Frequently Asked Questions for Parents & Families

The actual Cost of Attendance (COA) is unique for each student (where they are from, their major, etc.). The cost to attend MMA has two different types of costs – Direct Costs and Indirect Costs. When they are added together, that is your student’s COA.

Direct Costs – These are all of the fees that you have to pay. These include tuition, room and board (meals), general fees, licensing fees (for those in an unlimited license program), and Regiment uniforms and items (unlimited license programs only).

Indirect Costs – These are variable fees and may or may not be applicable to your student. An example is the laptop fee – if your student already has a laptop that meets the necessary standard (e.g. operating system, memory, etc.), the laptop fee can be removed from your student’s bill. Additionally, the cost of books may be lower or higher based on your student’s classes, while travel to and from home and personal/miscellaneous expenses can also vary in amount.

2019-2020 Maine Maritime Cost of  Attendance

Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance – Fees & Expenses

The COA at MMA is based upon an entire year (Fall, Spring, Summer) and includes Direct and Indirect Costs combined – there are no surprise or hidden fees – all of our fees and costs are up front. Unlike other state maritime academies, we include everything and explain what each fee/cost covers! When considering the financial aid offer from a particular school, or in comparing aid offers from multiple schools, you need to weigh your cost expectations against each school’s estimated total COA. The goal of this comparison is to better decide if you and/or your student can realistically manage the costs given the resources available to your family and the financial aid being offered by each school.Please visit the Financial Aid website here for costs and additional information.

For tips to afford higher education and other important and useful information, visit the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) website here.

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Filing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for financial aid and is a requirement for students who plan to pay for education after high school with the help of federal, state, or institutional aid such as grants, scholarships, work study, and loans. You can complete the FAFSA anytime on or after October 1. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free – be sure to apply at FAFSA.gov. The priority filing deadline for Maine Maritime Academy is February 1, but students can still send in their FAFSA after this date. Students begin to receive their financial aid offer beginning in December. NOTE: Even if your student is paying for their own college education, you are still required to fill out the FAFSA if you claim your student on your taxes and they are under the age of 24.

If you have questions about eligibility, student status, or anything with FAFSA, please visit the FAFSA website here.  Additionally, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has a helpful page dedicated to all things FAFSA here.

My student was selected for verification. Why?

Verification is a process that requires schools to collect additional income and household information from some students. It does not mean that you did anything wrong! Check out this great video explaining Verification.

If selected for Verification, complete and submit these forms:

If you are applying for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, you need to complete and submit the form below:

There are a variety of types of financial aid available. Some must be repaid (federal and private loans) while some do not (grants, merit awards, scholarships). The following types of aid are:

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  • Parent PLUS Loan
  • Student Private Alternative Education Loan
  • Pell Grant and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • State Grants
  • MMA Merit Awards and Scholarships
  • Federal Work Study

For additional information and an explanation of the types of aid available, visit the Financial Aid office.

NOTE: Your student may not qualify for all types of aid.

Whether your student is still considering attending Maine Maritime Academy or if they have accepted our offer of admission, we encourage you to attend the April Open House which includes an accepted student break-out session. This session provides important information for parents and families. If you can’t come to the Open House, you can come to campus with your student while they spend the day or night attending classes and shadowing a current student – after the morning presentation and tour, you can explore Castine and/or the many attractions in the area! To plan a visit or for information about the various opportunities to come to campus, click here.

If your student chooses to attend, we request that they accept their offer by May 1st. If your student does not plan to attend Maine Maritime Academy, please have them decline the offer of admission – but we hope your student chooses to attend!When your student accepts their offer of admission, an enrollment deposit of $250 must be submitted. The deposit can be conveniently paid online.

All incoming students, regardless of major, are required to submit proof of immunizations as well as completing the medical evaluation and physical examination forms. The forms can be accessed as form fill documents on your student’s Admissions portal, their MyMMA portal, or they can be accessed here. These forms should be submitted by MAY 1,  but they can be submitted when your student attends New Student Orientation (NSO).
Students are requested to send a certified copy of their birth certificate as well as a photocopy of their Social Security card to Admissions prior to their arrival in August. Students majoring in a license program are required to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential—TWIC. Students who visit campus after depositing can schedule an appointment to apply for their TWIC at MMA or they can apply during New Student Orientation (NSO). Likewise, students in a license program will need to have a valid passport. We encourage your student to have a passport prior to arriving in August. For information about obtaining or renewing a United States passport, click here. Students from other countries should refer to their appropriate government website or channels.

