Financial Aid Friday Week One – Key Tips

Financial Aid can be overwhelming. Each Friday this month, we will be posting Financial Aid tips to help answer some commonly asked questions.

Key Tips:

  1.  Apply Early – Your FAFSA can be filed beginning October 1st. If you haven’t done it yet, there is still time, but the sooner you submit the better!
  2. Apply Online using your FSA ID
  3. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  4. Print your Student Aid Report
  5. Make Corrections if needed.

You are not alone – If you have questions, reach out to your METS advisor!

Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Maine Legislature annually recognizes one student from each county who is currently pursuing or planning to pursue education at a two- or four-year degree-granting Maine college or technical school. Awards are given to Maine resident high school seniors or full- or part-time postsecondary students accepted to or enrolled in accredited Maine colleges for graduate or undergraduate degrees.

More information is available on the Finance Authority of Maine website. 

UMA, UMFK, UMM and UMPI offer free tuition to Pell Eligible students

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.

Smaller UMaine system campuses offer free tuition to lure students