Student Accounts

USM's Student Accounts Office administers the payment policies and procedures for Maine Law. For an overview to the basic steps of paying for your Maine Law education visit USM's Student Accounts web site. This page will explain the policies and procedures that USM's Student Accounts follows within the billing functions, such as financial aid, payment plans, billing addresses, late fees, etc.

A few highlights include:


Billing

Each semester, the University establishes specific dates for charging students and mailing bills. It is the student's responsibility to maintain accurate home and local addresses at the Registrar's Office.

How to Make Payment

The University offers a variety of payment options including:

  • Cash: Cash payment may be made at the Student Accounts or at an off-campus center. Cash should not be mailed.
  • Check: Tuition checks should be made payable to the University of Southern Maine. The student's name and student I.D. (usually social security number) should be shown on the check.
  • Credit Card: The University accepts MasterCard and Discover (credit only).

Financial Aid From USM

The University offers eligible students grants, scholarships, loans, and employment opportunities. Grants, scholarships, and loans are credited for payment of University charges. Additional information can be obtained from Student Financial Aid.

Installment Payment

The University offers a variety of payment plans. Additional information about these plans, participation fees, and enrollment deadlines is available from Student Accounts.

Outside Scholarships

Students must notify Student Accounts of any non-University scholarships, to be used to pay University charges, prior to the date payment is due. Upon receipt of proper documentation, the University may extend the payment due date.

Third Party Payments

A student must give Student Accounts written authorization from the agency/employer prior to the payment due date. No conditional payment offers will be accepted. If, for any reason, the University is unable to secure payment from the agency/employer, the student is responsible for all unpaid charges.

When Payment Is Due

Each semester, the University establishes specific dates payment is due and notifies the students of these dates on bills and through University publications.

Tuition & Room Refunds

Refund Policy: The charges assessed students who withdraw from all classes at the University are adjusted in accordance with the schedules shown below. The date the Registrar receives written notification of withdrawal is used when calculating refunds. A semester begins with the first day of scheduled Law School classes and includes weekends and holidays.

Failure to notify the Registrar promptly will increase financial liability. A student who feels the withdrawal was caused by reasons beyond his/her control (extended illness or military service obligations, for example) may petition for special consideration up to 90 days after the close of the semester/session for which the student is claiming a refund. Charges will not be reduced for voluntary absence from classes. Contact the Registrar for additional information about this procedure.

The following schedule applies when a student withdraws from the University. University fees are not refunded after the 100% refund period. Students who vacate University housing, but remain enrolled, will be charged in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Residence Hall contract.

Fall and Spring Semester Refund Percentage
Withdrawal prior to the end of the second week 100%
Withdrawal prior to the end of the fifth week 50%
Withdrawal prior to the end of the eighth week 25%
Withdrawal after the eighth week 0%

For special and summer Sessions more than three weeks, please see current summer session catalog for summer session withdrawal.

Rules Governing In-State & Out-of-State Tuition

There are many factors which will be considered in determining residency for in-state tuition purposes. No one factor can be used to establish domicile, rather all factors and circumstances must be considered on a case-by-case basis. A domicile or residency classification assigned by a public or private authority neither qualifies nor disqualifies a student for UMS in-state status. For more in-depth information, see the University of Maine System's Residency Guidelines.

A student applying for admission to a degree program is classified as eligible, or not eligible, for in-state tuition at the time of acceptance to the University. A non-matriculated (non-degree) student is classified as eligible, or not eligible, for in-state tuition at the time of registration. The decision, made by the campus Chief Financial Officer, or other officials designated by the campus, shall be made based on information and documentation furnished by the student and other information available to the University. No student is eligible for in-state tuition classification until he or she has become domiciled in Maine, in accordance with University guidelines, before such registration. If the student is enrolled full-time in an academic program, as defined by the University, it will be presumed that the student is in Maine for educational purposes, and that the student is not in Maine to establish a domicile. A residence established for the purpose of attending a UMS campus shall not by itself constitute domicile. The burden will be on the student to prove that he or she has established a Maine domicile for other than educational purposes.

In general, the following criteria will be used to determine residency:

    1. An individual who has lived in the State of Maine, for other than educational purposes, one year prior to registration or application to the University is considered an in-state student.

    2. A student who is dependent on his/her parent(s) and/or legally appointed guardian (or to whom custody is granted by court order) is considered to have a domicile with the parent(s) for tuition purposes. A student of parents legally separated or divorced may be granted in-state status if a noncustodial or joint custodial parent is domiciled in Maine and has contributed more than 50 percent of financial support for at least one year prior to the semester for which in-state status is sought. Verification of the student’s dependent status or the parent’s contribution of financial support must be documented (custody, support, guardianship decrees or agreements, etc.)

    3. A student will be considered in-state for tuition purposes if they are the spouse or domestic partner of an individual who currently has continuous, permanent full-time employment in Maine and their employment began prior to the student registering or applying for degree status at the University. Students seeking in-state tuition based on a domestic partnership relationship must submit an approved Affidavit of Domestic Partnership.

    4. A student will be considered in-state for tuition purposes if they are the spouse or domestic partner of an individual who has resided in Maine, for other than educational purposes, one year prior to the student registering or applying for degree status at the University. Students seeking in-state tuition based on a domestic partnership relationship must submit an approved Affidavit of Domestic Partnership.

    5. Members of the Armed Forces and their dependents, including spouse or domestic partner, will be granted in-state tuition during such periods of time as they are stationed on active duty within the State of Maine or if their Military State of residency is Maine as evidenced by appropriate official documentation. Individuals who have been granted in-state tuition under these conditions but then cease from active duty would continue to be granted in-state tuition. A Maine resident who is absent from the State for military or full-time educational purposes will normally remain eligible for in-state tuition. Students seeking in-state tuition based on a domestic partnership relationship must submit an approved Affidavit of Domestic Partnership.

    6. In-state tuition is not available to anyone who holds a non-immigrant U.S. visa. If an individual is not a domiciliary of the United States, they cannot be a domiciliary of the State of Maine.

      A non-citizen who is a permanent resident of the United States (or has approval pending for such status) is eligible for Maine residency for tuition purposes provided that he/she meets the same requirements for establishing residency in Maine as are required of a United States citizen.

      Non-citizens who are in (or have approval pending for) refugee/asylum status are likewise eligible to be considered for Maine residency status for tuition purposes provided that he/she meets the same requirements for establishing residency in Maine as are required of a United States citizen.

      All non-citizens must provide appropriate documentation related to residency and to verify their status with the Department of Homeland Security. This documentation is not part of the admissions process.

    7. A student who attended an out-of-state educational institution at in-state tuition rates in the immediately preceding semester, shall be presumed to be in Maine for educational purposes and not to establish a domicile. Normally such students must wait one semester before attaining in-state status. Again, the burden will be on the individual to prove that he or she has established a Maine domicile for other than educational purposes.

    To change tuition status, the following procedures are to be followed:

    1. "Request for Change in Tuition Status" must be filed with the campus Chief Financial Officer or designee on or before the campus's first day of classes for the summer session, fall or spring semester for which residency is requested. Applications may not be retroactive.

    2. The campus Chief Financial Officer (or such other designated official) shall issue a written decision within 30 days.

    3. The student may appeal the decision of the Chief Financial Officer (or such other designated official) in writing within 30 days to the President (or designee) of the campus.

    4. The President (or designee) will issue a final decision within 30 days.