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Maine State Grant Program

The Maine State Grant Program provides need-based grants to Maine undergraduate students. For the 2019–2020 academic year, the maximum grant award amount is $1,500.

How do I apply?

File your FAFSA by May 1! Maine residents who file their FAFSA by May 1 are automatically considered for the grant. No other forms are required.

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 EFC for the 2019-2020 academic year is 5,800.*

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 2019–2020 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?

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.