FAME Can Help New Mainers with Higher Education

We’re glad you’re here! In Maine and throughout the United States, higher education is one of the best ways to open the door to a better-paying job and more opportunities. But as a new Mainer, navigating higher education may include some additional steps or challenges. If you are the first in your family to attend college, the process may be unfamiliar and intimidating. If you attended college in another country, higher education in the United States might look very different.

FAME can help recent immigrants and refugees navigate higher education in the United States. FAME offers College Access and Financial Education staff working across Maine to help students reach their higher education goals. Floreka Malual is FAME’s dedicated college planning advisor working with new Mainers.

Regardless of your starting point, FAME is here to provide information, resources, and personalized support. Let us know how we can help you reach your educational goals!

Meet Floreka Malual, New Mainer Specialist

Floreka Malual
New Mainer Specialist
(207) 620-3530
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Floreka Malual is FAME’s dedicated college planning advisor working with new Mainers. At one time a new Mainer herself, Floreka spent her first nine years in Africa, living seven years in South Sudan and two years in Egypt. She is fluent in both Arabic and Dinka. In the early 2000s, Floreka and her family moved to Maine in order to have more opportunities. She attended Portland area schools and graduated from Portland High School in 2009. In 2014, she received her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Studies from Husson University. As an immigrant and first-generation attending college, Floreka felt this was her calling. She joined the FAME team in 2017 as a college planning advisor and enjoys working with new Mainers exploring the college world for the first time–just as she once did.

Learn more about…

Knowing how higher education is organized in the U.S. can help you understand and explore you options.


Whether you’re an immigrant, refugee, or a new U.S. citizen, there is money available to help new Mainers pay for higher education.


Do you have a degree or certificate from your home country? If so, you may be able to use it in the United States for work or schooling.

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