Open house for Homeschoolers December 11 for Early College Program at UMaine Hutchinson Center

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Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will hold an open house for homeschoolers on Dec. 11 in two sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to accommodate homeschoolers’ schedules.


Homeschoolers will learn about the University’s early college programs, which allow qualified high school students to earn credit for college courses. UMaine supports educational goals of high school students by offering over 70 credit courses, tuition-free.


“Homeschooled students can greatly benefit academically and financially by enrolling in early college courses at the University of Maine,” says Allison Small, UMaine early college programs coordinator. “The programs enable eligible students to earn college credits while in high school and enjoy significant cost savings by reducing future student loan debt. We are thrilled to offer a diverse portfolio of online and live courses to homeschooled students throughout the state and look forward to sharing early college programs with them at our open house event.”


Through a partnership between the Maine Department of Education and the University of Maine System, tuition will be waived for all qualified high school students to cover full tuition for up to 12 college credits per year. Priority is given to junior and senior students.


A second open house for homeschoolers is planned for the spring. Details will be available after the new year.


For more information contact Allison Small, 581.8004;


About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit


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