Earn College Credits while still in High School:

The University of Maine System and the State of Maine designed the High School Aspiration Incentive Program to raise the educational aspirations of Maine students by offering them the opportunity to register for college courses at reduced tuition rates.

The High School Aspirations Program is an academic enrichment program for qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses through University of Maine System (UMS) campuses.  University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) classes can be taken onsite (traditional-style); UMS classes are also offered via Interactive Television (ITV) or Video Conference (VC) and can also be taken at our location.  Course offerings do vary from semester to semester, and enrollment is on a space available basis.

Who Is Eligible to Participate in the High School Aspirations Program?

To qualify for the program, students must:
•    Be a high school junior or senior
•    Be a Maine resident
•    Have at least a “B” grade point average, or a written recommendation from high school guidance
•    Have permission from their high school or Adult Education program
•    If under 18, have the consent of their parents or guardians
•    Meet course prerequisites
•    Provide recent SAT scores or take the university Accuplacer test

The University will waive half of the tuition for up to six credits per semester.  Beginning in Fall 2013, the Department of Education also will waive half of the tuition for six credits per semester.  If the student is enrolled in a private school, the University will waive half of the tuition for up to 6 credits but the DOE offers no waiver.

Students may enroll in a maximum of two courses or six credits per semester at University of Maine System (UMS) campuses.  The maximum of six credits or two courses includes registration at multiple campuses within the UMS.  However students may not take more than a total of four courses over the fall, spring and summer semesters.  The program is limited to courses taught through on-site instruction, Videoconference and Interactive Television courses offered at University College Centers.  Developmental/non-college level courses (such as ENG 005—Basic Writing, or MAT 009—Foundations of Math) are excluded.

Completed applications will be processed in the order received and enrollment is on a space available basis.  State of Maine waivers will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Registrar will notify students in writing whether they qualify for the program and if the State waiver will be applied to their account.

Policies regarding students under the age of 17:  UMA complies with Maine statutes governing compulsory participation of a student under the age of 17 in an approved educational program.  In addition, the University has an obligation to preserve the rights of faculty and other students participating in its post-secondary educational programs.  Completion of Sections 4 and 5 of this application is required for compliance.

Advantages of Being in the Early Study–Aspirations Program:

  • Earn college credit while still in high school
  • Enhance your learning experience
  • Become familiar with the college setting
  • Qualify for tuition reduction