Courses may still be added prior to the end of the first week. After the first week, students must obtain the instructor’s approval to add a course.
Add/Drop and Withdrawal Policies:
In accordance with Federal regulations, financial assistance may be adjusted for aid recipients who reduce credit hours, withdraw during the semester, do not academically complete the semester, or receive external contributions (such as third party sponsorship, scholarships, waivers, etc.). A portion of his/her financial aid will be refunded to the Title IV programs as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Such financial aid calculations due to changes in information used in the calculation of aid award may result in the student owing a balance to the University.
Failure to report outside assistance may result in the need to repay financial aid funds.
New and returning students are governed by the same withdrawal and add/drop policy as set forth below:
For purposes of calculating full tuition adjustments, the attendance period begins on the opening day of scheduled campus classes, includes weekends, holidays, and snow days, and ends on the date the student notifies the registrar/records office in writing that s/he is withdrawing.
Withdrawal is defined as students who give official notification of their withdrawal to the University after a semester/session begins. (The student is withdrawing from all classes and leaving the University.)
Dropping courses is defined as a reduction in course load while remaining enrolled in the University. (The student drops one or more courses but not all courses.)
Semester/Session 12 Weeks or Longer
- Cancellation prior to the first day of semester/session: 100% tuition and fees
- Withdrawal/drop prior to the end of second week (14 days): 100% tuition and fees
- Withdrawal prior to the end of fourth week (28 days): 75% tuition and fees
- Withdrawal prior to the end of sixth week (42 days): 50% tuition and fees
- Withdrawal prior to the end of eighth week (57 days): 25% tuition and fees
- Withdrawal after eighth week: 0%
Semester/Session 11 Weeks or Less
- Classes 11 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the eleventh day (11 days)
- Classes 10 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the tenth day (10 days)
- Classes 9 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the ninth day (9 days)
- Classes 8 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the eighth day (8 days)
- Classes 7 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the seventh day (7 days)
- Classes 6 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the sixth day (6 days)
- Classes 5 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the fifth day (5 days)
- Classes 4 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the fourth day (4 days)
- Classes 3 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the third day (3 days)
- Classes 2 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the second day (2 days)
- Classes 1 week or less in length: 100% prior to the end of the first day (1 day)
Fall: The preferred application deadline of July 1 helps to ensure processing before the semester begins. Applications after that date are still welcome.
Spring: The preferred application deadline of November 1 helps to guarantee processing before the semester begins. Applications after that date are still welcome.
Fall: Try-outs/sign-up for varsity men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, and co-ed golf is August 6. Try-outs/sign-up for varsity men’s & women’s basketball is on October 1. Try-outs/sign-up for varsity men’s & women’s track and field is April 1.
Spring: Co-ed bowling (club) sign-up is February 1. Contact athletic director in Augusta.
Return Policy – Our Return Policy offers a 30 day refund period. We always hope you are satisfied with your order but if you do need to return an item, you may do so under our Return Policy. Purchased or rented items may be returned for a refund within 30 days (30 days from ship date or start of classes, whichever gives you more time). Full details can be viewed here under “Return Policy.”
Buyback – An on campus buyback will be conducted at the end of Spring and Fall semesters. Information for the on campus buyback will be posted online and on campus prior to the end of each term.
You may also choose to sell your books back online year-round. To sell your books online, choose the Sell Books icon at your Online Bookstore at www.uma.ecampus.com. You can enter up to 8 ISBNs at a time and click Get Quote. If we are able to make an offer, the cash price which is paid by check or direct deposit shows as well as the price we will pay if you choose In Store Credit (this includes a bonus).
Some books may not have a buyback value, and those will show a link to our Marketplace which provides an opportunity to offer the book for sale directly to another individual. Please refer to Selling on the Marketplace for more information. Once you decide which ones you will sell back, be sure the ‘Sell This Book’ box is checked for each one and select ‘Sell These Books’. This takes you to a review page. If everything is accurate, select ‘Sell These Books’ again. Log in as a Returning Customer or New Customer. On the next screen you will select your payment method and your address – this address will be the return address on your label and, if you select a check for payment, the address the check will be mailed to.
Fall: Students who drop on or before November 2, 2020, will receive W grades for the courses they drop. After that date, faculty must assign either a W or WF (withdrew failing).
Spring: Students who drop on or before March 27, 2021, will receive W grades for the courses they drop. After that date, faculty must assign either a W or WF (withdrew failing).
Please see financial services section for financial aid deadlines.
Application for Graduation
An Application for Graduation should be submitted online; by December 1 for December completions, by April 1 for May or August completions.
Student Health Insurance
Student Health Insurance Plan waiver deadlines: Fall 2020 is October 1, 2020; Spring 2021 is February 28, 2021. Please see the Insurance section in the student handbook for more information on the plan.
Special Recognition Awards
These awards are to recognize those students who are meritorious on a local and national level. Distinguished Student and Woodworth Awards: application deadline of mid-March.
Maine state law requires that all degree students, as well as full-time, non-degree students, born after 1956 provide required proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, and diptheria/tetanus before classes begin.
Payment of Tuition
Students may pay in full or spread their (remaining) costs over the semester by enrolling in a 5-installment payment plan. The 1st installment, including the $30 payment plan fee, is due at the time of registration. As of July 20, 2020 UMA will no longer process credit card payments for tuition and fees at any business office or over the phone. Cash and checks are accepted. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover are accepted through MaineStreet with a 2.85% convenience fee.
Named Scholarships: Most named scholarships are awarded in the spring and payable the following fall. Specific information about these scholarships and application procedures is made available shortly after the start of the spring semester. Applications are generally due March 1.
Recertification and Advance Pay Requests are due 45 days prior to the first day of classes.
NOTICE: These deadlines are subject to change. Please see the current catalog and course guide for more complete information.