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Net Price of Maine Colleges by Income

Cost of Maine Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2022

Questions & Answers

What do all these numbers mean?

All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2019-20 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2022.

What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at that particular college. It includes:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

How can I use this information?

This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $16,241 and the average private school would be $25,638. You can also get information on specific Maine schools in the chart above or the tables below.

Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

  1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
  2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

Where did this information come from?

As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

The costs on this chart seem large. How can families afford to pay it?

For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

  • College savings and investments
  • Payments from current income
  • Loans
  • Outside scholarships (check out the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
  • Tax planning
  • Student work
Cost of Maine Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Maine (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $11,438
Room and Board $10,966
Books $1,000
Other Expenses $2,200
Total $25,604

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2019-20 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2022. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income ME Public $22,710 ME Private $55,680
$0 - $30k $10,466 $16,126
$30,001 – $48k $10,878 $16,955
$48,001 – $75k $13,376 $20,009
$75,001 – $110k $16,241 $25,638
$110,001+ $18,104 $34,945

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Maine public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $6,000-$17,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Maine. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public ME Schools Cost Breakdown

  • University of Maine at Augusta

    Augusta
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,168 $8,378
    Room and Board $8,000 $8,200
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,600
    Total $20,968 $21,378
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,174 $9,353
    $30,001 - $48k $9,425 $9,609
    $48,001 - $75k $11,175 $11,394
    $75,001 - $110k $15,111 $15,406
    $110,001+ $15,297 $15,596
  • University of Maine at Farmington

    Farmington
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,344 $9,572
    Room and Board $9,902 $10,238
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,986 $3,046
    Total $23,132 $23,756
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,199 $11,501
    $30,001 - $48k $11,379 $11,686
    $48,001 - $75k $13,655 $14,023
    $75,001 - $110k $16,993 $17,451
    $110,001+ $19,571 $20,099
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent

    Fort Kent
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,295 $8,475
    Room and Board $8,450 $8,010
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $20,245 $19,985
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,902 $9,775
    $30,001 - $48k $10,832 $10,693
    $48,001 - $75k $11,831 $11,679
    $75,001 - $110k $15,546 $15,346
    $110,001+ $17,039 $16,820
  • University of Maine at Machias

    Machias
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,036 $8,252
    Room and Board $9,180 $8,630
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $20,516 $20,182
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,007 $4,925
    $30,001 - $48k $6,656 $6,548
    $48,001 - $75k $10,899 $10,722
    $75,001 - $110k $11,698 $11,508
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • University of Maine

    Orono
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $11,438 $11,744
    Room and Board $10,966 $11,286
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,200 $2,200
    Total $25,604 $26,230
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,218 $12,517
    $30,001 - $48k $12,578 $12,886
    $48,001 - $75k $14,886 $15,250
    $75,001 - $110k $18,484 $18,936
    $110,001+ $19,971 $20,459
  • Maine Maritime Academy

    Castine
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,792 $14,058
    Room and Board $10,516 $10,720
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,900 $2,900
    Total $28,208 $28,678
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,142 $19,461
    $30,001 - $48k $18,814 $19,127
    $48,001 - $75k $21,957 $22,323
    $75,001 - $110k $23,243 $23,630
    $110,001+ $21,462 $21,820
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle

    Presque Isle
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,330 $8,585
    Room and Board $8,496 $8,912
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $20,226 $20,897
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,749 $9,039
    $30,001 - $48k $8,174 $8,445
    $48,001 - $75k $10,368 $10,712
    $75,001 - $110k $13,252 $13,692
    $110,001+ $16,920 $17,481
  • University of Southern Maine

    Portland
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,226 $9,528
    Room and Board $9,956 $10,124
    Books $600 $600
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $22,782 $23,252
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,338 $8,510
    $30,001 - $48k $9,167 $9,356
    $48,001 - $75k $12,238 $12,490
    $75,001 - $110k $15,604 $15,926
    $110,001+ $16,470 $16,810

Private ME Schools Cost Breakdown

  • College of the Atlantic

    Bar Harbor
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $43,542 $43,542
    Room and Board $9,747 $9,747
    Books $600 $600
    Other Expenses $1,080 $1,080
    Total $54,969 $54,969
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,070 $12,070
    $30,001 - $48k $14,407 $14,407
    $48,001 - $75k $14,898 $14,898
    $75,001 - $110k $26,100 $26,100
    $110,001+ $30,864 $30,864
  • Bates College

    Lewiston
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $55,683 $57,353
    Room and Board $15,705 $16,177
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $1,250 $1,250
    Total $73,538 $75,680
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,140 $4,261
    $30,001 - $48k $4,981 $5,126
    $48,001 - $75k $9,845 $10,132
    $75,001 - $110k $25,985 $26,742
    $110,001+ $39,923 $41,086
  • Bowdoin College

    Brunswick
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $56,350 $56,350
    Room and Board $15,360 $13,440
    Books $840 $840
    Other Expenses $1,250 $1,250
    Total $73,800 $71,880
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,626 $5,480
    $30,001 - $48k $7,823 $7,619
    $48,001 - $75k $14,896 $14,508
    $75,001 - $110k $22,177 $21,600
    $110,001+ $40,166 $39,121
  • Colby College

    Waterville
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $57,280 $59,430
    Room and Board $14,720 $15,295
    Books $800 $850
    Other Expenses $800 $850
    Total $73,600 $76,425
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $2,648 $2,750
    $30,001 - $48k $2,361 $2,452
    $48,001 - $75k $5,536 $5,748
    $75,001 - $110k $12,188 $12,656
    $110,001+ $49,197 $51,085
  • University of New England

    Biddeford
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $38,750 $38,750
    Room and Board $14,410 $15,230
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $2,750 $2,750
    Total $57,310 $58,130
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $30,554 $30,991
    $30,001 - $48k $29,941 $30,369
    $48,001 - $75k $32,345 $32,808
    $75,001 - $110k $35,083 $35,585
    $110,001+ $39,828 $40,398
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine

    Standish
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $36,720 $38,820
    Room and Board $14,090 $14,500
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,700 $1,700
    Total $53,710 $56,220
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,364 $24,456
    $30,001 - $48k $22,844 $23,912
    $48,001 - $75k $24,573 $25,721
    $75,001 - $110k $27,593 $28,882
    $110,001+ $31,113 $32,567
  • Thomas College

    Waterville
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $27,720 $28,430
    Room and Board $11,420 $11,560
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,200 $3,000
    Total $42,140 $43,790
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,188 $19,939
    $30,001 - $48k $18,791 $19,527
    $48,001 - $75k $20,448 $21,249
    $75,001 - $110k $23,227 $24,136
    $110,001+ $26,305 $27,335
  • Unity College

    Unity
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,000 $12,640
    Room and Board $11,030 $10,900
    Books $500 $500
    Other Expenses $1,350 $1,280
    Total $42,880 $25,320
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,485 $12,687
    $30,001 - $48k $23,834 $14,074
    $48,001 - $75k $24,829 $14,661
    $75,001 - $110k $27,113 $16,010
    $110,001+ $30,173 $17,817
  • Husson University

    Bangor
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $18,940 $19,772
    Room and Board $10,223 $10,632
    Books $1,150 $1,150
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $32,313 $33,554
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,345 $14,896
    $30,001 - $48k $14,394 $14,947
    $48,001 - $75k $17,694 $18,374
    $75,001 - $110k $21,734 $22,569
    $110,001+ $25,672 $26,658
 

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