Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Early College courses?

High school students who enroll in early college courses are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college, and earn a college degree. As a result, students are more prepared and successful in their chosen careers. 
For example:

  • Dual enrollment and Aspiration courses are tuition-free for students (up to 12 credits per academic year). Students are responsible for fees and books for some early college classes.
  • Students can save up to $14,000 in tuition, fees, and other expenses (estimate is based on transferring up to 30 credits to UMM).
  • Students can show college admissions officers that they are ready for more difficult coursework.
  • Students build a college transcript while still in high school. The college credits earned are transferable. While we hope students will attend UMM, these credits may be transferred to all UMaine System schools and many other colleges. Students will need to check with their institution about transferring credits when they enroll.
  • Early College programs can provide rigorous courses to enhance the high school curriculum.
  • Universities may offer a variety of courses not available at the high school. Some programs offer pathways to a career that can help students navigate through college to future employment.
  • Early College courses can allow students to explore their interests before choosing a major.
  • Students who participate in Early College have better study skills, more academic confidence, and less anxiety about the transition to college.
  • Early College students who graduate from high school and enroll in a Maine Public University are more likely to enroll in college for a second year. For example, 86% of Aspirations students persist to their second year of college, versus 74% of students with no Early College courses.
  • Students who participate in Early College are less likely to need remedial courses in college. Remedial, or developmental courses, are courses for students who graduate from high school but are not yet ready for college. Students pay tuition, but do not receive college credit for these courses.
  • Students who enter college with Early College credits are more likely to earn a degree on time than students with no Early College credits.

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Sources for the above data can be found here.

How do I register for an Early College Course at UMM?

To register for Early College courses at UMM  you will need to create an account on the ExplorEC Portal at Once you have created an account you can search for and apply for classes through the online portal. For more information visit our Apply Today webpage.

Do I need to activate my UMM email account if I already have another email account?

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 your online course on Brightpsace as well as MaineStreet.

Will I get a student ID card (Clipper Card)?

Yes, but only if you request one. If you are an online student, then please contact for assistance.  If you are a local student, then you can get your card by visiting the Student Affairs office 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.

Where is my classroom?


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

What do I do if I receive a bill for tuition and fees?

If you have ANY questions about your bill please contact Christy Alley at 207-255-1268 or Please don’t panic if your bill is much higher than you thought. We have a few errors each semester due to simple coding issues.

If I drive myself to campus, do I need to register my car?


Is attendance to classes mandatory?

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

What if I need help in my class?

  1. If you think you are getting behind, talk to your instructor. Tell him or her what you don’t understand, and they will be able to help.
  2. You also have access to 24 hours a day/7 day a week online tutoring for free through Nettutor.
  3. You can also contact tech support.

How do I contact my instructor?

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.

Where can I find out more about UMM courses and academic policies and procedures?

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

What if I have special needs?

The University of Maine at Machias is committed to all students receiving the appropriate support 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 Director, Christy Alley, at (207) 255-1268 or She will refer you to the Special Services Manager, 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 Manager 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.

How do I get my grades?

UMM’s Early College Director will forward your grades to your high school counselor. However, you can also view your grades in your MaineStreet Student Center. 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.

What do I do if there is bad weather?

  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.

Is my Early College Class cancelled if my high school is closed?

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

What if I have to go on a high school trip?

You should notify the instructor of your course, your school 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.

Can I use the Center for Lifelong Learning?

As an Early College student you are eligible to purchase a Center for Lifelong Learning membership free of charge. This membership gives you access to all CLL facilities and many fitness classes.