Maine Aspirations is a unique program in which students take live or online courses for college credit and high school elective credit. This program is not exclusive to UMFK, but the University does work with school partners to ensure that appropriate student and academic support structures, both at school and on campus, are in place. Maine Aspirations students can earn up to 12 credits per year (no more than 6 per semester).
Qualified students can take any 100 or 200-level online course offered by the University. Some higher level courses are allowed if students meet the prerequisite requirements. Course lists are sent out to high school partners before the Registration period and are also listed on the website in the appropriate Resources section. Local students, located close to UMFK, may also have the option of taking courses on campus.
Tuition is free for students. The Maine Department of Education, through the Maine Aspirations program, pays for half the tuition and UMFK grants a scholarship for the other half. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for course fees and books. Course fees are $84.00 per 3 credit course.
Textbooks can be purchased online through our campus store. Students have the choice of buying new, used, or e-books as well as renting.
Students that complete a Rural U course will have grades placed on an official UMFK transcript, which can be added to if the student attends UMFK or can be transferred to another college of choice. For ease of transferability students are encouraged to take General Education courses.