With Aspirations, you can get a jump-start on your college career and save money. Aspirations is a program co-sponsored by the Maine Department of Education and Maine’s Public Universities and Community Colleges. High school students may take up to 6 credits per academic semester on a college campus or out-reach center.

Students must be:

  • Juniors or Seniors (with some exceptions)
  • In academic good standing with a B average
  • Enrolled in a public school, or homeschool
  • Able to pay unified fees per credit, plus the cost of the book(s)

Aspirations allows high school students to begin college with credits already on their record, prove that they are capable of college-level work, and save hundreds of dollars in tuition fees.

To find out about applying for an Aspirations class, contact your Guidance Office. They will have the appropriate form and a class listing of eligible courses. You can also contact the UMPI Admissions Office to find out how these classes can help get you started on your degree.

The courses that we offer through Aspirations include options for on-site, at the Houlton Higher Education Center and UMPI. In addition to online courses, which give you the opportunity to take classes that work around your schedule.

Click here to see which Aspirations courses are being offered by UMPI. Aspirations students can take 100 and 200 level courses.

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Aspirations FAQ

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?

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

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?

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

What is the difference between Aspirations and Dual-Credit?

Aspirations courses are taught by UMPI faculty through the UMPI campus. You are can take up to six credits per academic semester. Dual-Credit are courses taught at high schools by UMPI-approved high school teachers. These courses cost $20/academic credit. They count toward your high school diploma AND toward 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 individual high schools. Check out our Dual-Credit webpage to see if your high school offers this unique opportunity.

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. To put it 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 $20 per credit. That’s a $200 per credit that you could save—a 90% savings per credit!

Will these courses transfer?

Aspirations 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.

How do I pay my bill?

Aspirations/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 and the Guidance Department at your high school will collect your payment.

If you are a homeschooled student participating in this program, please mail your payment in the form of a check to the UMPI Financial services department.

My bill is incorrect.

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

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 just as UMPI students do.

How do I drop/withdraw from a course?

To drop/withdraw from a course, please contact the office of the Registrar at (207) 768-9581 or via email at Please be aware of the add/drop and withdrawal dates during the semester. Withdrawal dates also affect Dual-Credit students.

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

You can purchase your textbooks right through the campus store online..

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

Dropping a course and withdrawing from a course are essentially the same thing, but 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 with 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. View the Academic Calendar.

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.

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 We can set up tutoring appointments via Skype, Google Hangouts, or over the phone.

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

You are charged for any courses that you withdraw from after the add/drop period.

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

If your student is in an Aspiration(s) course, They must complete one of our FERPA consent forms in order for you to receive information about their grades.

More information about FERPA and links to download the forms are available on the Registrar’s website.

Can I attend campus events?

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

View the UMPI Cultural Events Calendar

Do I receive any student discounts with my UMPI ID?

There are a number of locations 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
  • 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