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
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:
- 2019-2020 Dependent Student Verification Worksheet
- 2019-2020 Student Income Non-Tax Filer Form
- 2019-2020 Parent Income Non-Tax Filer Form
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.
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.
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. 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.
MMA’s 2020 New Student Orientation has been moved to a completely online format. We are currently building our plan to deliver a New Student Orientation that is informative and interactive, through online content and virtual events where you can meet other new students and families. Our goals for you are to be sure that you get connected to MMA and its faculty and staff, that you get connected to each other, and that you have all the information you need to be successful!
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 at 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.
1 Pleasant St. (student mailbox #)
Castine, ME 04420
NOTE: 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 mailbox #.