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Affording MSSM

Maine Resident Students

Tuition for qualified residents of the State of Maine have been paid in full by Maine State Appropriations. Room and board fees, however, are the responsibility of the student's family. The application for financial aid via the third party, FACTS website can be accessed here. If you have any questions regarding the financial aid process please contact us at FinancialAid@mssm.org.

Financial FAQ's

Maine Resident Only

MSSM is a public “magnet” school. What does it cost to attend?

We are funded directly by a state appropriation, supplemented by Room and Board and other fees collected from each family. Although there is no tuition for Maine residents, all families are responsible for paying Room and Board which was set at $9,300 for the 2018-2019 school year.

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When are payments due? Is there a payment plan?

  • After being accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $150, which will be credited to your room and board invoice, must be made to reserve your space.
  • Initial invoices for admitted students are issued in July by the Business Office.

There are 3 payment plans available.

  1. Pay in full by August 1, 2018.
  2. Pay in 10 equal monthly installments. Payments are due on the 1st of the month beginning August 1.
  3. Pay ½ on/or before August 1, 2018 and ½ on/or before January 1, 2018.

How Do I Pay?

MSSM accepts electronic fund transfer (ACH) from your checking/savings account, checks or money orders. Checks must be made payable to MSSM. A $ 25.00 fee will be assessed for a returned check.
Credit card payments are not accepted.

Are there any other expenses?

  • A $25.00 refundable deposit is required for a keycard*
  • A $25.00 refundable deposit is required for a room key*
  • A $5.00 refundable deposit is required for mail box key*
  • Student must have an appropriate hand-held calculator for mathematics classes
  • Various exams (AP, SAT, etc.) have fees
  • Personal computers must be configured with a network card and virus protection
  • Unless proof of adequate insurance is provided, health insurance must be purchased at an approximate cost of $1,575 with the entire premium due by August 1, 2018.
  • MSSM courses for UMPI college credit have a fee

*A deposit is forfeited in the event of loss or destruction. An additional deposit is required to re-issue keys/key cards Deposits will be returned upon receipt of undamaged keys at the end of the year. Once it has been established that a student has lost his/her key and charges have been submitted through the business office, no refunds will be made.”

When Must I Pay?

Your first payment must be made by August 1, 2018. The payment will be determined by your choice on the Payment Options Contract. Families not meeting this deadline will not be allowed to register their son/daughter on move in day. Refundable deposits for keys are due with 1st payment. Payments cannot be accepted on move in day.

Past due invoices will be subject to a $25 late payment fees which may be assessed after the 1st of each month.

Is Financial Aid Available?

Financial aid at MSSM applies to the Room and Board fee for qualified Maine residents only. Maine families who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to complete a financial aid application with Facts Management. The Facts Grant & Aid assessment process, very similar to the college financial aid process, provides the amount the family should be able to contribute to Room and Board. Facts Management will provide MSSM with a Family Need Report. There is no official deadline for applications but early submission is requested.

Financial Aid applications completed by the end of January will be considered for awards starting in February.

Parents or students may, however, apply for financial aid at any time.

To initiate the process, go online to https://online.factsmgt.com/aid

  • Create an account or sign in to an existing account
  • Select “Begin Application”
  • Select “Add School”
  • Input Zip Code 04750
  • Select “Search”
  • Select “Maine School of Science and Mathematics”
  • Select “Start Application”

IS THERE A REFUND POLICY


Refund Policy for Student Withdrawals or Early Departures

Current Policy

Students who withdraw from the Maine School of Science and Mathematics prior to the end of the third week of classes may be due a credit for the unearned portion of the Room and Board.

Room and Board for the semester is considered fully-earned at the end of the third week of classes. For refund purposes, the school semester begins on the first day of class in the semester. The period of time used to calculate the refund is the first day of class according to the school calendar.

Departure Date Amount Owed by Family
Prior to 1st day of school 0% of amount owed*
During the 1st week 10% of amount owed*
During the 2nd week 20% of amount owed*
During the 3rd week 30% of amount owed*
After the 3rd week 100% of amount owed*

*minus $150 Non-refundable deposit

The MSSM Chief Operating Officer has the authority to make exceptions to this policy when there are extenuating circumstances.

Non-Resident Students

We do occasionally have space available to non-resident students. To learn more regarding tuition, room, board & other fees, please read our non-resident information below.


Financial FAQ's

Non-Resident

MSSM is a public “magnet” school. What does it cost to attend?

All families are responsible for paying Room and Board. MSSM Board of Trustees has set the current rate to $43,600. There is also a $5,000* Non-Resident Student Fee.

When are payments due? Is there a payment plan?

Initial invoices for enrolled students are issued in July by the Business Office.

After being accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $5,000 must be made to reserve your space. The deposit will be credited to your invoice for Room and Board, Tuition, and Non-Resident Student Fee.

There are 2 payment plans available.

  1. Pay in full by August 1, 2018.
  2. Pay ½ on/or before August 1, 2018 and ½ on/or before January 1, 2019.

How Do I Pay?

MSSM accepts electronic fund transfer (ACH) from a checking/savings account, checks or money orders. Checks must be made payable to MSSM. A $25.00 fee will be charged for a returned check. Credit card payments are not accepted.

Are there any other expenses?

  • A $25.00 refundable deposit is required for a keycard*
  • A $25.00 refundable deposit is required for a room key*
  • A $5.00 refundable deposit is required for mail box key*
  • Student must have an appropriate hand-held calculator for mathematics classes.
  • Various exams (AP, SAT, etc.) have fees
  • Personal computers must be configured with a network card and virus protection
  • A $5.000.00 fee is required for all non-resident students. This fee is necessary for ESL + SAT/TOEFL instruction, related texts. In addition, each student will be provided a host family
  • Unless proof of adequate insurance is provided, health insurance must be purchased for students not covered for medical care in Maine at an additional cost of $1,575.00.
  • MSSM courses for UMPI college credit have a fee
  • *A deposit is forfeited in the event of loss or destruction. An additional deposit is required to re-issue keys/key cards. Deposits will be returned upon receipt of undamaged keys at the end of the year. Once it has been established that a student has lost his/her key and charges have been submitted through the business office, no refunds will be made.


    When Must I Pay?

    Your first payment must be made by August 1, 2018. The payment will be determined by your choice on the Payment Options Contract. Refundable deposits for keys are due with 1st payment. Families not meeting this deadline will not be allowed to register their son/daughter on move in day.
    Payments cannot be accepted on move in day.

    A $25 late fee will be assessed on payments received after the 15th of each month.

    Refund Policy for Student Withdrawals or Early Departures

    Current Policy

    Students who withdraw from the Maine School of Science and Mathematics prior to the end of the third week of classes may be due a credit for the unearned portion of the Room and Board (in-state students) or comprehensive fee (out-of-state students) charged.

    Room and Board and tuition for the semester is considered fully-earned at the end of the third week of classes. For refund purposes, the school semester begins on the first day of class in the semester. The period of time used to calculate the refund is the first day of class according to the school calendar.

    Departure Date Amount Owed by Family
    Prior to 1st day of school 0% of amount owed*
    During the 1st week 10% of amount owed*
    During the 2nd week 20% of amount owed*
    During the 3rd week 30% of amount owed*
    After the 3rd week 100% of amount owed*


    The MSSM Chief Operating Officer has the authority to make exceptions to this policy when there are extenuating circumstances.