The Regiment of Midshipmen is a uniformed student body that fosters self-confidence, teamwork, self-discipline, honor, and integrity in young men and women. Participation in the Regiment is a federal requirement for students seeking an unlimited license in marine engineering or marine transportation but is open to all students.  Students joining the Regiment must participate in a ten-day Regimental Preparatory Training (RPT).  This is a challenging program that prepares students for life as a Midshipmen. After completion of RPT, students begin MUG Month for ongoing training and preparation before induction into the full Regiment of Midshipmen. MUG stands for Midshipmen Under Guidance, and is what a student is referred to before they are inducted into the full Regiment of Midshipmen. For more information about the Regiment, click here. If your student is from out-of-state, they need to contact the Bookstore to schedule their uniform fitting during New Student Orientation (NSO). Please call 207-326-2430 at the beginning of June to schedule. In-state students must make arrangements during the summer to come to campus to be fitted. NOTE: There is a $500 uniform deposit due at the time of fitting.

No – the Regiment is not a military program nor is it connected to any branch of the military. Students do not have any requirement to serve during their time at MMA or upon graduation. Students in the Regiment are required to wear uniforms and are split between four companies (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta), so on the outside, it looks like the military, but it is not.
Your student is required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO), however, we encourage you to attend as well! There are sessions specifically for parents and families focusing on financial aid, billing, the Regiment of Midshipmen, etc., and a casual social where you can meet other parents and families. Registration for NSO will begin April 1st via your student’s MyMMA portal and sessions will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. On-campus housing will be provided for all students during their NSO session while parents and families can stay on-campus, in Castine, or the surrounding area. Rooms on campus can be reserved on a first come, first served basis by contacting Conferences and Events here. There are three inns in Castine and multiple hotel/motel options in the surrounding area as well as two campgrounds. During NSO, your student may register for uniform fittings in the Bookstore as well as apply for their TWIC card through the Registrar’s Office.

All students who are under the age of 21 must live on campus. If your permanent address is 45 miles or less from campus and your student is under the age of 21, they can live at home and commute to campus.What if I buy a house or apartment in Castine or within the 45 miles – can my student live there?

No – unless you plan on making that address your permanent home as well, your student cannot live in the property unless they are 21 or older. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Residential Life at 207-326-2280.

NOTE: The Regiment of Midshipmen has additional policies regarding living off campus. Questions and concerns should be directed to the Commandant’s Office at 207-326-2250.

our student’s your first college bill should be available online in mid-July or your student will be able to access the information on their MyMMA portal. Your student’s bill must be paid or arrangements made the day before your arrival to campus, but no later than August 15th.
The Academy has an agreement with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) which offers a monthly payment plan. TMS offers a 10-month plan with equal payments due July 1 – April 1. This plan can be used to cover all MMA costs or to supplement final costs after financial aid. TMS also offers a 10-month plan in coordination with loans for those who want to lower their monthly payments. Information is sent directly to entering first-year students from TMS, or contact the Finance Office at 207-326-2243 for details. The TMS website is here for those who would like to sign up online.
We encourage all parents and family members to join the Parents Association, or at least follow their Facebook page! You can ask questions, get advice, receive important information concerning your student throughout the year, and get involved in the many events on and off-campus through the Parents Association. This community is specifically for you and can be informative as well as supportive – they were first-time MMA parents once, just like you!
Maine Maritime Academy will have several different arrival dates and times in mid- late-August depending on your student’s major and if they are participating in a fall athletics program. Your student can find out their report date through their MyMMA portal or the Academic Calendar. If you or your student have any questions, please contact the Department of Residential Life.
Student’s First and Last Names
MMA
1 Pleasant St. (student mailbox #)
Castine, ME  04420NOTE: If your student hasn’t provided you or doesn’t have a mailbox number yet, you can write “New Student” until your student gives you their box #.
No – visits with MUGS are not permitted until the Regimental Induction Ceremony in October. The only exceptions are away athletic contests, emergency medical appointments/care, and serious family events (major illnesses, injury, death). If you decide to attend Ship Jump and/or Homecoming, please be aware that if you do see your student, you may or may not be able to talk to them. We encourage you to attend the Regimental Induction Ceremony, where you can see all that your student has accomplished, watch them be inducted into the full Regiment of Midshipmen, and spend time with them. At the end of the day, your student can head home for a long weekend!