Starting in 2018, four University of Maine system campuses (University of Maine Augusta, University of Maine Fort Kent, University of Maine Machias, and University of Maine Presque Isle) will be offering free tuition to in-state students who are eligible for Pell grants. More details are still to come, but the article below does flesh out some of the requirements. One thing of note, if the program is a success, the other UMaine system schools may follow suit.
One of the best ways to help control college costs is through scholarships and grants. While most scholarships have deadlines that fall between February and May, there are others that you can apply for year round. For example, if you are going to Kennebec Valley Community College, it is encouraged that you apply for their Foundation Scholarship prior to August 15. Not sure what scholarships are available to you? There are a lot of search engines out there, and it can be hard to figure out which are the best. METS features a variety of scholarships throughout the year. (Previously featured scholarships can be found here.)
One site that you can trust is the Finance Authority of Maine Website. Their Maine Scholarship search engine is a fast and easy way to find scholarships that may fit for you.
Good luck, and you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your METS advisor!
Patsy Takemoto Mink was a Congresswoman from Hawaii from 1965-1977 and again from 1990-2002. Amongst the many issues Congresswoman Mink championed was the educational rights of low-income women and children. The Patsy Takemoto Mink Educational Foundation looks to continue her work with scholarships awarded annually to women with children looking to continue their education.
More information can be found at: http://patsyminkfoundation.org/
The deadline for scholarship applications is August 1st.