It's A Plan celebrations will begin this Spring across the state! As part of Aspire Higher Maine, a trilogy of college access events aimed at helping to increase college aspirations and attainment, It's A Plan is the last in this series. As Seniors begin their final semester of high school, MaineCAN wants to support and celebrate the post-secondary decision of all seniors with in-school It's A Plan events.  If you'd like to join our Aspire Higher Maine schools and host an It's A Plan event, please email Kate for more information. 

The Portland-based Lerner Foundation recently announced a five-year, $2 million commitment to youth development programs focused on raising the aspirations of middle school students in rural Maine. “The Lerner Foundation wants to help more young people reach for education and training beyond high school, whether that’s a two-year or four-year college, military service or professional licensing,” said Erin Cinelli, executive director of the Foundation. “Our research tells us that the middle school years are critically important to future success, and that is where we believe we can have the greatest impact.”

Additionally, other organizations throughout the state with a focus on nurturing aspirations among middle school students will be eligible to compete for smaller grant awards in an annual RFP process. Please see the Lerner Foundation's website for more information. 

Recently the ACT announced that it will offer low-income students free access to the new version of its ACT Online Prep™ program. If your students are planning on taking the ACT and need some additional prep work this is a helpful, no-cost way for them to prepare for the test.

Save the Date. The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy's 7th Annual Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference will be on May 6, 2016 at the Augusta Civic Center. Conference registration waivers and substitute teacher reimbursement are available. 
Filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to accessing financial aid. Most people can complete the FAFSA in 30 minutes or less. To complete the FAFSA, all students need an FSA ID - the username and password used to access and sign the FAFSA. Additionally, if parent information is required on the FAFSA, one parent needs an FSA ID to sign the student's FAFSA.The Finance Authority of Maine is here to assist Maine students and families with this process. FAME has the following online help options available at
Read the FAFSA FAQ's
Watch the video overview 
Watch our FAFSA help video.

If you have a resource, opportunity, or great news to share and would like to see it included in MaineCAN's eNews, please contact Kate Leveille at
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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