Students may often receive both high school and college credit for their UMM courses, giving them a jump start toward their college degrees. The UMM Early College office works closely with high school guidance counselors, and students receive full academic support both at their high schools and on the UMM campus. Through the Early College Program, students discover the rewards of learning at the collegiate level and begin a seamless transition to full-time college studies after high school graduation.


To apply, student should read and complete the Early College Application for First-Time Students.

Returning students should read and complete the Early College Application for Returning Students.


Any junior or senior attending high school or being home-schooled in Maine is eligible to take Early College courses at UMM. Students may only take introductory courses with no prerequisites.

Maine Department of Education Aspirations Program

This program is for Maine high school juniors and seniors attending public high schools and taking on-campus, face-to-face classes. The Aspirations program covers 50% of the tuition for two courses per semester for students meeting certain academic qualifications, up to 12 credits per academic year. UMM waives the other 50% of tuition for any Aspirations-supported course and also waives most fees, except for the Universal Fee and any course-specific fees. The Aspirations program covers live, on-campus classes, as well as ITV courses offered at University Centers and online courses.

For high school or home-schooled students in Maine.

UMM On-campus Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school or home-schooled students in Maine. UMM will provide a 50% tuition scholarship to any high school junior or senior for any live, on-campus courses that are not covered under the Aspirations program, up to a total of two courses per semester per student supported by the combined programs. Students must meet all course prerequisites and other eligibility requirements. The student’s family or other funding source is responsible for the remaining tuition, fees, and book costs. Students in their first or second years of high school may qualify for admission to the program in special circumstances. UMM’s 50% tuition scholarship will apply to courses taken by Early College students during both regular and summer sessions.

Distance Education Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school or home-schooled students in Maine. High school juniors and seniors taking Web courses and CV courses are eligible for at least a 25% tuition scholarship; as with on-campus courses, UMM will waive most fees. Similarly, this scholarship will apply to courses taken by Early College students during both regular and summer sessions.

Any Early College student wishing to take three or more classes per semester will pay regular tuition rates for all courses beyond the two covered by Aspirations and/or The UMM Early College Scholarship Program. However, for any class taken through the Early College Program, UMM will continue to waive all fees except the Universal Fee and course-specific fees.

Christy Alley
Phone: (207) 255-1268


Frequently Asked Questions


As an Early College student you need to fill out an Early College Program Application. If you are a high school student, then you will turn the completed application in to your guidance counselor. If you are a home-school student, then you will mail it to Christy Alley. Once you have been accepted into the program and your application is on file, the Early College office will handle your registration for you.

YES!! Your instructors and all university staff will use your UMM email if they need to contact you. You are responsible for checking this email account. You also need to set up your account in order to access Blackboard and MaineStreet.

Yes, but only if you are taking a live class on the UMM campus. You can get your card by visiting the Student Success Center on the 2nd floor of Powers Hall. Bring a photo ID. Once there you will fill out the UMM Clipper Card Application Form and Contract and get your Clipper Card. If you intend to use the UMM library resources, then you must go to the library to activate your card. You can also put money on your card to cover the cost of photocopying.

Buying Textbooks for UMM Classes

All textbooks are available from the UMM Online Bookstore.  We offer new, used, rental and e-books for various courses.  Students must have either a credit card or a book voucher to use this site.

There are actually 2 ways to determine what books you will need for your classes.  Pick the method that works best for you.  

The easiest way is by logging into your MaineStreet Student Center (Remember to wait 24 hours after email account activation.)  Follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Click myCampus Portal
  • Log in by using your username + password
  • Click the MaineStreet icon on the left side under Category Links
  • Click Student Self-Service
  • Click Student Center
  • Click My Class Schedule on the left hand side
  • Select the Term
  • Click Textbook Information (underlined in blue)
  • Required materials should be displayed

The second way is to go to the Online Bookstore from the UMM website.  Follow these steps:  

  • Go to
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom
  • Click Online Bookstore under Resources
  • Click Order Your Books
  • Click Continue under Credit Card or Paypal
  • Choose the Term
  • Select Course or Courses (Make sure to select the correct section.  For example, if you are enrolled in ENG 101-0003, then make sure to purchase the books for that section of the course.  We may also be offering ENG 101-0002 and ENG 101-0001 and the instructors may be using different books.)


