About METS

The Maine Educational Talent Search (METS) is a federal education initiative established to encourage more young people to set high academic expectations, stay in school, study hard, and take the courses needed to prepare them for college-level studies.


  • Provides students and parents with the preparation and support they need to pursue postsecondary education.
  • Encourages rigorous academic preparation by supporting school enhancement.
  • Promotes education success for middle and high school students.


Students must be enrolled in the 6th through 12th grades in the targeted middle or high schools; and students and their families must meet income guidelines.