FAME helps you serve your students and their families as they prepare, apply, and pay for education after high school. Find tools to help, such as videos and presentations, professional development trainings, FAFSA completion tools, and financial education resources.

Videos and Presentations to Share with Families

FAME is here to help your students and their parents learn about financial aid. To make the process less overwhelming, we’ve created a series of short, animated videos that walk students through the entire financial aid process. Please share our videos with your families.

Please encourage your students and families to attend a Financial Aid Information Session, ideally during the student’s junior year. FAME’s in-person Financial Aid Information Sessions are held in the fall and the spring throughout the state. FAME also offers virtual Financial Aid Information Sessions. To schedule an event for your high school, contact your assigned College Access Counselor (Jessica Whittier, Michelle Radley, or Nikki Vachon) or email Mila Tappan.

Financial Aid Information Presentation

Share this Financial Aid Information Session video with your students and families so they can watch it at their convenience.

Professional Development

Wednesday Webinars

FAME’s Wednesday Webinars provide web-based training and information to school counselors, college access advisors, financial aid counselors, and anyone who works with families, helping them prepare to pay for higher education and navigate the financial aid process.

Our monthly virtual trainings, also known as Wednesday Webinars, are held on the second Wednesday of each month during the academic year from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Wednesday Webinars:

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All webinars are also recorded. Archived webinars not listed below are available on YouTube.

Wednesday Webinar Recordings and Presentations
Reworking the Plan – Alternative Pathways Available to StudentsMay 2024RecordedPDF
Comparing Financial Aid Offers and Paying the BalanceMay 2024RecordedPDF
Claim Your Future Overview and UpdatesApril 2024RecordedPDF
Next Steps in the FAFSA ProcessMarch 2024RecordedPDF
After the FAFSA – What We’ve LearnedFebruary 2024RecordedPDF
Filing the 2024-2025 FAFSAJanuary 2024RecordedPDF
The 2024-2025 FAFSA is Coming SoonDecember 2023RecordedPDF
Becoming A Scholarship InsiderNovember 2023RecordedPDF
Get Ready, Get Set, RepayOctober 2023RecordedPDF
Help Your Students Get Ready to File the 2024-2025 FAFSASeptember 2023RecordedPDF

In-Person and Virtual Trainings

Financial Aid 101

Financial Aid 101 (FA 101) is FAME’s annual financial aid training for school counselors, college access advisors, educators and anyone assisting students with the financial aid process. This free event offers the latest financial aid updates, training sessions on our most requested topics, and information on events and activities for the upcoming year.

This year’s Financial Aid 101 in-person event took place on Friday, March 15, 2024 at Maple Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast Inn and Conference Center in Hallowell.  

In addition to the in-person training on March 15th, a virtual Financial Aid 101 training was held on Friday, March 22, 2024, featuring the same content.

If you have suggestions or questions related to FAME’s Financial Aid 101 event, please contact Nikki Vachon.

Summer Financial Aid Training

Each August FAME hosts its free Summer Financial Aid Training to help education professionals prepare for the upcoming financial aid season. This year’s training will be held virtually on Wednesday, August 14, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The changes to the 2024-25 FAFSA were significant and came with both challenges and benefits. This summer’s training will focus on the FSA ID and FAFSA filing process, specifically with an eye toward problem avoidance and resolution, with some fun along the way!

View or download the agenda.

We hope you can join us! Click below to register.

If you have suggestions or questions related to FAME’s Summer Financial Aid Training, please contact Mila Tappan.

FAFSA Resources

Filing the FAFSA is the important first step students need to take to access financial aid. Here are some resources that will help you help your students file their FAFSAs and get financial aid.

Free FAFSA Help for Your Students and Their Families

FAME is offering FAFSA Help Sessions. These sessions are being offered both in-person and virtually via Zoom. We’ll provide a short FAFSA overview and then provide personalized one-on-one help to get the FAFSA done.

Track Your Students’ FAFSA Filing Using FAME’s FAFSA Portal

FAME’s FAFSA Portal allows eligible high school counselors to access the FAFSA completion status for each of their high school seniors, and also identify which filers have been selected for verification. For more information, please contact Mila Tappan.

Download a Word document of scripts to use when doing FAFSA follow-up with your students. (Also available in PDF format.)

