FAME is here to help you serve your students and their families as they prepare, apply, and pay for education after high school. We offer a wide variety of free training opportunities such as webinars and training events for school counselors, college access advisors, financial aid counselors and administrators.
EPIC – FAME’s Education Portal Information Center
Education Portal Information Center (EPIC) is available to colleges and universities as a way to verify students and request funds for several of the Maine financial aid programs administered by FAME.
Videos, Presentations and Webinars
FAME is here to help your students and 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 process. Please share these Informational Videos with your families.
Please encourage student and families to attend a Financial Aid Information Session, ideally during the student’s junior year. Currently Financial Aid Information Sessions are all being offered virtually, but we hope to return to in-person sessions later this year. A list of upcoming sessions can be found on our Events page. To schedule an event with your high school, contact your assigned College Access Counselor (Jessica Whittier, Maria MacDougal, or Nikki Vachon) or email Mila Tappan.
To host your own Financial Aid Information Session, download and use FAME’s Financial Aid Information Session presentation (in pdf format) or share this Financial Aid Information Session video with your students and families so they can watch at their convenience.
Are you looking to learn more about the financial aid process and options available to help students and families? Join us for FAME’s Wednesday Webinars, which are typically presented live on the second Wednesday of the month, September – June, and recorded for those unable to attend. These webinar provide training and information to school counselors, college access advisors, financial aid counselors and anyone working to help families prepare to pay for higher education and navigate the financial aid process.
In Person Trainings
Financial Aid 101
Financial Aid 101 is FAME’s free, day-long financial aid training offered each year for school counselors, college access advisors, educators and anyone assisting students with the financial aid process.
Summer Financial Aid Training Sessions
To help prepare for the upcoming financial aid season, FAME offers free Summer Financial Training events in August. This years summer training will be held virtually on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Join us as we focus on changes to the FAFSA, student loans, and ways to support students with unique challenges.
We hope you can join us! Click here to register.
Materials and Resources for Financial Education
FAME knows that one of the best ways to benefit Maine people and our future economy is to ensure that Maine citizens have the resources and knowledge to lead financially capable lives. Financially capable citizens lead to a financially stable Maine. FAME has financial education materials and resources available for professionals.
Created by FAME, Claim Your Future® is a web and classroom game for middle school students to encourage them to explore education after high school, future careers, and money management.
Managing Your School’s Cohort Default Rate
FAME offers support and regulatory guidance to postsecondary institutions in Maine that are working to reduce their cohort default rates.