Administered by FAME, the Maine State Grant Program provides need-based grants to Maine undergraduate students of all ages.

The Maine State Grant Program for Adult Learners gives Maine undergraduate adult students (someone who is age 24 or older on January 1, the year they will start school) a one-time opportunity to take a little extra time to file their 2022-2023 FAFSA and be awarded the grant.

What You Need to Know About the Program

For the 2021–2022 and 2022-2023 academic years, the maximum grant award amount for the Maine State Grant Program and Maine State Grant Program for Adult Learners is $2,500.

Who Is Eligible?

You must be enrolled at least half time in an undergraduate program at an eligible institution. Because this is a need-based grant, your expected family contribution (EFC) must not exceed the maximum EFC set in any given year. The maximum EFC for the 2021-2022 academic year has been increased to 9,000.* The estimated maximum EFC for the 2022-2023 academic year is 7,000.

You must attend an eligible college or university in Maine. Students enrolled in NEBHE’s Tuition Break Program, the New England Regional Student Program, may also be eligible. Contact FAME or your financial aid office for more information.

Students who are enrolled less than full time but at least part time may be eligible for up to $1250 in the 2021-2022 academic year and the 2022-2023 academic year.

Adult Learners: to receive the Maine State Grant Program for Adult Learners for 2022-2023 you must not be a Maine State Grant recipient from academic years 2018-2019, 2019-2020 nor 2021-2022. Because this is a need-based grant, your expected family contribution (EFC) must not exceed the maximum EFC set in any given year. The estimated maximum EFC for the 2022-2023 academic year is 7,000.

How Are Students Selected?

The college or university you attend will review your enrollment status and EFC and determine if you are eligible for the grant. The grant award may be part of your financial aid package.

Is the Award Renewable?

You must file the FAFSA by May 1 each year you plan to attend college. The college or university you attend will determine if you are eligible each year.

How Is the Grant Paid?

Grant funds are paid directly to the college or university for credit to your student account.

How Do I Apply?

File your FAFSA as soon as possible. Grant funding is limited and will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. No other forms are required.

Adult Learners: File your FAFSA! No other forms are required. If you file your FAFSA as soon as possible and you meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be considered for the grant. Grant funding is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, one time only.

The Maine State Grant Program is governed by Maine law as set forth in 20-A M.R.S.A. §11611 et seq. and Chapter 601 of the Rules of the Finance Authority of Maine.

*The maximum EFC is based upon available funding and may be adjusted at any time.