Info for Students

Countdown to college: what you need to do and when

Schools choose students as juniors to participate in Early College for ME. Juniors test in the spring for college readiness. Juniors who score high enough may be able to take one or two college courses in their senior year for free.

Early College for ME staff help seniors apply for college and for financial aid. Schools decide which seniors will receive a Maine community college scholarship. Scholarship recipients continue to have ECforME support for up to two years in college.

Responsibilities of ECforME participants

Attend all meetings with the Early College for ME Regional Director (RD). Take the Accuplacer test for college readiness, maintain “good standing” at school, and stay in touch with the RD.

Attend all meetings with the RD. Apply to and be accepted by at least one Maine community college, file the federal financial aid form (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1, maintain “good standing” at school, and stay in touch with the RD.

Helpful resources

Programs of study at Maine’s community colleges
Explore the nearly 300 degree and certificate options offered around the state. See what’s right for you.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
A quick tutorial for filing this all-important financial aid form.

FAME: Finance Authority of Maine
Scholarships and other information, including what you need to know about the the need-based $1,700 Maine State Grant. You may be eligible for this grant, but only if you file the FAFSA. