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About ECforME

:: Scholarships
:: Early College Courses
:: Support and Advising
:: ECforME Video
:: Why Community College?

Scholarships
Early College for ME provides scholarships of up to $2,000 to a Maine community college—nearly half the cost of tuition. Scholarship recipients receive $500 for each semester of college. The scholarship can be applied to a certificate, diploma, or associate degree program and be used for tuition, fees, books, program-required equipment (with approval), and on-campus housing. Students enrolled in one-year programs may receive up to $1,000 in scholarships. Those enrolled in two-year programs may receive up to $2,000. Students must meet program requirements to qualify for the scholarships.

Early College Courses
Early College for ME offers college courses to students during the senior year of high school. If available, and if your high school approves, you may be able to take one or two community college courses during your senior year. ECforME pays for tuition, fees, and books. Your guidance counselor and our staff can help you decide whether a course is right for you.

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Support and Advising
Our ECforME staff come to your school and work with you during your junior and senior year of high school. If you receive a scholarship, support continues in college for as long as you meet scholarship requirements. During high school, we will help assess your academic “readiness” for college; advise you on courses you should take to meet the entrance requirements of the college program you wish to enter; help you select an early college course, if available; and help you with the college application and financial aid process—including help with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Once in college, you will have a “go-to” person if you have questions or encounter challenges along the way.

Why Community College?
Community colleges are a comfortable—and affordable—way to pursue higher education. Maine’s community colleges offer small classes; our staff and faculty are easy to talk to and focus on helping students get the support they need to succeed. Students can choose a one-year certificate, a one- or two-year diploma, or a two-year associate degree program and quickly surpass the skills of those with just a high school education. Community college can lead directly into a four-year degree program, a career in Maine, or both. To find out more about Maine’s community colleges, explore our website at: www.mccs.me.edu.

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When I started [with ECforME], I did not know what to do or where to go, but they showed me everything.

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“[Best was] the financial and emotional support to go to college.

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“ECforME has been a great factor in my choice to even attend college.

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