FAFSA Completion Rates by High School
School NameClass of 2021 as of May 1, 2021Class of 2022 as of May 1, 2022Class of 2023 as of May 1, 2023Class of 2024 as of July 1, 2024
Statewide Average52.41%52.60%59.88%57.30%
Ashland District School 82.61%66.67%77.78%57.14%
Bangor High School 49.34%54.29%63.53%56.85%
Baxter Academy for Technology & Science 57.43%63.22%68.97%73.49%
Belfast Area High School 58.27%53.00%72.22%61.02%
Biddeford High School 39.77%39.71%54.65%42.61%
Blue Hill Harbor School 18.18%18.75%12.50%16.67%
Bonny Eagle High School 41.53%46.07%58.08%54.00%
Boothbay Region High School 48.15%64.10%70.45%65.00%
Brewer High School 50.58%48.54%67.55%60.39%
Brunswick High School 64.41%51.50%61.35%63.24%
Buckfield Jr-Sr High School 35.90%40.63%65.63%50.00%
Bucksport High School 56.32%48.98%70.73%58.06%
Calais Middle/High School 62.96%43.55%52.24%63.16%
Camden Hills Regional High School 56.38%69.05%65.06%62.86%
Cape Elizabeth High School 72.39%67.81%71.19%68.49%
Caribou High School 60.32%43.62%56.19%55.10%
Carrabec High School 53.49%39.62%54.17%53.49%
Casco Bay High School 62.75%71.58%84.54%58.70%
Central Aroostook Jr-Sr High School 67.50%54.17%87.10%80.00%
Central High School 50.00%34.72%57.33%51.61%
Community Downtown Campus35.29%24.00%25.00%23.08%
Cony High School 40.00%46.15%55.48%52.98%
Deer Isle-Stonington High School 57.69%57.14%83.33%45.00%
Deering High School 51.07%47.76%45.65%43.20%
Dexter Regional High School 43.08%44.44%55.38%50.79%
Dirigo High School 43.33%40.91%43.86%33.93%
East Grand School 77.78%33.33%42.86%41.67%
Easton Junior-Senior High School 66.67%76.47%92.31%100.00%
Ecology Learning CenterN/AN/A50.00%50.00%
Edward Little High School 46.54%48.84%51.29%40.23%
Ellsworth High School 55.65%60.16%63.57%53.33%
Erskine Academy 63.91%47.01%72.44%66.67%
Falmouth High School 64.20%62.42%69.64%69.23%
Forest Hills Consolidated School 75.00%44.44%80.00%64.71%
Fort Fairfield Middle/High School 56.67%70.37%50.00%61.29%
Fort Kent Community High School 50.00%69.84%64.91%64.29%
Foxcroft Academy 50.00%51.35%55.43%65.33%
Freeport High School 58.62%61.64%71.43%73.96%
Fryeburg Academy 55.56%64.15%63.96%60.18%
Gardiner Area High School 42.41%46.98%56.17%59.18%
George Stevens Academy 65.28%61.54%63.75%65.63%
Gorham High School 66.98%66.95%74.74%75.00%
Gray-New Gloucester High School 53.38%55.47%56.20%61.96%
Greely High School 68.07%73.38%72.37%69.66%
Greenville Consolidated School 63.64%69.23%66.67%78.57%
Hall-Dale Middle/High School 48.33%50.65%67.80%68.00%
Hampden Academy 61.26%61.08%65.20%65.29%
Hermon High School 50.00%53.85%65.03%58.21%
Hodgdon High School 56.76%40.63%56.25%69.70%
Houlton High School 42.71%50.00%67.12%50.51%
Islesboro Central School 76.92%80.00%85.71%60.00%
John Bapst Memorial High School 84.95%81.82%87.50%73.58%
Jonesport-Beals High School 73.68%76.47%57.89%46.15%
Katahdin Middle/High School 66.67%73.33%75.00%40.00%
Kennebunk High School 62.38%67.63%61.54%68.07%
Lake Region High School 54.62%44.76%56.20%61.61%
Lawrence High School 44.30%38.36%55.78%41.13%
Leavitt Area High School 58.45%57.14%60.94%65.65%
Lee Academy 36.36%44.44%37.50%58.33%
Lewiston High School 32.16%36.71%41.89%41.60%
Lincoln Academy 53.27%56.06%61.19%65.57%
Lisbon High School 38.96%63.77%54.84%53.33%
Machias Memorial High School 60.00%52.94%61.54%62.16%
Madawaska Middle/High School 82.35%64.52%83.87%66.67%
Madison Area Memorial High School 42.31%59.18%62.50%55.56%
Maine Academy of Natural Sciences 12.96%20.00%26.67%25.00%
Maine Arts Academy26.47%21.62%52.38%47.46%
Maine Central Institute 58.46%56.16%56.36%66.15%
Maine Connections Academy 32.31%25.71%30.11%39.66%
Maine School of Science & Mathematics 85.71%84.00%87.88%83.33%
Maine Virtual Academy25.35%22.62%41.76%35.29%
Maranacook Community High School 69.05%51.58%74.36%62.64%
Marshwood High School 59.52%53.74%74.15%65.44%
Massabesic High School 38.96%42.38%46.86%53.42%
Mattanawcook Academy 37.50%50.00%56.16%56.52%
Medomak Valley High School 42.74%46.77%46.34%56.06%
Messalonskee High School 54.97%54.71%55.56%64.09%
Monmouth Academy 69.39%56.25%65.22%68.89%
Morse High School 54.66%58.82%69.74%62.87%
Mountain Valley High School 42.22%28.16%53.73%48.54%
Mt Abram Regional High School 59.18%56.52%57.14%68.00%
