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Up to $4,000 in Annual Adult Degree Completion Aid Available

Priority Consideration for Spring Semester Adult Degree Completion Scholarships Ends December 1st

AUGUSTA, MAINE:  While it is never too late for Mainers to resume their college educations, the priority consideration for the University of Maine System’s Spring Semester Adult Degree Completion Scholarship ends December 1st.

Maine has approximately 200,000 stranded adult learners who have invested time and money into a college education without earning their degree.  With funding support from the Maine Legislature the University of Maine System established the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Program in 2014 to provide up to $4,000 annually to help adults with demonstrated financial need resume their course work and earn a career-advancing college degree.

Applications are accepted throughout the year but the deadline for priority consideration for scholarships for the Spring of 2017 is December 1, 2016.   Any Maine resident who has earned at least 30 college credits toward a first baccalaureate degree who has been away from class for at least three years could be eligible for financial support to resume course work through any of Maine’s public universities.

Visit Learn.Maine.Edu and click on “scholarships” for application materials and additional eligibility information or call 1-800-868-7000 to get started.

Aid is awarded based on financial need and course load.  In just two years Maine’s Adult Degree Completion Scholarships have helped 304 adult learners get back on track toward a degree, funding 795 semesters of college completion work with an average award of $1,295 per semester.

Adult Degree Completion Scholarships have been awarded to adult learners from 132 different Maine communities proving that proximity to a college campus is no longer a barrier to earning a college degree.   Maine’s community-based University Centers, improvements in connectivity, and the development of distance programing gives every Maine resident access to public higher education regardless of age, location, or background.

Specially trained education navigators at Maine’s public universities are also available to answer questions and help busy adults with applications, choosing classes, financial aid, and getting the resources they need to balance class work with adult responsibilities.

“Far too many Mainers have invested time and money into an education but had to stop short of their goal of graduating with a college degree,” said James H. Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System. “With the dependency between educational attainment and economic opportunity growing stronger every year, Maine’s universities are committed to providing the access, support, and resources adult Maine learners need to realize their goals.”