FAQ

FAQ

General FAQ

What is the difference between Aspirations and Dual-Credit?

What is the difference between Aspirations and Dual-Credit?

Aspirations courses are courses that you can take that are taught by UMPI faculty through the UMPI campus. You are can take up to six credits tuition free per academic semester. Dual-Credit are courses taught at high schools by UMPI-approved high school teachers. These courses cost $15/academic credit. They count towards your high school diploma AND towards the University of Maine at Presque Isle transcript. You can take Aspirations through the Presque Isle campus, Houlton Center or Online. Dual-Credit is taken through your high school.

What is the difference between Dual-Credit and Dual-Degree?

What is the difference between Dual-Credit and Dual-Degree?

Dual-Degree allows the opportunity for students at MSSM to earn up to two years worth of college credit, and even an Associate’s degree for specific high school courses that they take. Dual-Credit are courses taught at high schools by UMPI-approved high school teachers. These courses cost $15/academic credit. They count towards your high school diploma AND towards the University of Maine at Presque Isle transcript.

Why is Early College important?

Why is Early College important?

Early College saves you time and money! The more classes that you take in high school for college, the less you have to take later. You receive a very large discount by taking early college courses and you can get college classes out of the way. To put it in a little more in perspective, take this example: the cost for a Maine Resident at the University of Maine at Presque Isle is $220 per credit; the cost for a high school student enrolled in a dual-credit course pays $15 per credit. That’s a $205 per credit savings.

Will these courses transfer?

Will these courses transfer?

Courses that you take through UMPI will transfer to all other University of Maine System institutions, as well as to nearly all private colleges. For specifics, talk to your guidance counselor.

UMPI dual credit courses will transfer to all of the following UMS Institutions:

University of Maine
University of Southern Maine
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maine at Augusta
University of Maine at Machias
University of Maine at Fort Kent

If I participate in Early College, will it affect my sports eligibility while I'm in college?

If I participate in Early College, will it affect my sports eligibility while I'm in college?

Simply put, no. Participating in Early College will not affect your sports eligibility while you’re in college.

Billing

When will I get my bill?

When will I get my bill?

For Dual-Credit, parents will receive a bill of $15/credit. There is no bill for Aspirations students.

How do I pay my bill?

How do I pay my bill?

Dual-Credit/Dual-Degree: Payment is coordinated through the Guidance Department at your high school. You will make a check out to the University of Maine at Presque Isle for the amount that is due and the Guidance Department will collect your payment.

My bill is incorrect.

My bill is incorrect.

Please contact Student Financial Services in Preble Hall or at (207) 768-9510 if your bill is incorrect.

Registration

When do I have to sign up for my class?

When do I have to sign up for my class?

Aspirations students must sign up by the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. Dual-credit students also must sign up by the add/drop period.

How do I drop/withdraw from a course?

How do I drop/withdraw from a course?

To drop/withdraw from a course, please contact Kathy Davis at (207) 768-9581 or via email at kathy.k.davis@maine.edu. Please be aware of the add/drop and withdrawal dates during the semester. Withdrawal dates also affect Dual-Credit students.

What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing from a course?

What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing from a course?

Dropping a course and withdrawing from a course are essentially the same thing; however, there is a one big difference. There is a set time period called add/drop after the semester begins in which you can drop a course, so you will have no penalty on your college transcript.

Withdrawing from a course is essentially dropping the course after the add/drop period ends. If you withdraw from a course, you will receive a “W” on your official college transcript.

*There are specific deadlines for both dropping and withdrawing from a course that vary from semester to semester.

Why am I still being charged for a course even though I withdrew?

Why am I still being charged for a course even though I withdrew?

Even though you have withdrawn from a course, you are charged for any courses that you withdraw from after the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. There are NO refunds available for dual-credit students.

Aspirations

How do I sign up for Aspirations courses?

How do I sign up for Aspirations courses?

You will sign up for Aspirations courses through your guidance counselor.

I don't live in Presque Isle; can I still take Aspirations courses?

