University of Southern Maine

Portland, ME

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Military Quick Facts

  • BAH Rate
    $2,150
  • Online BAH
    $988
  • GI Bill® Approved Programs
    YES
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
    YES
  • Approved for Tuition Assistance
    YES
  • Offers College Credit for Military Experience
    YES
  • Awards Credit for CLEP Exam
    YES
  • Awards Credit for DSST Exam
    YES
  • $0 Tuition Cost for Veterans
Yellow Ribbon

University of Southern Maine Military and Veteran Affairs

The following is military and veteran affairs admission, tuition, and transfer information for University of Southern Maine. This includes contact information for their veteran affairs department, as well as other info related to military and veteran programs such as Tuition Assistance and the Yellow Ribbon program.

Military and Veteran Costs
  • Tuition Cost
    $ 8,640
  • GI Bill Coverage
    - $ 8,640
  • Student Veteran Cost
    $ 0
    This GI Bill coverage is based on full benefits remaining. Any potential costs and coverage should be verified by the university before applying.

Military/Veteran Support

  • BAH - Campus
    $2,150
  • BAH - Online
    $988
  • Campus SVA Chapter
    YES
  • Full-Time Veteran Counselor On Campus
    YES
  • Signed VA Principles Of Excellence
    YES
  • Club/Association for Veterans
    YES
  • Veteran Upward Bound Program
    YES
  • 8 Keys to Veterans' Success
    YES
  • Offers ROTC Program
    YES
  • GI Bill Approved Programs
    YES
Academic Support
  • Offers College Credit for Military Experiences
    YES
  • Awards Credit for CLEP Exam
    YES
  • Awards Credit for DSST Exam
    YES
Financial Support
  • Approved for Tuition Assistance
    YES
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
    YES
  • Scholarships for Military
    YES
  • Reduced Tuition for Military
    YES
  • MyCAA
    NO
ROTC Detail
Costs
  • Undergraduate
    $8,640
    In State
    $23,640
    Out of State
  • Graduate
    $7,776
    In State
    $21,888
    Out of State
  • Cost-Per-Credit Hour - Undergraduate
    $288
    Campus
    $0
    Online
  • Cost-Per-Credit Hour - Graduate
    $432
    Campus
    $0
    Online
  • Textbooks
    $600
  • GI Bill Textbook Coverage
    - $1000
  • Total Cost to Student Veteran
    $ 0
Student Population
  • Student Count
    5,255
    Undergraduate
    2,040
    Graduate
    375
    GI Bill Students
  • Male
    37%
    Population
  • Female
    63%
    Population
Affiliation
  • Religious
    No Religious Affiliation
  • Ethnicity
    No Ethnic Affiliation
  • Gender
    Coed School
School Information
  • College Type
    Public
  • Setting
    Urban
  • Accreditation Type
    Regional
  • Duration
    4 Year
  • Calendar
    Semesters
  • Online Undergraduate
    Yes
  • Online Graduate
    Yes
Average Scores
  • Avg. Accepted
    470
    SAT Math
    488
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
    22
    ACT
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Director of Veterans Services

USM's Veterans Services is a resource for over 400 veterans, service members, and their families. Transitioning from combat to the classroom can be challenging and so can navigating the U.S. government benefits known as the GI Bill®. USM Veterans Services is here to help. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Message From The School

Welcome to the University of Southern Maine! Veterans Services is ready to help you succeed throughout your time here. Please reach out with any question, regardless if it is about benefits, and we’ll get you where you need to go.

University of Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine is a 4-year, public university located in Portland, ME. Students at University of Southern Maine can enroll in bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs.

The University of Southern Maine (USM), northern New England’s outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, is dedicated to providing our diverse student body - of which over 40% are adults - with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education.

University of Southern Maine Military & Veteran Support Programs

University of Southern Maine offers the following veteran and military support programs:

Does the University of Southern Maine offer online degree programs?

Yes, the University of Southern Maine offers online degree programs.

