Informational Videos

FAME developed these informational videos to help students and families plan and pay for higher education. Click on each category heading to see the available videos in that section.

Thinking about Higher Education

There are a number of good sound reasons to continue your education after high school. This video will take you through all of them.


Paying for Higher Education - For New Mainers

Are you a New Mainer wondering how you will pay for your higher education? This video will tell you what you need to know and guide you through options for paying for college.

Why College?

There are many good, sound reasons to continue your education after high school. In this video, we’ll make the case for higher education and discuss the multiple pathways to a credential of value.

Learn the Basics of Financial Aid

Financial aid is a big part of paying for higher education. These videos will teach you everything you need to know to get started.


FAME’s Financial Aid Nights for Families

FAME will be hosting virtual Financial Aid Information Sessions this fall to help families plan and pay for college. This video explains what a financial aid night is, shows you how to apply for financial aid, find scholarships, find an affordable college and more!

FAME’s Financial Aid Nights Promo for Counselors, July 2020

Are you looking for more ways to help your students prepare to pay for college? You can team up with the Finance Authority of Maine to host a Financial Aid Information Sessions, designed to help your students and families navigate the financial aid process so they can reach their goals. FAME has a dedicated team of College Access Counselors who cover the entire state and are here to support you. If you need help figuring out your student loans give us a call at 1-800-228-3734 or contact us. Our Education Outreach team contact information can be found on the FAME website.

Financial Aid & College Financing for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Looking to get ready to apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year? This video will help students and families get prepared and be ready to file the 2021-2022 FAFSA when it becomes available on October 1, 2020.


Make your scholarship application stand out. Learn more about searching for scholarships, how to get organized, and maximizing scholarships to help you pay for college.

Am I a Dependent?

One of the first things to determine before filing your FAFSA is whether or not you’re going to be considered a dependent student and need to provide parent information on your application. This video will help you answer that question.

Who is My Parent?

One of the most important questions to answer when preparing to file the FAFSA is related to parental information. When parent information is required, it’s not always clear who is considered a parent for the purposes of the FAFSA. This video will help you make the determination.

Get Ready to File the FAFSA

Completing a FAFSA is the first step in receiving financial aid. These videos will explain what you need to know and help you prepare to file the FAFSA.


What is a FAFSA?

Have you heard your school counselor, teachers, friends or parents mention the FAFSA and you’re not sure what it is? Have you wondered how to start the process of applying for financial aid? In this video FAME answers the question “What is a FAFSA."

Get Ready to File the FAFSA!

A step-by-step guide on everything you need to file the FAFSA each October. Use our Get Ready checklist to help you get organized. Reminder: if you’re planning to attend college in September 2021 through May 2022, you’ll want to file the 2021-22 FAFSA and gather 2019 income information.

Create Your Federal Student Aid Account (FSA ID)

Before you file the FAFSA you’ll need to create an account with Federal Student Aid. This is a username and password called the “FSA ID”. The FSA ID is used to access all Federal Student Aid websites. This video will give you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your FSA ID.

Filing a FAFSA

Ready to fill out your FAFSA? These videos provide help to make filing the FAFSA easier.


FAFSA Help Sessions

FAME will be holding Virtual FAFSA Help Sessions starting in October. Go to to register for a session. You can save some time by creating your account with Federal Student Aid before attending a help session. For help creating your account with Federal Student Aid before attending a help session. For help creating your account check out our video "Creating Your Account."
PRO Tip: Get all your documents together before you file the FAFSA.

Filing the FAFSA 2021

Need help applying for financial aid? This is a step-by-step overview to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, including helpful tips and what to look for.

New Mainers: Filing the FAFSA narrated in Arabic

This video is narrated in Arabic, specifically designed to help New Mainers walk through the process of completing the FAFSA.

What the Heck is Wrong with My FSA ID?

Having trouble getting into or completing the FAFSA or accessing other Federal Student Aid websites because your FSA ID isn’t working? This guide will walk you through steps to see what the issue is and how to fix it.

After the FAFSA

You’ve completed your FAFSA. Now what? These videos will explain what happens next.


After the FAFSA: What Happens Next?

Congratulations! You’ve filed your FAFSA….but are you now wondering, "What Happens Next?" In this video we’re going to talk about what to expect and be on the lookout for in the coming months after you file your FAFSA.

What is FAFSA Verification?

So you’ve been notified that your FAFSA was selected for a process called Verification. You may have realized it when you reviewed on your Student Aid Report or maybe it wasn’t until you received a letter or email from your college. Don’t panic, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve done anything wrong. In this video we’ll talk about what verification is and what you need to do.

Understanding Financial Aid Offers

Congratulations! You’ve received a financial aid offer from your school! If you applied to multiple schools, maybe you’ve received several offers of financial aid. In this video, we will talk about how to interpret your financial aid offers and the types of aid you may see as part of the offer.

Comparing Aid Offers

Once you start receiving financial aid offers, you may need some help comparing them in order to find the most affordable option. This video will give you tools and tips to help you make an affordable decision.

Reviewing Your Tuition Bill 2020

You just got your college tuition bill, now what? It’s important to make sure you understand the charges on your bill, know all of your payment options and make sure all of your financial aid was applied. This video offers our tips on things to look for on your tuition bill.

Transitioning to College

You’ve graduated from high school and know where you’re headed to school in the fall. The best way to make the transition to college an easy one is to make sure you’re prepared. These tips will help you get off to a great start.


Transitioning to College

Congratulations! The waiting is over and you’ve chosen the school you plan to attend. Though you have completed this first important step, knowing what you still need to do will make the transition much smoother. This video is here to give you the scoop and help you prepare!

Managing Money – Tips to Make it Easier!

Regardless of your path after high school, making smart decisions about your money will make your life easier. This video will help you get off on the right foot.


Five Money Management Tips for Young Adults

Money management is key for success- both academic and financial! Learn 5 important money management tips every young adult should know, including, how to discover found money!

Adulting - Spending Plans

No one likes to feel out of control, especially when it comes to money. Take control of your money by creating a Spending Plan. Get into the driver’s seat in this FAME Education video, part of a series of videos to prepare you for the world of Adulting.

Student Loan Repayment Explained

It’s time for loan repayment. There are so many repayment programs and options available. These videos will help you understand your options.


Public Service Loan Foregiveness Explained

Find out more about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness in this quick video.

Student Loan Repayment Options

If you are currently in student loan repayment or about to enter repayment, this video will provide an overview of student loan repayment plans based on income, and the tools to help you compare them and choose the one that is right for you.

Understanding Student Loan Repayment

If you are about to start repayment your student loans and have questions, this video has answers. We’ll talk about your loan basics and your options.