MaineCAN is working with the Department of Labor to help expand College Application Month activities to include alternatives to the traditional college experience while also promoting additional training after high school graduation. The Maine Apprenticeship Program can help connect students to apprenticeship opportunities after high school. Also, completing a profile on the Maine Job Link site can help connect students to current job opportunities in Maine, helping them explore career options and see training and education requirements. MaineCAN is excited to bring opportunities to help support the post-secondary aspirations of all students. If you'd like to become an Aspire Higher Maine school, please complete the registration form or email Kate
ACT will be conducting a free webinar for schools and organizations interested in using ACT Profile during any of their Aspire Higher Maine events on September 22nd from 11am-12pm. The webinar will train users on tools available to assist students with career planning. Mark your calendar and make note of this link to participate in the webinar. 
MaineCAN's Moving Maine Forward: Best Practices in College Access Conference
May 18, 2017
Eastern Maine Community College
Bangor, Maine
Next May's conference will feature keynote speaker Ben Castleman, author of Summer Melt and Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Ben’s research applies insights from behavioral economics and social psychology to improve college access and success for low-income and non-traditional students. He has conducted several randomized trials to investigate innovative strategies to help students and their families navigate complex educational decisions. Ben has presented insights from his research at The White House Summit on Expanding College Opportunity and in testimony before Congress. Ben was also recently named one of the 16 most innovative people in higher education

Additional details to follow. 

We are excited to announce that MaineCAN, FAME, and GEAR UP have partnered to continue providing the Road Map to Maine schools and families. We heard how much many of our members value this college planning resource. Updates have been made to the Road Map and you will find that when coupled with FAME's financial resources, your students will have comprehensive college planning tools available to them at no cost. 

The new Road Map has been distributed to schools and organizations across the state. To order additional copies or to download a digital copy visit the MaineCAN Resources page on our website.  

The Summer Melt Pilot, supported by the Finance Authority of Maine and the MELMAC Education Foundation, and administered by MaineCAN, was recently highlighted in the Sun Journal. Best practices from the pilot program will be shared as soon as they are available. 

Maine Manufacturing Day - October 6, 2016

Maine Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. For more information about opportunities to showcase modern manufacturing career opportunities to your students or to find educator resources, visit

Help Your Students Get Ready to File the FAFSA!
Exciting changes are coming to the FAFSA. The FAFSA will now be available earlier and be easier to complete. Please keep the following in mind as you work with students and their families:
  • The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available at on October 1. The 2017-2018 FAFSA will require 2015 income information, so applicants will no longer have to estimate income information. There is no downside to filing early, and it is one of the best ways for students to maximize their financial aid eligibility.  
  • Encourage students to get their FSA IDs now!  All students need an FSA ID, which is the user name and password students use to access all federal student aid websites, including Dependent students will also need one parent to have an FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA. FSA IDs can be created at and students can use FAME's FSA ID Information Tracking Sheet to keep track of FSA ID information.
The Board of Directors of the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is seeking nominations for the 2016-2017 Maine Jump$tart Coalition Financial Educator of the Year Award. This award was created to recognize a Maine educator who has distinguished themselves through their efforts to improve the financial capability of the students and families they serve. The Board is particularly interested in PreK-12 classroom teachers who have successfully adapted free, non-commercial curriculum materials; or developed an innovative approach to engage students in topics related to personal finance. Creativity and enthusiasm for incorporating personal finance in the classroom and successful integration of technology will also be considered. The 2016 award recipient will receive up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement to attend the 2016 National Jump$tart Educator's Conference on November 5-7 in Dallas, Texas.  

Nomination forms can be found here.

National College Admissions Shifts Under Early FAFSA

Source: National College Access Network Blog

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The Maine State GEAR UP program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037; James Davis, Project Officer) from the U.S. Department of Education to University of Maine at Farmington managed by Syntiro. 
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