I don't live in Presque Isle; can I still take Aspirations courses?

Yes, you can take an Aspirations courses regardless of your location as we offer courses on-site in Presque Isle, at the Houlton Center and online.

Are classes really free?

Are classes really free?

Yes! You only need to pay for your textbook.

How many classes can I take per semester?

How many classes can I take per semester?

You can take up to 6 credits per semester through the Aspirations program.

Can I take any class?

Can I take any class?

You can take any academic course for which you have met the course prerequisites as long as there is space available.

When do I have to sign up for my class?

When do I have to sign up for my class?

You need to sign up for your classes during the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester.

How do I drop/withdraw from a course?

How do I drop/withdraw from a course?

To drop/withdraw from a course, please contact Kathy Davis at (207) 768-9581 or via email at kathy.k.davis@maine.edu. Please be aware of the add/drop and withdrawal dates during the semester.

Can any high school student take Aspirations Courses?

Can any high school student take Aspirations Courses?

You have to be a junior or senior in good academic standing in order to take Aspirations courses.

Dual-Credit

How much do I pay for a dual-credit course?

How much do I pay for a dual-credit course?

Classes offered to high school students through UMPI cost $15 per credit. The course credit fee and any applicable textbook costs are the responsibility of the student.

How many courses can I take per semester?

How many courses can I take per semester?

That’s up to you; there is no limit to the number of Dual-Credit courses you can take.

When do I have to sign up for my class?

When do I have to sign up for my class?

You need to sign up for your classes during the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester.

How do I drop/withdraw from a course?

How do I drop/withdraw from a course?

To drop/withdraw from a course, please contact your guidance counselor. Please be aware of the add/drop and withdrawal dates during the semester.

Do I have to be a junior or senior to take dual-credit classes?

Do I have to be a junior or senior to take dual-credit classes?

No! You can take dual-credit classes as a freshman.

Dual-Degree

Does my school currently offer Dual-Degree?

Does my school currently offer Dual-Degree?

Currently we only have a Dual-Degree program with the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

Miscellaneous

As a parent, can I talk to my student's instructor about grades?

As a parent, can I talk to my student's instructor about grades?

If your student is taking dual-credit courses, you can talk with their high school teacher about their grades. If your student is in Aspirations courses, in order for you to get information about their grades your student must complete one of our FERPA consent forms, located at www.umpi.edu/offices/registrars-office/ferpa.

Can I attend campus events?

Can I attend campus events?

Yes! As an Early College student you can attend any campus event with the exception of UMPI dances. Most events are free and open to the public.

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

You can purchase your textbooks right through the campus store online at www.umpi.edu/offices/campus-store.

What services are available to me?

What services are available to me?

You have all the same services available to you as a traditional UMPI students. These include: tutoring, the Writing Center, and Student Support Services.

What can I do with my UMPI student ID?

What can I do with my UMPI student ID?

There are a number of locations around town where you can get discounts by presenting your Student ID. These Include:

Big Cheese Pizza – Free Big Stix with pizza order
Big Rock Ski Area in Mars Hill – 1/2 off lift tickets
UMPI Outing Club – Free equipment rental; email amanda.g.baker@maine.edu
Presque Isle Skating Rink at The Forum – Free admission
Northern Lanes – Free Bowling every Friday
Sandwhich Shop – 10% discount
Arby’s – 10% discount
Pizza Hut – 15% discount

*all subject to change without notice

What about parking?

What about parking?

You can park for free in any of our Visitor parking lots. However, if you would like to park in Student parking without receiving a ticket you will need to go to the Emerson Annex to fill out the appropriate paperwork and pay $10 for your parking sticker (which is good for one academic year).

I need a tutor but I can't go to campus.

I need a tutor but I can't go to campus.

If you would like to schedule a tutoring appointment, please contact our Tutor Coordinator at UMPI Anne Chase by emailing catherine.a.chase@maine.edu. We can set up tutoring appointments via Skype, Google Hangouts, or over the phone.