible members of the USS Maine’s crew, their spouses, and dependent children, limited to the initial crew and those assigned to the ship within one year of its commissioning.
For students currently attending Maine High Schools, whether private or public (or being home schooled in Maine homes), and adult education diploma candidates who are within one calendar year of diploma completion. The waiver is for one half the tuition rate.
Traditional high school students must have school approval, parental approval, a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of B or better and junior or senior standing. Adult education students must have approval from the adult education director and/or counselor and must have maintained a B or above average in their adult education course work. Students can take any academic course for which they have met the course prerequisites as long as there is space available, up to a maximum of two courses or six credit hours (whichever is greater) per semester during their junior and senior years. Adult education students may enroll in up to two courses or six credit hours (whichever is greater) per semester for a maximum of two semesters (i.e., a maximum of four courses or twelve credit hours total, whichever is greater).
The program is limited to regular university courses taught by University faculty through direct, on-site instruction at a University of Maine System university or center during the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters only).
Tuition and mandatory fees and lab fees will be waived for eligible orphans, widows & widowers of veterans as well as spouses and children of veterans who are disabled, missing in action, etc. Initial eligibility is determined by the Veterans Affairs Office of the State of Maine. Students must be enrolled in an associate, bachelor, or master degree program.
A member of the Maine National Guard who has met the requirements of the law and is attending a state postsecondary education institution qualifies for in-state tuition rates, regardless of the state of residence.
Tuition will be waived for eligible students but will be limited to undergraduate degree programs and shall be limited to the earlier of not more than five years of full-time enrollment or its equivalent, or receipt of a Baccalaureate Degree. A person desiring a tuition waiver should apply to the Department of Education for determination of eligibility.
Tuition Waiver for Persons in Foster Care Upon Graduating from High School or Successfully Completing a GED Examination
Tuition will be waived for eligible Maine students who have applied for federal student financial aid. These students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or certificate program of at least one year and not been enrolled full-time for more than five years or the equivalent. A person desiring a tuition waiver should apply to the Finance Authority of Maine for determination of eligibility.
University System employees may be eligible to take up to two (2) courses per semester not to exceed four (4) credit hours per course.
Dependents of full-time regular University System employees not represented by a bargaining agent, or as provided in a collective bargaining agreement qualify for a 50% tuition waiver. Must be enrolled at the University of Maine System on a full-time basis.
Regional cooperation among New England State Universities permits the payment of 150% of in-state tuition by all New England students accepted for study in this program.
All Canadian students (graduate and undergraduate) from all provinces will be charged 150% of the in-state tuition rate.
There are numerous exchange programs whereby students typically can attend another institution for one year or less and normally pay the host institution resident tuition rate or a rate consistent with the terms of the program.