Early College Programs at the University of Maine at Machias

The Early College Program provides high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses online or on the UMM campus. Students receive college credit for these courses, giving them a jump start toward their college degrees.  By participating in the Early College Program, students discover the rewards of learning at the collegiate level and begin a transition to full-time college studies after high school graduation.

Through a partnership with the Maine Department of Education,  UMM allows qualified high school students attending Maine public high schools, state-approved independent institutions, or state-registered home schools to take up to 12 credits per year tuition-free.  (Maine students paying tuition to attend their high school are charged a discounted rate of $138.25/credit hour.)

These courses are live on the UMM campus or delivered using online technologies.

Students can save up to $17,000 in tuition, fees, room, board, and other expenses.  This estimate is based on a student living on campus for one year and earning 30 credits.

Out-of-State Students

Out-of-state high school students from across the country are able to take online college courses at UMM.  Out-of-state students pay a special early college rate of $138.25/ credit hour for up to 12 credits per year.  (Compared to the 2020-2021 out-of-state tuition rate of $490 per/credit hour and the NEBHE rate of $392/credit hour)

International Students

International high school students from across the world are able to take college courses at UMM.  These are the same courses our undergraduate students are currently taking.

Courses are delivered using online technologies by UMM faculty. 

International students attending high school in Washington County can attend courses live at the UMM campus.

International students pay a special early college rate of $138.25/ credit hour.  Compare this to the 2020-2021 international rate for matriculated students is $490 per/credit hour.

UMM Accepted Students

Graduating seniors who are attending UMM in the fall are eligible for the Accepted Students Early College Program.

Students may take UMM courses that start before their graduation either tuition-free (qualifying Maine students) or at the special early college rate (all other Maine students, out-of-state students, international students).



Early College Certificates are a way for high school students to explore career paths while earning college credit.

UMM currently offers 14 Early College Certificates (11 of which are completely online) which are available to Maine students, out-of-state students, and international students.

Early College Summer Institutes for students are an opportunity for high school students to explore a program of interest through workshops, field trips, and hands-on activities during a 4-day stay on campus.

Benefits of Early College

If you participate in Early College, then you will likely:

  • gain better study skills
  • develop more academic confidence
  • have less anxiety about the transition to college.
  • are less likely to need remedial courses in college.
  • are more likely to earn a degree on time when compared to students without early college credits.

Sources of the above data can be found here.