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FEES AND TUITION

Current fees and tuition rates are published in the course guide prior to each semester. Contact: Student Financial Services in Augusta, Admissions and Student Enrollment Services in Bangor.

FINANCIAL AID (Now called Student Financial Services)

Federal, state, and University aid programs are administered through the Office of Student Financial Services located at Augusta. These programs include grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work-study. You can access information regarding your current financial aid status through MaineStreet. Students wishing to receive priority consideration for various types of aid are encouraged to apply early. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority consideration is given to students whose applications are received by the Federal Processor before March 1 and all required documents are received by the Office of Financial Aid no later than March 15. Contact: Student Financial Services in Augusta.

FITNESS CENTERS

On the Augusta campus, student fees support a Fitness Center for students' health and well being. Located in the lower level of the Augusta Civic Center, the Fitness Center has cardiovascular workout equipment and strength training equipment, and dumbbells with workout benches. In addition, a racquetball court is available for both racquetball and wallyball.  Exercise classes are held during the fall and spring semesters.  Fitness Center staff is available to assist in jump starting a workout regimen. Locker rooms and showers are available for student use.  The Augusta campus offers outdoor tennis and basketball courts, as well as a premier four-mile fitness trail.  On the Bangor campus, the UMA-Bangor Fitness Center facility provides health and wellness opportunities for students.  The facility has a full-size gymnasium with basketball and volleyball capabilities.  The fitness room has both strength training and cardiovascular equipment.  Locker rooms and restroom facilities are also on site.  Fitness programs such as pick-up games, intramurals, and group exercise classes, including Zumba, are offered throughout the school year. Use of the fitness centers on both campuses and participation in fitness programs are free to registered students, as well as faculty and staff.  Contact: Fitness Center in Augusta or Bangor.

FOOD SERVICE

In Augusta, ARAMARK provides food service at the Moose Tracks Cafe in the Richard J. Randall Student Center. Students may use their student photo I.D. card (UMA Card) to purchase food items tax free.  Vending machines are available in most buildings on both the Augusta and Bangor campuses and at the centers.

FORGIVENESS POLICY

To be considered for forgiveness, students must apply in writing to their college dean. (Please note that this policy is only for students with broken enrollment and is NOT intended to address the issue of students with continuous enrollment.)

  • There must be EITHER at least a one year separation from UMA since the semester(s) to be forgiven and the student must have an overall GPA of less than 2.0 OR the student must have been academically suspended.

  • Student must be enrolled in a UMA degree program or have applied for readmission to a UMA degree program. A student applying for forgiveness and readmission concurrently will be awarded forgiveness at the conclusion of the add/drop period.

  • The student may request up to a maximum of 15 credit hours to be forgiven, subject to the approval of the appropriate Academic Dean. "Appropriate Academic Dean" being the dean to whom responsibility for the student will fall.

  • All credits forgiven must have been taken within a two-year time period.

  • A student may be granted forgiveness only once during his or her academic career.

  • For the first two semesters of enrollment after forgiveness is granted, an advisor's signature is required for registration.

  • The student is encouraged to meet with the learning support specialist or a student services coordinator.

FULL-TIME STUDENTS

Most full-time students are degree candidates carrying an average academic load of at least 12 credit hours. For financial aid purposes, students carrying 12 or more credits are considered full time.

GPA

How to Compute Your Grade Point Average 
Your grade point average (GPA) is the average grade received in courses taken in a given semester. Your cumulative GPA represents the average grade received for all of the courses you have taken at UMA. To compute your GPA:

  • consult the catalog to learn the numerical value of your letter grade(s)

  • multiply each grade by the number of credit hours of the course to determine the quality points earned for the course

  • add up your total number of quality points and credit hours

  • divide the quality point total by the credit hour total to determine your GPA

Example: A student completed BIO 110 (4 credits), ENG 101 (3 credits), and PSY 100 (3 credits) earning a B, a C+, and an A-, respectively.
B = 3.00; C+ = 2.33; and A- = 3.67 
3.00 x 4 = 12; 2.33 x 3 = 6.99; 3.67 x 3 = 11.01 
Quality Points = 12 + 6.99 + 11.01 = 30
Credit Hours = 4 + 3 + 3 = 10 
30 ÷ 10 = 3.00 or a B average for the semester
To learn more about the importance of maintaining a 2.0 or higher GPA, please see the Academic Action section of the student handbook.

GRADE REPORTS

You may access your term and cumulative grade information through MaineStreet. You will be able to obtain your grades as soon as they are posted. You also can sign up to receive a text message any time a new grade or grade change is posted.  To sign up, select the "Text Messaging Service" link at the bottom right of your student center.  For additional instructions, go to this location.  PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE A GRADE REPORT IN THE MAIL. However, if you must have a hard copy of your grade report for purposes such as employer reimbursement programs, you may print one by using MaineStreet. Any student who, upon learning of semester grades, suspects an error has been made should contact the Registrar's Office immediately. Records are assumed to be correct if a student does not contact the office within six months after completion of a course. Contact: Registrar's Office in Augusta.

GRADES

UMA adheres to the philosophy of academic freedom. Instructors may choose to depart from the grading scales familiar to many students. Questions regarding grading should be addressed to the instructor in question. There is an established grievance process in the policies section of this handbook if a student wishes to formally grieve issues related to a grade. Under the grievance policy, the only issue that is subjected to review is the method that a faculty member uses to determine a grade, not justification of the grade itself, which is clearly the responsibility of the individual faculty member. Please see the UMA catalog for more specific information on the grading system. Contact: instructor, college deans, dean of students on the Augusta campus.

GRADUATION RATES

Graduation rates are available upon request from the Registrar's Office.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students who wish to apply for candidacy for graduation must file a graduation card prior to December 1 for December completions, by April 1 for May graduation, and by June 1 for August completions. Students are asked to meet with their academic advisors first to avoid any unfortunate surprises in the spring; however, students are ultimately responsible for being aware of program requirements that are published in the UMA catalog. UMA's graduation procedures state that graduation candidates will NOT be allowed to graduate with "Incompletes" on their UMA records if the course(s) are required for their degree program. Students requesting confidentiality will not have their names published in press releases or publications for events such as graduation. Students wishing to change their confidentiality status, for purposes of inclusion in the Commencement Program and any other graduation-related publications, must do so in writing and direct their request to the Enrollment Services Center in Augusta no later than April 1. (See Academic Honors for information on degrees conferred with Latin Honors.) Contact Enrollment Services Center in Augusta.