The University of Maine at Farmington announced Wednesday that it is eliminating its $40 student application fee.

Farmington becomes the first institution in the University of Maine System to offer free application for all applicants, according to a news release from the university.

“We want to make sure that students interested in applying to UMF and benefiting from the UMF Experience have every opportunity to do so, without barriers,” UMF President Kathryn A. Foster said in a statement. “Reducing costs for students and their families demonstrates UMF’s continuing historic mission to preserve affordable access to higher education for all students.”

The new policy goes into effect Jan. 1 and applies retroactively to any first-year, transfer or international students who applied for admission for the 2015 spring and fall semesters. Any student who paid to apply for enrollment for these semesters will be contacted by the UMF admission office on how to get reimbursed.

About 1,900 full-time students are enrolled at UMF.

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