2020-2021 Tuition, Fees, Room & Board

Based on a typical full-time load of 32 credits per year, a double room, a Plan A 7-Day All-Access dining plan with $100 Flex, and mandatory fees, the annual expenses at the University of Maine at Farmington for the 2020-2021 academic year are:

 Maine Resident  Non-Maine Resident  New England Regional Program *
 Tuition  $ 9,216 per year  $20,640 ** per year  $15,200 * per year
 Mandatory Fees  $ 932 per year  $ 932 per year  $ 932 per year
 Room & Board  $ 9,703 per year  $ 9,703 per year  $ 9,703 per year
 TOTAL  $19,851 per year  $31,275 per year $25,835 per year

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* New England Regional Student Program Tuition Discounts for Non-Maine Residents — a savings of more than $5,000 per year

Through the New England Regional Student Program, students from other New England states can apply for certain academic programs at UMF and pay reduced tuition. That’s a savings of more than $5,000 per year. See which UMF programs qualify.

Residents of Canada may pay the Maine resident tuition rate.

Note: If you are an out-of-state (non-Maine) resident and one of your parents or grandparents is a University of Maine at Farmington graduate, you qualify for our special Farmington is Family tuition discount.


Are you a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member from a state other than Maine? You receive Maine’s low Maine Resident Tuition — a savings of more than $11,000 per year

All U.S Veterans and Active Duty Service Members receive our low Maine Resident Tuition Rate, regardless of your home state.

See our Veteran Services page for details


In addition to the above charges, which apply to all students, there is a one-time orientation fee of $230 for entering first-year students and transfer students.

Also, students enrolled in 9 or more credits at any University of Maine System campus are required to be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan at an annual premium of $2,264. If you already have coverage under another plan, you will be able to opt out of the Student Health Insurance Plan by October 1, 2020. For details, please contact the UMF Merrill Center, 207‐778‐7100.

When comparing costs at different colleges, be sure you are accounting for all categories of charges — especially mandatory fees. Not every school includes its mandatory fees in their published annual costs / expenses.

The financial requirements of the University, changing costs, state and legislative action, and other matters may require adjustment of these published charges and expenses. The University reserves the right, up to the date of final registration for a given academic term, to make such adjustments as may be deemed necessary by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. The applicant acknowledges this.


A 2021 “Best Value School,” Regional Colleges – North  (#4)
— U.S. News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was also rated the #4 U.S.News Best Value School – Regional Colleges – North for 2021.

According to U.S. News, their calculation takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking. UMF was the Top ranked Public Regional College – North.

The Best Value schools were determined by taking into account a school’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. According to U.S.News, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.

Farmington is the highest ranked Best Value School among New England public colleges in the Regional Colleges – North category. 

The category Regional Colleges – North includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland that focus on the undergraduate experience.

A 2020-2021 “Best College for Your Money”
— Money magazine

The University of Maine at Farmington was chosen one of Money magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money for 2020-2021.

The personal finance publication’s rankings recognized Farmington as the second of only three public higher education institutions in Maine that successfully combine quality of education, affordability and post-graduate outcomes. The annual Money rankings offers a practical analysis of more than 700 four-year colleges throughout the U.S., with UMF placing in the top half, nationwide.

Ten different indicators were used to capture the value of post-graduate outcomes, including early career earnings, experienced career earnings and the ability of students to succeed in professional careers. This year’s rankings place special emphasis on affordability, which now accounts for 40% of the ratings, and includes two new net price figures to capture affordability for students from both low- and middle-income backgrounds.

A 2020 “Best Bang for Your Buck College”
— Washington Monthly

The University of Maine at Farmington was named a Washington Monthly 2020 “Best Bang for the Buck” college in the Northeast.

This is the 11th year in a row UMF has been recognized by Washington Monthly as a smart, well-run college that helps students earn a high-quality diploma at an affordable price while instilling in them a sense of service.

A 2021 “Best College for Veterans,” Regional Colleges – North  (#2)
— U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News ranked the University of Maine at Farmington #2 Best School for Veterans – Regional Colleges – North for 2021.

The Best Schools for Veterans category was created to provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help veterans make pursuing a college education more affordable.

To be included in this ranking, schools must be certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or be a public school that charges in-state tuition to all out-of-state veterans, enroll a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members and be in the top half of its ranking category.

The category Regional Colleges – North includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland that focus on the undergraduate experience.

We offer our low Maine resident tuition rate to all U.S. Veterans and Active Duty Service Members – from every state. A savings of more than $11,000 per year.

See our Veteran Services page for details

A 2019 “Top 50 Best Value Public University for Out-of-State Students”
— Affordable Colleges.com

Farmington was named a 2019 Top 50 Most Affordable Public School for Out-of-State Students by Affordable Colleges.com. The online guide recognizes public universities that provide students with an opportunity to get a high quality education far from home at an in-state price. UMF was the only school in Maine listed in the Top 10 and just one of only two schools named in all of New England.

Others in the Top 50 include Louisiana State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of Georgia, University of Texas, among others.

A 2018-2019 Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly College
— Student Loan Hero.com

The University of Maine at Farmington was named one of the nation’s Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges by Student Loan Hero.com. UMF was rated #15 in the nation in its Out-of-State Affordability Rank and #21 in the nation in its In-State Affordability Rank.

Student Loan Hero rated progressive colleges and universities from across the nation that take a strong stand against discrimination — and won’t break the bank. It selected schools that score four stars or higher (out of a total of five) by Campus Pride (see below) and then ranked them according to their affordability for students. Other schools listed include Princeton University, Amherst, College, Williams College, Swarthmore College, Duke University, Colgate University, University of Pennsylvania, among others.


Apply to Farmington FREE. Yes, FREE.

Last year we eliminated our application fee. For everyone. All the time. Look, you’ve done all the hard work to prepare yourself for the next step in your education. You shouldn’t have to worry about coming up with an application fee. Just concentrate on finding the best college for you.

Please Note: Freshman (First-Year Student) on-campus residency requirement.

We want you to get your college career off on the right foot and give you the absolute best opportunity to succeed.

Our research has shown that our most successful students — those who became truly immersed in all we have to offer: academics, extracurricular activities, social life, research, volunteer opportunities, everything — lived on campus their very first year. In fact, on-campus residency has proven to be so valuable to our students’ success, we’ve made it a requirement for all freshmen (what we call “First-year students”).

Learn more about our residency requirement here.