High school students that are ready for the challenge of University-level courses may be able to earn college credit right now in their own high school. If your high school has partnered with UMPI, Concurrent Enrollment is an option. Concurrent Enrollment classes offer both the UMPI course and high school course all rolled into one. These courses are taught by your high school faculty that have university credentials. Successful completion of such a course allows students to earn both high school credit toward their diploma as well as college credit from UMPI toward a college degree. Faculty work hard behind the scenes to ensure that your Concurrent Enrollment experience matches the same course offered at UMPI. Taking a Concurrent Enrollment course will save you a lot of time and money! If you attend a school that does not offer Concurrent Enrollment, or if you would like additional choices, please check out Aspirations. Either way, early college is a great investment in your future.
Concurrent Enrollment FAQ
How do I sign up for Concurrent Enrollment?
Please talk with your school counselor to see if Concurrent Enrollment is right for you and which courses are available. To register for a Concurrent Enrollment course you will need to create an account or sign in to an existing account through the registration portal ExplorEC.
What is ExplorEC?
ExplorEC is the online (paperless) registration portal for both Aspirations and Concurrent Enrollment courses.
What is the difference between Aspirations and Concurrent Enrollment?
Aspirations courses are taught by UMPI faculty through the Presque Isle campus, Houlton Center, or Online. Concurrent Enrollment are courses taught at high schools by UMPI-approved high school teachers.
Concurrent Enrollment offers both the UMPI course and high school course all rolled into one. These courses are taught at our partner high schools by high school faculty in the high school that have university credentials. Successful completion of such a course allows students to earn both high school credit toward their high school diploma as well as college credit from UMPI that can be put toward a college degree.
Will these courses transfer?
Concurrent Enrollment courses that you take through UMPI will transfer to all other University of Maine System institutions, as well as to numerous private colleges. For specifics, talk to your school counselor.
When do I have to sign up for my class?
Concurrent Enrollment students must sign up by the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. Talk with your school counselor for your school’s deadline.
How do I drop/withdraw 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. Both of these will officially remove you from the course. There is a set time period called add/drop at the beginning of the semester where you can drop a course and it will not be noted 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, a “W” designation will be listed on your official college transcript. A “W” simply means that you have withdrawn from the course and is not a grade or mean that you failed. There are specific deadlines for both dropping and withdrawing from a course that vary from semester to semester. Check with your school counselor for yours.
How much does it cost for a Concurrent Enrollment course?
The State of Maine Department of Education and The University of Maine at Presque Isle cover tuition charges for up to a maximum of 12 credit hours per year. The 12 hour limit applies to all early college courses combined across the University of Maine System campuses as well as the Maine Community College System and is contingent on state funding availability.
Students will be charged the early college rate for all hours over the 12 credit hour limit or if state funding expires. There may be additional costs such as course fees, materials, and textbooks. Please contact us for additional details.
When will I get my bill?
Concurrent Enrollment students should talk with your school counselor for their procedure to pay for these courses.
How do I pay my bill?
Payment is coordinated through the Guidance Department at your high school and is required when you register if you exceed the 12 credit hour limit per year. If you are a homeschooled student participating in this program, please mail your payment in the form of a check to the UMPI Student Financial Services.
How many Concurrent Enrollment courses can I take per semester?
The State of Maine Department of Education and The University of Maine at Presque Isle waive tuition charges for up to 6 credit hours for fall semesters and 6 credit hours for spring, up to a maximum of 12 per year. The 12 hour limit applies to all early college courses combined across the University of Maine System campuses as well as the Maine Community College System. You may take additional Concurrent Enrollment courses if it is allowed by your school and you pay the additional tuition costs.
Why am I still being charged for a course even though I withdrew?
No refunds are available for Concurrent Enrollment courses.
Where do I purchase my textbooks?
For Concurrent Enrollment students your high school will provide your books.
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 have an IEP or 504 plan at my high school. How does that apply to the university and can I get help?
Students who have 504 plans or IEPs in their high schools often feel that they wish to attempt college-level courses without these plans in place. There is a better way to approach this topic. Because the rigor of a college-level course is higher than that of a high school course, students are encouraged to reach out to Student Support Services. Some of the services provided or coordinated for students with disabilities include testing accommodations, note-takers, ordering alternate format texts, classroom relocation, and advisement on disability issues.