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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 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for 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 $17,532 and the average private school would be $25,293. 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 seemed 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 our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Maine Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. 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 (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $10,902
Room and Board $10,136
Books $1,000
Other Expenses $2,200
Total $24,238

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. 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 $21,897 ME Private $52,499
$0 - $30k $10,353 $16,097
$30,001 – $48k $11,175 $17,574
$48,001 – $75k $14,278 $20,556
$75,001 – $110k $17,532 $25,293
$110,001+ $17,748 $32,252

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-$15,000 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 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,808 $7,988
    Room and Board $7,200 $7,200
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,600
    Total $19,808 $19,988
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,597 $8,675
    $30,001 - $48k $9,988 $10,079
    $48,001 - $75k $12,343 $12,455
    $75,001 - $110k $15,351 $15,490
    $110,001+ $15,479 $15,620
  • University of Maine at Farmington

    Farmington
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,458 $9,118
    Room and Board $9,334 $9,626
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,854 $2,918
    Total $22,546 $22,562
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,251 $11,259
    $30,001 - $48k $11,206 $11,214
    $48,001 - $75k $13,959 $13,969
    $75,001 - $110k $18,047 $18,060
    $110,001+ $20,174 $20,188
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent

    Fort Kent
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,965 $8,115
    Room and Board $7,910 $8,220
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,797 $2,500
    Total $19,672 $19,835
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,669 $8,741
    $30,001 - $48k $10,890 $10,980
    $48,001 - $75k $13,620 $13,733
    $75,001 - $110k $16,939 $17,079
    $110,001+ $17,104 $17,246
  • University of Maine at Machias

    Machias
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,680 $7,830
    Room and Board $8,486 $8,795
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $19,466 $19,925
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,742 $6,901
    $30,001 - $48k $6,234 $6,381
    $48,001 - $75k $10,827 $11,082
    $75,001 - $110k $15,588 $15,956
    $110,001+ $14,511 $14,853
  • University of Maine

    Orono
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,902 $11,170
    Room and Board $10,136 $10,718
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,200 $2,200
    Total $24,238 $25,088
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,328 $12,760
    $30,001 - $48k $13,676 $14,156
    $48,001 - $75k $16,490 $17,068
    $75,001 - $110k $18,971 $19,636
    $110,001+ $20,479 $21,197
  • Maine Maritime Academy

    Castine
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,278 $13,478
    Room and Board $10,110 $10,310
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,900 $2,900
    Total $27,288 $27,688
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,909 $18,172
    $30,001 - $48k $19,437 $19,722
    $48,001 - $75k $22,549 $22,880
    $75,001 - $110k $25,664 $26,040
    $110,001+ $24,213 $24,568
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle

    Presque Isle
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,884 $8,035
    Room and Board $8,264 $8,406
    Books $900 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $19,548 $19,941
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,453 $8,623
    $30,001 - $48k $8,615 $8,788
    $48,001 - $75k $11,175 $11,400
    $75,001 - $110k $13,386 $13,655
    $110,001+ $13,336 $13,604
  • University of Southern Maine

    Portland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,638 $8,918
    Room and Board $9,774 $9,850
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $22,612 $22,968
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,874 $9,014
    $30,001 - $48k $9,350 $9,497
    $48,001 - $75k $13,260 $13,469
    $75,001 - $110k $16,311 $16,568
    $110,001+ $16,691 $16,954

Private ME Schools Cost Breakdown

  • College of the Atlantic

    Bar Harbor
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $43,542 $43,542
    Room and Board $9,747 $9,747
    Books $600 $549
    Other Expenses $1,080 $1,080
    Total $54,969 $54,918
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,482 $13,469
    $30,001 - $48k $17,970 $17,953
    $48,001 - $75k $16,177 $16,162
    $75,001 - $110k $21,882 $21,862
    $110,001+ $30,761 $30,732
  • Bates College

    Lewiston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $52,042 $53,794
    Room and Board $14,678 $15,224
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $1,250 $1,250
    Total $68,870 $71,168
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,779 $8,039
    $30,001 - $48k $9,079 $9,382
    $48,001 - $75k $11,669 $12,058
    $75,001 - $110k $22,181 $22,921
    $110,001+ $40,890 $42,254
  • Bowdoin College

    Brunswick
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $51,848 $53,922
    Room and Board $14,132 $14,698
    Books $840 $840
    Other Expenses $1,250 $1,250
    Total $68,070 $70,710
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,123 $6,360
    $30,001 - $48k $8,329 $8,652
    $48,001 - $75k $17,078 $17,740
    $75,001 - $110k $21,013 $21,828
    $110,001+ $36,344 $37,754
  • Colby College

    Waterville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $53,120 $55,210
    Room and Board $13,660 $14,190
    Books $735 $800
    Other Expenses $1,067 $1,002
    Total $68,582 $71,202
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $1,065 $1,106
    $30,001 - $48k $1,661 $1,724
    $48,001 - $75k $7,011 $7,279
    $75,001 - $110k $19,766 $20,521
    $110,001+ $36,708 $38,110
  • University of New England

    Biddeford
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,530 $37,620
    Room and Board $13,580 $14,790
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $2,750 $2,750
    Total $54,260 $56,560
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $29,087 $30,320
    $30,001 - $48k $28,788 $30,008
    $48,001 - $75k $31,319 $32,647
    $75,001 - $110k $34,281 $35,734
    $110,001+ $36,729 $38,286
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine

    Standish
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $34,610 $35,650
    Room and Board $13,280 $13,680
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,700 $1,700
    Total $50,790 $52,230
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,556 $23,196
    $30,001 - $48k $23,084 $23,738
    $48,001 - $75k $25,632 $26,359
    $75,001 - $110k $26,913 $27,676
    $110,001+ $29,109 $29,934
  • Thomas College

    Waterville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,110 $26,900
    Room and Board $10,800 $11,250
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $39,710 $40,950
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,787 $19,374
    $30,001 - $48k $18,496 $19,074
    $48,001 - $75k $22,104 $22,794
    $75,001 - $110k $22,942 $23,658
    $110,001+ $24,477 $25,241
  • Unity College

    Unity
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,350 $29,160
    Room and Board $10,400 $10,710
    Books $500 $500
    Other Expenses $1,310 $1,350
    Total $40,560 $41,720
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,571 $23,217
    $30,001 - $48k $24,764 $25,472
    $48,001 - $75k $25,524 $26,254
    $75,001 - $110k $27,245 $28,024
    $110,001+ $29,778 $30,630
  • Husson University

    Bangor
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $17,561 $18,170
    Room and Board $9,498 $9,830
    Books $1,150 $1,150
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $30,209 $31,150
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,897 $14,330
    $30,001 - $48k $13,989 $14,425
    $48,001 - $75k $17,132 $17,666
    $75,001 - $110k $22,450 $23,149
    $110,001+ $24,510 $25,273
 

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