**IMPORTANT Things to Remember**

  • Check to see if the books listed are required or only “recommended.”
  • You do not have to buy your books from the UMM Online Bookstore.  Once you find the ISBN number for each book, you can go to any website to shop for the best deal.  However, your ISBN number must match EXACTLY.  Most books will have two ISBN numbers: an ISBN-10 (10 digits) and an ISBN-13 (13 digits). If you match either one, you should be fine.  This will help to ensure that you get exactly the book that your course instructor wants you to have.

The room where your class will be meeting appears on your term schedule. You can find this in your MaineStreet Student Center. Once you follow the steps above and log into your Student Center you will see your schedule for the current term in the center of the page and the class, scheduled time, and room will be listed.

If you have ANY questions about your bill please contact Christy Alley. Please don’t panic if you bill is much higher than you thought. We have a few errors each semester due to simple coding issues.

YES!! Attendance is mandatory for Early College students, even if it is not required for other UMM students. Your instructor will be keeping track.

  1. Talk to your instructor. Tell him or her what you don’t understand or that you think you are getting behind and they will be able to help.
  2. Contact Christy Alley who can introduce you to the UMM Study Center in Torrey 225. At this Center you can receive free help with your classes in individual and group sessions, participate in study groups, and get help with your writing from brainstorming to editing.

UMM Study Center Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Typically, the quickest way to reach an instructor is by email. All instructors are required to put their email address, office phone number, office location, and office hours on the course syllabus. If you do not have your syllabus with you, then you can also use the UMM personnel directory to get their contact information.

Read all about admissions, financial aid, academic standards & policies, degree programs, and course descriptions in our course catalog.

The University of Maine at Machias is committed to all students receiving the appropriate supports and resources they need to meet their potential. Qualified people with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations that help create fairness in a person’s academic and student life. Classroom accommodation is meant to enable students with a disability to access course information and to be tested in an appropriate manner.

If a student in the UMM Early College Program is currently receiving special education supports or has been professionally diagnosed with a learning disability or physical or mental impairment, please bring this to the attention of the UMM Early College Coordinator, Christy Alley, at (207) 255-1268 or She will refer you to the Special Services Coordinator, Jo-Ellen Scribner. You may also contact Jo-Ellen directly either by phone at (207) 255-1470 or by email at Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively, so please contact the Special Services Coordinator prior to or at the very beginning of the course. In college courses, students always control when and if they choose to use accommodations for which they are eligible.

UMM’s Early College Coordinator will forward your grades to your high school guidance counselor. However, you can also view your grades in your MaineStreet Student Center (follow the steps above to log in). Once you are in your Student Center, click on Grades under Academic History on the left side of the screen. Select the correct term and then your grades will be displayed.

  1. Check your email. There are times that an individual instructor will cancel a class even if UMM does not officially close. Instructors will typically notify you of this by email.
  2. During inclement weather any general cancellation of UMM classes will be broadcast over area radio and television stations.
  3. You can also call UMM Information at (207) 255-1395 after 6:30 a.m. to see if your UMM courses have been canceled.
  4. Check the UMM website.
  5. Sign up for e2Campus alerts on the UMM Portal.

Not necessarily, but you will not be expected to attend.

You should notify the instructor of your course, your guidance counselor, and Christy Alley as soon as you know you will have to miss a class. You will be responsible for all make-up work.

As an Early College student you are eligible to purchase a Center for Lifelong Learning membership at the student rate, which is currently approximately $65.00 per semester. This membership gives you access to all CLL facilities and many fitness classes.

Contact Christy Alley, UMM Early College Coordinator: You can contact me by phone at (207) 255-1268 during weekdays. My email address is Please do not hesitate to call or email me with even the “teeniest” question or problem. Taking an college class, especially for the first time, can be challenging, and we want to be sure that you have all of the resources you need to be successful.