Living-in-Maine Semester Admissions

We are now receiving applications for the spring of 2023

The Application Process:

  1. Submit the online application form.

  2. Submit via postal mail or email two letters of recommendation: one from a previous teacher, and one from anyone outside of your family.

  3. Submit via postal mail or email an essay or creative writing piece that expresses why you want to participate in the Living in Maine Semester.

  4. We will review your application materials and contact you to schedule an interview.

Please send application materials no later than Nov. 30, 2022

Maine Local Living School, 71 Lake Drive, Temple, ME 04984

Sliding Scale Tuition 

Combined Household Income

  • up to $29,000

  • $30,000 - $50,000

  • $51,000 - $75,000

  • $75,000- 100,000

  • $100,000- $150,000

  • $151,000 - $200,000

  • Above $200,000

Tuition, Room & Board

  • $5,000

  • $6,000

  • $9,000

  • $12,000

  • $16,000

  • $18,000

  • $20,000

Our philosophy on program cost and sliding scale

  • You may wonder why we have income-based sliding scale tuition and why this program costs less than other semester experiences. The sliding scale allows families with more means to cover the expenses for families with less means.  In this simple way we make the program more accessible and the access more equitable.


  • We are teaching a lifestyle that builds resiliency, self reliance, thrift, and the ability to find emotional, spiritual and physical abundance without material excess.  Founders Chris and Ashirah Knapp bring this skill and philosophy of abundance to our programs.  Students will be integrally involved in systems for living that contribute to a creative culture, not a consumerist culture.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

We are committed to doing the best we can to make this program accessible to students from households with few financial resources. Scholarships and payment plans may be available. Please contact us for details (207-778-0318 or

Thank you for your interest in this experience.  We are so excited to meet you!