IMPORTANT: For Aspirations billing purposes the academic year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Students who choose to take more than 12 credits or students who go over their 12 credits will be charged the early college tuition rate of $138.25 per credit. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of the number of credits they are taking per year. This total includes any courses taken from any UMaine System schools as well as the Community College System regardless of whether they are online, on campus, or at a student’s high school.
Maine public high school students (also referred to as secondary students) must meet certain qualifying requirements to be eligible to participate in the Aspirations Program. High School (Secondary), public school students and qualifying home-schooled students may be considered eligible to participate if they meet the following:
- Minimum high school grade point average of at least a 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0), or the equivalent of a “B” average or, in lieu of a 3.0, they are recommended for participation by a school unit’s administration (see exception statement below)
- The eligible institution has determined that the student has satisfactorily completed any course prerequisites;
- The school unit approves;
- The student’s parent or caregiver approves; and
- The eligible institution has space available for the secondary student
Exception – Student Eligibility
A secondary public school or home-schooled student who does not meet the grade point eligibility requirements, or is a first or second-year student (freshman or sophomore), is eligible to participate if:
- The student has received a recommendation to participate from the student’s school administration or teacher following an assessment of the student by the school administration; and
- The student has been approved for participation by an eligible institution.
The Aspirations Program is funded by the Maine Legislature and authorized under Title 20-A, Chapter 208-A. The program is administered by the Maine Department of Education.
IMPORTANT: Private school students who pay tuition to attend a private school or 60/40 high school are not covered by the Aspirations program.