Why This Matters

  • MEDIAN WEEKLY SALARY OF $1,248 FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREE HOLDERS

    According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average bachelor’s degree holder earns $1,248 per week. In comparison, high school diploma holders make $746 per week.

  • $10,750 PAID IN TUITION & FEES

    Data from College Board shows that the average Maine resident paid $10,750 in tuition and fees at public in-state colleges for the 2020-21 school year.

  • U.S. STUDENTS RECEIVED $14,940 IN FINANCIAL AID IN 2019-20

    During the 2019-20 school year, the average full-time undergraduate student in the U.S. received approximately $14,940 in financial aid.

Our Research

For our list of the best online colleges in Maine, we reviewed research schools, mid-sized universities, and liberal arts colleges. Factors we considered include tuition costs, the credits needed to graduate, and the form in which coursework is provided.

We helped ensure the quality of these programs by narrowing our focus down to programs accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). NECHE, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, is a regional accreditor that evaluates the academic performance and effectiveness of schools across the New England area. Regional accreditations are valuable as they’re often required for students looking to earn professional credentials after they graduate.

  • 28 hours to write this article
  • 42 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 56 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Online Colleges in Maine

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Maine

While preparing for online college, you should consider your career aspirations and salary goals. As of May 2020, the occupations with the highest median wages for bachelor’s degree holders in Maine were architectural and engineering managers, personal financial advisors, computer and information systems managers, computer network architects, and chief executives.

As you consider college and your area of study, you should evaluate fields that have a large number of job openings. Occupations that have high employment rates for bachelor’s degree holders over the next decade are general and operations managers, registered nurses, accountants and auditors, business operations specialists, and elementary school teachers (except special education).

It’s also important to consider which jobs are expected to drop in employment over the next 10 years. The occupations that require a bachelor’s degree and are projected to decline in Maine are chemical engineers, reporters and correspondents, set and exhibit designers, adult basic and secondary education teachers, and proofreaders.

What’s Next?

As you research different online colleges in Maine, keep in mind how you plan to fund your education. Below is a list of federal and state resources that connect undergraduate students to grants, scholarships, and loans in Maine.

  • Maine Department of Education. The Maine Department of Education offers resources to help students find state-based financial aid. It also provides tips for budgeting and accounting for school.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Every year, the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid offers over $120 billion in financial aid. To discover if you’re eligible for FAFSA, visit the FAFSA4caster. If you qualify, you can apply through the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. Sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerOneStop helps students find scholarships and grants in their state. After filtering information by degree level and location, students gain access to useful information about award amounts, qualification requirements, and application deadlines.