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York County Community College

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About York County Community College

York County Community College (YCCC) is centrally located in York County, Maine, in the rural community of Wells. The school originally opened in 1995 as York County Technical College and became York County Community College in 2003. The campus can be found on 84 acres of woodlands, yet still only a mile from the beach. In 2010, Community College Week ranked YCCC the 19th fastest growing 2-year college in its category in the nation. YCCC is one of seven schools in the Maine Community College System (MCCS), which reports that 93% of MCCS graduates find jobs or pursue higher education.


YCCC offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs, including degrees in architectural design, criminal justice, early childhood education and nursing. Among the certificates offered is a baking and pastry certificate, which was first offered in 2012. In addition, the college offers non-credit community education and career training certificate programs, such as the certified nurse assistant, legal assistant and dental assistant programs. A variety of classes are also offered online, such as spreadsheet applications, creative writing and finite math.

York County Community College offers the North*Star TRIO program for students who may need academic assistance. Students may qualify for this program if they are considered to be financially disadvantaged, will be a first-generation college graduate, or have a recognized disability.

The college provides students with services through the library and the learning center, including tutoring and learning workshops. These services are available free of charge for current YCCC students.


York County Community College operates on an open admission policy. Prospective students should submit an online application found on the school's website. Transcripts from previous educational institutions are required. Students must set up an appointment for registration and academic assessments. Assessments are given in English and math unless a student meets exemption qualifications, which include minimum SAT/ACT scores or previous college credits. Once this process is complete, students are free to register for classes. Students are required to submit a YCCC Health History Form prior to attending classes.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students who attend YCCC pay tuition per credit hour based on their residency. In 2012, Maine residents paid $86 per credit hour and non-residents paid $172 per credit hour. Students may qualify for the New England Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition break if they reside in one of the New England states and enroll in an approved degree program. The RSP tuition rate was $129 per credit hour in 2012.

The estimated total annual cost for the 2011-2012 school year was $15,990 for full-time in-state students and $18,570 for full-time out-of-state students. These estimates included $3,630 for in-state tuition and fees and $5,940 for out-of-state tuition and fees. Also included was $1,040 for books, $6,210 for off-campus room and board, and $5,380 for miscellaneous expenses.

Students who need assistance paying for their education have many financial aid options at YCCC. Federal direct loans, grants and the college work-study program all provide different levels of financial assistance. The YCCC Foundation offers campus-based scholarships, and students in need of financial assistance for childcare can apply for a child care assistance scholarship. Scholarships for military, Maine resident, and female students are also available.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 1,631 students (all undergraduates) in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Programs Over 20 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (45)
Certificate: Culinary Arts/Chef Training (2)*
Graduation Rates 2% in normal time
7% in 150% of normal time
9% in 200% of normal time*
Admission Rate Open admission policy*
Entering Class Size 282 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 54% for full-time and 43% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions, applications accepted up to the start date of the semester**
Decision Notification Date Immediate notification with completed application materials**
Tuition (2012) $86 per credit hour in-state,$172 per credit hour out-of-state, and $129 per credit hour for New England Regional Student Program students (not including fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (69%), federal grants (61%), state & local grants or scholarship (29%), student loans (41%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2010-2011*

Sources:*College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **York County Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, York County Community College, 112 College Drive, Wells, Maine 04090-5341
  • Phone: (207) 216-4409
  • Website: www.yccc.edu

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