Is the University of Southern Maine a GI Bill approved school?

Yes, University of Southern Maine is a GI Bill approved school. Every program offered at USM is approved for GI use. For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

Is the University of Southern Maine a Yellow Ribbon school?

Yes, the University of Southern Maine is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Eligible military and veteran students may have up to 100% of their tuition covered, with zero tuition costs out-of-pocket. You will need to check with the school to ensure that your preferred degree program is 100% covered by the Yellow Ribbon. For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

Does the University of Southern Maine offer Yellow Ribbon for master’s programs?

Yes, the University of Southern Maine offers Yellow Ribbon funding for master’s programs.  

Eligible students may have up to 100% of their tuition covered, with zero costs out-of-pocket. You will need to check with the school to ensure that your preferred advanced degree program is in fact covered by the Yellow Ribbon. For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

Does the University of Southern Maine offer a military discount or reduced tuition rates for military and veterans?

No, University of Southern Maine does not offer a military discount or reduced tuition for military and veterans. For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

What are University of Southern Maine’s tuition rates for military and veterans?

At $288.00 per credit hour University of Southern Maine’s tuition rate for active military does exceed the Tuition Rate assistance cap of $250 per hour. This means that the student may have out-of-pocket costs. The Boulos Scholarship is available for students in their last 30 credits and FTA recipients are eligible to apply.  For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

What are University of Southern Maine’s online tuition rates for military and veterans?

At $288.00 per credit hour University of Southern Maine’s online tuition rate for active military does exceed the Tuition Rate assistance cap of $250 per hour. This means that the student may have out-of-pocket costs. For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

Is the University of Southern Maine approved for Tuition Assistance?

Yes, the University of Southern Maine is approved for Tuition Assistance.  

Eligible students may have portions of their tuition covered, and may incur out-of-pocket costs. You will need to check with the school to ensure that your preferred degree program is covered by Tuition Assistance. For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

Does the University of Southern Maine offer master’s programs covered by Tuition Assistance?

Yes, University of Southern Maine has master’s degree programs covered by Tuition Assistance funding.  

Eligible active military students may have portions of their tuition covered,and may incur out-of-pocket expenses. You will need to check with the school to ensure that your preferred degree program is covered by Tuition Assistance. For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

Is the University of Southern Maine a military friendly school?

University of Southern Maine is considered military friendly. They feature a veteran counselor on campus, credit for military service, and are a Yellow Ribbon School.  In addition, USM offers veteran/military only orientation, has a robust work study team of student veterans, peer mentor program, Green Zone training to faculty and staff, and have dedicated staff to assist with any questions. 

We also offer the Boulos Scholarship - available for students in their last 30 credits and FTA recipients are eligible to apply.

Is the University of Southern Maine a MyCAA school?

Yes, University of Southern Maine is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school.  For more info, please contact veteran services and/or admissions here.

Message from University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine (USM), northern New England’s outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, is dedicated to providing our diverse student body - of which over 40% are adults - with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. 

We are a Military-friendly and Yellow Ribbon school for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. We are also a GI Bill approved school and offer credit for relevant military experience. Serving 400+ GI Bill recipients,  we recognize and value your military training and education. Our Veterans Services team can evaluate your military experience for credit towards your degree.

We no longer require an application fee for undergraduate or graduate admission. This includes in-state, out-of-state, and international applicants as well as reapplication or reactivation.

We are now SAT or ACT optional with the exception of our Nursing program. Due to its competitive nature, undergraduate applicants to nursing must submit their SAT or ACT scores when applying.

Our faculty stand out for their teaching, research, scholarly publication, and creative activity, committed to fostering a spirit of critical inquiry and civic participation. Included among them are Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellows, advisors to state and local government, and acclaimed authors which positions them well to help our students put classroom theory into real-world practice by becoming involved in community issues. 

Through active and service learning, we are committed to community engagement both for the benefit of our students and the world around us, evidence that especially in a small state, motivated people can make a big difference.