Starting in 2018, four University of Maine system campuses (University of Maine Augusta, University of Maine Fort Kent, University of Maine Machias, and University of Maine Presque Isle) will be offering free tuition to in-state students who are eligible for Pell grants. More details are still to come, but the article below does flesh out some of the requirements. One thing of note, if the program is a success, the other UMaine system schools may follow suit.
- Tips on minimizing and managing college debt
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Tips on Minimizing and Managing College Debt
It’s no secret that the rising cost of college has a lot of potential college students a little worried. While most accept the fact that a college degree would help them get a better job, the worry that college debt would overwhelm any salary increases is a legitimate fear. Fortunately, among the services provided by MEOC is a comprehensive plan to help get each student on their way to a college degree, without crippling college debt. In the first part of this newsletter, we will focus on a few strategies that can help, but if you really want individualized plans, make an appointment to see the MEOC advisor in your area!
Adult Ed classes
One cost that many nontraditional students aren’t prepared for is the cost of taking classes to re-learn skills they once knew. College classes often have pre-requisite knowledge, for example, a solid knowledge of Algebra, that many nontraditional students may no longer possess. Paying by the credit hour to regain these skills can be a very expensive proposition. By utilizing the services of your local Adult Education Agency, you can build these skills in a much more cost-effective manner. Not sure what your knowledge gaps might be? Don’t worry about it! Your MEOC advisor can help you figure out what the prerequisites are to your program of interest, and help you figure out a way to identify ALL of the steps you need to meet on the way.