2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Maine

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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Students in Maine can earn an online associate degree or certificate from these four community colleges. They are all part of the Maine Community College System, so they all have the same affordable cost per credit - just $94 per hour. York County Community College is ranked #2, and offers nine different online associate degrees, more than any other school on this list. Students can earn an AAS in Accounting, and an AAS in Criminal Justice, and an AA in Information Technology among other degrees.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Kennebec Valley Community College $3,008 Fairfield
# 2 #2 York County Community College $2,820 Wells
# 3 #3 Central Maine Community College $2,820 Auburn
# 4 #4 Southern Maine Community College $2,820 South Portland

2020 Online Community Colleges in Maine - Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Kennebec Valley Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,008
  • Locations: Fairfield
  • Accreditation: NEASC CTCI

Kennebec Valley Community College offers a total of five associate degrees available fully online in the following areas: business administration with an option of either marketing/management or accounting, mental health technology, and liberal studies. Some programs may require on-campus visits for testing or practicums. Students are able to access their course material and classes online 24/7. Hybrid courses are also available. Students use the Blackboard learning management system to correspond with instructors, read coursework, and submit assignments.

#2 York County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,820
  • Locations: Wells
  • Accreditation: NEASC CTCI

Several associate degrees are offered 100 percent online by York County Community College, including an Associate of Applied Science in Behavioral Health Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in Gerontology, and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies. Hybrid programs and programs offering at least 80 percent of courses online are also offered by the school. Online students use Blackboard to communicate with classmates and instructors and are able to take their classes day or night, on the weekends, and through the summer. Students should plan to spend 10–15 hours a week studying per course.

#3 Central Maine Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,820
  • Locations: Auburn
  • Accreditation: NEASC CTCI

Central Maine Community College offers both fully online associate degree and hybrid programs to individuals in need of a versatile learning alternative. Fully online degree programs are offered in the following areas: accounting, business administration and management, criminal justice, general studies, human services, and medical coding and electronic health records. Online students adhere to the same schedule as on-campus students and have access to a variety of resources including financial assistance, online tutoring, technical support, and academic advisement.

#4 Southern Maine Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,820
  • Locations: South Portland
  • Accreditation: NEASC CTCI

Southern Maine Community College offers online degrees in liberal studies and business administration. Within nine months of graduating, 90% of graduates either got a job or continued taking courses. The majority of online coursework is delivered through Blackboard, a learning management system, and course materials can be accessed at any time. Depending on the course, additional software may be used. Online students at SMCC participate in discussion boards, journaling activities, and group projects. Several online support services are offered through SMCC’s online student portal, My Maine Guide. Such services include academic and transfer advising, career services, tech support, and 24/7 online tutoring services. Students can access these services through an online chat system or by setting up a Skype video call.

Overview of the Maine Community College System

The Maine Community College System is comprised of seven institutions with a total enrollment of 6,612 students. Nearly 300 degree and certificate programs are offered. All colleges in the system offer online courses, and four of the colleges offer degree programs that are completely online.

Study-abroad programs are available with a variety of locations. Students can study for a semester at Cork Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland, one of the 11 community colleges in New Brunswick, Canada, or take a five-week intensive study program at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Maine does not have a free community college program, and the average funding per full-time student for all schools in the state—including state appropriations, local appropriations, and government grants and contracts—is $10,399.29.

Applicants may be admitted to a Maine community college if they have a high school diploma or equivalency, took the SAT in high school (or completed the Accuplacer placement test) and have proof of immunization.

The Maine Community College System’s mission is to answer the educational and career needs of the citizens of Maine by providing associate degrees, certificates and diploma programs. The primary objectives of all seven institutions are to facilitate a workforce that is competent, flexible, and well educated, and to promote and contribute to a healthy economy and robust economic development throughout the state.

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