Free tuition for qualifying Maine students -- that's our Downeast Promise.

The University of Maine at Machias is pleased to offer the Downeast Promise program in support of Maine students and families. The Downeast Promise promotes access to higher education, and increases affordability so more Maine students can earn a college degree.

The Downeast Promise guarantees that all first year, full-time, Pell Grant eligible Maine residents receive sufficient grant and/or scholarship funding to cover 30 credits per year of tuition and standard fees. We hope this level of funding will encourage students to enroll at the University of Maine at Machias and earn their degree in a timely manner.

Downeast Promise scholarship funding is valid for a maximum of eight semesters over a maxium of five years if you are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program, and a maximum of four semesters over a maximum of three years if you are in an associate degree program.

To qualify for the Downeast Promise an applicant must:

  • be a first-year, full-time student admitted for the Fall term
  • be pursuing their first undergraduate (associate or bachelor’s) degree
  • submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually by May 1st of the appropriate year
  • be eligible to receive a Pell Grant as determined by the Department of Education using information provided on the FAFSA
  • be a resident of Maine
  • maintain full-time enrollment, a minimum of 12 credits per semester
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements

To learn more, contact Admissions at 207.255.1318 or email us at

Don’t qualify for Downeast Promise? We’re still affordable.

We offer some of the lowest tuition rates in the state and a variety of scholarship and aid packages for all types of students.