Mt Ararat High School 47.75%58.95%53.89%57.53%
Mt Blue High School 52.29%48.37%54.94%45.12%
Mt Desert Island High School 60.28%69.23%68.46%74.34%
Mt View High School 58.75%54.29%64.94%46.84%
Narraguagus High School 42.86%36.36%67.50%60.00%
Noble High School 42.52%41.98%45.45%40.37%
Nokomis Regional High School 41.13%44.94%46.20%45.77%
North Haven Community School 100.00%100.00%66.67%22.22%
Oak Hill High School 39.47%55.00%52.81%58.16%
Oceanside High School East 51.45%42.06%40.95%35.54%
Old Orchard Beach High School 53.97%47.50%40.82%52.08%
Old Town High School 56.00%59.68%63.25%54.69%
Orono High School 62.16%76.32%66.25%69.16%
Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School 45.39%39.13%54.18%47.76%
Penobscot Valley High School 63.89%43.24%56.67%44.74%
Penquis Valley High School 45.10%12.50%36.73%36.36%
Piscataquis Community High School 47.37%52.00%42.86%44.83%
Poland Regional High School 52.34%54.95%58.52%55.36%
Portland High School 64.65%62.67%64.06%50.92%
Presque Isle High School 53.23%50.43%66.00%65.66%
Rangeley Lakes Regional School 41.18%73.33%57.14%72.73%
Richmond High School 54.29%35.48%57.14%51.43%
Robert W Traip Academy 50.72%66.67%58.93%63.49%
Sacopee Valley High School 47.54%43.75%61.43%52.46%
Sanford High School 43.55%39.64%46.83%50.19%
Scarborough High School 68.29%69.71%70.22%76.68%
Schenck High School 57.14%57.69%73.68%47.83%
Searsport District High School 50.00%66.67%53.85%61.54%
Shead High School 50.00%53.33%52.17%72.73%
Skowhegan Area High School 42.19%44.74%50.55%58.28%
So Aroostook School 58.06%39.29%58.33%68.18%
South Portland High School 52.81%55.02%55.56%47.77%
Spruce Mountain High School 44.87%36.71%59.14%51.72%
Stearns Jr-Sr High School 38.64%64.29%64.52%48.57%
Sumner Memorial High School 37.78%51.02%57.58%58.82%
Telstar High School 46.34%39.02%50.00%55.88%
Thornton Academy 60.12%60.82%71.33%63.14%
Upper Kennebec Valley Middle/Senior High School 50.00%44.44%23.08%53.33%
Van Buren District Secondary School 68.75%68.75%83.33%66.67%
Vinalhaven School 44.44%21.43%55.56%40.00%
Washburn District High School 62.50%46.43%56.00%70.00%
Washington Academy 67.05%63.64%63.51%71.93%
Waterville Senior High School 42.97%55.75%62.10%54.55%
Wells High School 62.79%66.00%67.89%56.67%
Westbrook High School 54.19%49.70%60.00%63.98%
Windham High School 58.12%51.32%68.95%63.20%
Winslow High School 75.61%67.65%72.73%69.14%
Winthrop High School 79.25%70.00%74.55%55.56%
Wiscasset Middle High School 60.98%48.48%50.00%45.16%
Wisdom Middle High School 70.00%68.42%75.00%61.11%
Woodland Jr-Sr High School 75.00%66.67%51.61%63.33%
Yarmouth High School 68.92%64.89%63.70%66.67%
York High School 67.48%67.13%71.90%72.80%
Tools to Promote FAFSA Completion at Your School
  • FAFSA Poster: Hang a FAFSA poster in your school or post it to your website.
  • Postcards: Mail, hand out, or electronically send postcards to students.
  • Phone, email, text, PA, and web scripts so you can call, email or text families using your communications systems or make a PA announcement during school. Download a Word document of all scripts:
Do-it-Yourself Tools to Share with Families

Many Maine families choose to tackle the FAFSA on their own. Here are some tools to help them get through the process:

  • FAFSA Handouts: Download and share FAME’s most used FAFSA handouts from the Resources and Tools page.
  • Videos: Share one (or several) of our short, animated videos on the financial aid process with your students and their parents.

Encourage Students and Families to Connect with FAME

FAME shares information about the FAFSA on social media and by email and text. Encourage your students and families to connect directly with FAME by following us on social media or joining our mailing list.

Share this link with your students and families to sign up to get texts and emails from FAME:

Financial Education Resources

One of the best ways to support Maine people and our future economy is to ensure that all Maine people have access to high-quality financial education in the classroom and at home. FAME offers extensive financial education resources to help you support your students and youth in your community.

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