Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates vary according to the student's residency and are determined at the time of acceptance. Maine resident tuition rates are lower than out-of-state tuition rates. A number of New England residents, from states that do not have a state law school, are granted New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) rates. Canadian citizens are granted a tuition rate similar to the NEBHE rate. For additional information on determining your residency status, please visit the residency section on USM's Student Accounts Office web pages.

Tuition Charges 2013-2014

Maine Resident
New England Regional Program & Canadian Citizens
Non-Maine Resident

In addition, full-time students pay approximately $1270 per year in mandatory fees.

Tuition Charges Per Credit Hour

For students registered for fewer than 12 credits

Maine Resident $743.00
New England Regional Program $1014.00
Non-Maine Resident $1112.00

New England Regional Program (NEBHE) Tuition Rates

Each year, by virtue of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Compact, a limited number of students from New England states, other than Connecticut and Massachusetts, are eligible to pay a special tuition rate equal to the in-state tuition rate plus 50%. Unless the NEBHE Compact changes and/or the University policy changes, a student who enters the Law School eligible for NEBHE rates will remain eligible for this consideration during the full three years he or she is enrolled.

Student Budget

It is estimated that a single student will spend approximately $15,794 during the nine month academic year on fees, books, housing, travel, and other living expenses.


Application For Admission: $50.00

Unified Fee: A mandatory fee used to cover fixed costs of providing educational services that may not already be supported by tuition. This fee is assessed on a per credit hour basis and is $28 per credit hour per semester.

Transportation Fee: A mandatory fee assessed to all students registered for courses. It is charged per semester of attendance.

0.5 - 5.99 credits $55
6.0 - 11.9 credits $83
12 or more credits $110

Student Activity Fee (Per Semester): $50 - mandatory fee that supports educational, cultural, and social activities.

Health Service Fee: $80 per semester or $160 per year. The University provides health services. A mandatory fee is charged to students registered for six or more credits. This fee eliminates charges for office visits and reduces charges for other services. Students registered for less than six credits can voluntarily pay this fee and gain access to the same services. This is separate from costs associated with the optional health insurance available through the University.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is optional. The current cost is $3,595 per year. Insurance is also available for dependents of students. Additional information is available from Health Services.

For additional billing information, visit The University of Southern Maine Student Accounts Office.