Online Colleges in Maine (ME) Ranked by Cost

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Colleges and universities across Maine that have online programs require students to pay an average tuition of $11,425 per year. The average tuition has increased by 16.5% in recent years. The yearly average tuition at these online Maine colleges in 2007 was $9,804.

The range of tuition at online schools in Maine offering programs is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the most to least expensive colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 2
Low cost 3
Average cost 2
Most expensive 3

A yearly tuition of over $21,100 is charged by the costliest schools that have online programs. On the other hand, the cheapest schools have annual tuition costs ranging from $2,520 to $2,604. Calais and Fairfield are home to the most inexpensive accredited online schools.

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Administration
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Pastoral Theology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies – Adult Education and Training
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies – Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies – Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies – Human Services
  • Associate of Science in Adult Education and Training

Of all graduates from online colleges across Maine, approximately 8% graduated from these low tuition programs in 2011. This represents 1,715 of the 22,113 graduates in Maine. Between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of graduates from the lowest cost online schools has increased, while the number of graduates has also increased by 139 graduates per year.

Yearly tuition in the range of $6,240 to $6,330 is charged by other somewhat more costly online colleges and universities. Of the 10 online colleges and universities that have programs in Maine, 3 have tuition in this range.

In 2011, 2,816 students received their credentials from these reasonably priced online programs. This represents 13% of the state’s graduates. Only 5 years prior, in 2006, the number of students graduating from these colleges was as much as 3,676. Thus, the number of graduates from these low tuition online colleges has decreased by 23%.

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1. Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield, Maine $2,520 $5,040
2. Washington County Community College Calais, Maine $2,604 $5,208
3. University of Maine Augusta, Maine $6,240 $15,120
4. University of Maine Machias, Maine $6,330 $17,610
5. University of Maine Fort Kent, Maine $6,330 $15,930
6. University of Maine Presque Isle, Maine $6,420 $15,930
7. University of Maine Orono, Maine $8,010 $23,040
8. Thomas College Waterville, Maine $21,100 $21,100
9. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Standish, Maine $26,400 $26,400
10. University of New England Biddeford, Maine $28,300 $28,300