Maine’s seven community colleges will keep tuition fees at the same level for the next academic year, the Maine Community College System announced on Friday.
Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year remains at $ 96 per credit hour for residents of Maine, or $ 288 for a standard three credit hour course. A full-time student taking 15 credits each semester would pay an annual tuition fee of $ 2,880.
Thanks to a $ 10 million increase in legislature funding this session, the Maine State scholarship has increased from $ 1,500 to $ 2,500 for full-time students and from $ 750 to $ 1,250 for students. part time or three quarters.
The Maine Finance Authority, which administers the State of Maine grant, also extended the deadline for those wishing to apply for the grant for the 2021-2022 academic year.
“There has never been a better time to pursue an education at one of Maine’s community colleges,” Maine Community College System president David Daigler said in a press release. “After a very difficult year, with many students delaying their college education, this is exactly the kind of financial support and incentive needed to encourage students to pursue a college education. “
In addition to keeping tuition and fees fixed, community colleges have new and expanded student support programs that include tutoring, technical support, technology equipment loans, counseling, and research assistance. employment.
Full-time out-of-state students who don’t qualify for the regional reduction would pay around $ 5,760 per year, to $ 192 per credit hour.
The decision to keep tuition flat for Maine residents follows a similar decision by the University of Maine system, approved in a trustees vote in late June.
Expanded workforce training
In a separate announcement last Thursday, the Maine Community College System said it has entered into agreements with more than 75 Maine companies and industry associations that provide their employees with expanded training opportunities and reduced tuition fees at the seven community colleges in Maine. the state.
Business partners, representing nearly 100,000 workers, have signed the Maine Workforce Development Compact with the Maine Quality Centers, the workforce training arm of the Maine Community College System.
Partner companies include LLBean Inc., Hannaford Supermarkets, and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
“We’re very excited to partner with Maine businesses, industry associations and chambers of commerce who are literally signing on the dotted line to help their workers and members get fast, free, and tailored training – and a chance.” to get a college degree at a low cost, ”Daigler said.
Under the agreements, Maine Quality Centers will provide employees of participating companies with entry-level training and professional development as well as scholarships and reduced tuition fees for college courses offered by a community college in Maine.
Participating companies will in turn support employees pursuing a college education and collaborate with Maine Quality Centers by appointing a workplace liaison for the program, coordinating support for interns, and advising centers on future workforce training needs.