Student Body

Landing School students are a diverse group of adult learners, second career seekers, high school graduates, veterans and international students who share the same passion for all things boating. That’s the Landing School difference - our students and instructors truly enjoy their time here. With various scholarships, financial aid packages and tuition assistance, we make achieving a degree or diploma affordable. 

High School Graduates
With the opportunity to achieve a diploma in one of our marine programs in ten months or an associate degree in two years, The Landing School is an affordable and smart investment for high school graduates who are looking for an alternative to a traditional four-year university. Small class sizes and one-on-one time with a variety of instructors offers a broad education that combines theory and practice to create a very effective and thorough experience. Access to career development services, an on site learning resource center and attentive administrative services ensures that students receive all the help they need to be successful in their course of study. 

Adult Learners, Second Career Seekers
At The Landing School we encourage students to embrace the challenges of a hands-on marine program. The work here is traditional in terms of classwork and lectures but also progressive in terms of the collaboration between students and instructors on real world projects. Many of our students are looking to pursue the career they always wanted in a marine trade. Others are interested in learning more about how to maintain their own boats or have always wanted to build a boat with their own two hands. Whatever the case, adult learners find an atmosphere that combines passion with education to create a truly unique experience.

Women in the Marine Industry

The Women in the Marine Industry Initiative (WIMII) will inspire, educate and lead women to a fulfilling and successful career in the marine industry with confidence and pride. WIMII aims to raise awareness among women across the country that pursuing a career in the marine industry is rewarding and worthwhile.

The marine industry is enjoying a great deal of success locally and nationally. However, women haven’t always been made aware of the excellent career opportunities that await them. In order for this initiative to be successful it will take members from across the industry to come together to create a network of resources.

International Students
Students at The Landing School come from a variety of countries including France, Spain, South Africa, Finland, United Kingdom, South Korea, Venezuela and Bermuda, to name a few. Less than two hours from Boston’s Logan International Airport, access to the school is easy. The location offers a variety of opportunities to explore. Art galleries, outdoor recreation, theater and of course boating opportunities abound. International students also have access to resources to help them with visas, housing and other services they require to make their stay in Maine and their experience at The School a fulfilling and rewarding one.

The Landing School is approved as an institution of higher education by the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs including the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33), the Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30) and Veterans' Vocational Rehabilitation Programs (Chapter 31). Veteran applicants are encouraged to submit eligibility paperwork shortly after submitting their Landing School application.

The Post 9-11 GI bill educational veterans benefits will pay eligible veterans up to:
$19,198 (2013-2014) per academic year for tuition & fees
An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
A monthly housing allowance (MHA) rate for an E-5 with dependents based on the zip code and the school's location. Access a BAH Calculator

This veterans benefits provide up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their G.I. Bill to dependents. For more information, visit

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. MGIB encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606). Under Chapter 30, Active Duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months; and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) is intended to help the service-disabled veteran become independent in daily living and, to the extent possible, to select, prepare for, and secure entry level employment which is compatible with his or her interests, abilities, and physical capabilities.
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To confirm your eligibility for benefits, you can apply online. For questions, you can call the VA office at (888) 442-4551. Applicants should forward a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and Certificate of Release and Discharge (DD Form 214) to The Landing School,Director of Student Affairs, 207-985-7976.

The school's VA facility code is 31005019. Applications for the G.I. Bill can also be made online.