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Maine State Grant Program for Adult Learners

The 2020-2021 Maine State Grant Program for Adult Learners provides need-based grants to Maine undergraduate students with a date of birth on or before January 1, 1997. For the 2020–2021 academic year, the maximum grant award amount is $1,500.

How do I apply?

Maine residents with a date of birth on or before January 1, 1997 who file their FAFSA on or after May 2 are automatically considered for the grant. No other forms are required. Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis one time only.

Who is eligible?

You must be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program at an eligible institution. You must not be a Maine State Grant recipient from academic years 2017-2018, 2018-2019, nor 2019-2020.  Because this is a need-based grant, your expected family contribution (EFC) must not exceed the maximum EFC set in any given year.  The EFC for the 2020-2021 academic year has been increased to 10,000.* The estimated EFC for the 2021-2022 academic year is 7,000.

You must attend an eligible college/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 $750 in the 2020–2021 academic year.

How are students selected?

The college/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?

This award is a one-time award only.  To be considered for future awards, you must file the FAFSA by May 1 each year you plan to attend college. The college/university you attend will determine if you are eligible each year.

How is the grant paid?

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


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.