Veterans’ Dependents Educational Benefits-Maine

Eligibility: Maine provides a 100% waiver of tuition and all mandatory fees for spouses and dependents of veterans as defined in Title 37B, Chapter 7, Section 505(2) at a Maine public college (University of Maine, Maine Maritime and Community College System). Specifically, veterans must meet the following criteria:

• 100% Permanent & Total disability rating.
• Killed in action.
• Died from a service connected disability.
• As a member of the Armed Forces on active duty was listed MIA for 90 days, captured or forcibly detained in the line of duty.

"Veteran" means any person who served in the military or naval forces of the United States and entered the service from this State or has been a resident of this State for five years immediately preceding application for aid and, if living, continues to reside in this State throughout the duration of benefits administered under the educational benefits program.

"Child" includes a stepchild who was adopted prior to turning 18 whose parent is married to an eligible veteran for at least 5 years and remains married to the veteran during the period for which benefits are received. If the child is unable to enroll in a degree program prior to turning 22 years of age due to service in the United States Armed Forces, then the child may apply to begin this benefit until reaching 26 years of age.

Schools covered under this program include the University of Maine System, Maine Community Colleges, and Maine Maritime Academy.
Scholarship Amount: 100% waiver of tuition and mandated fees are covered
Application Process:

Student must attend a state of Maine state-supported postsecondary school.

Student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov AND submit a Veterans’ Dependents Educational Benefits Program Application. Download a detailed informational brochure and application from Maine Veterans Services.

Note: Students must maintain at least a 2.0 or “C” grade point average to continue receiving educational benefits. If a student’s grade point average falls below 2.0 or a “C,” the student has one semester to bring the grade point average up to at least a 2.0 or a “C.”

Deadline Description: Children of veterans must apply prior to their 22nd birthday. If the child is unable to enroll in a degree program prior to turning 22 years of age due to service in the United States Armed Forces, then the child may apply to begin this benefit until reaching 26 years of age. There is no deadline for spouses.
Eligibility Codes:
Enrolled in College
High School
Returning to School
Courses:
Nonspecific to course of study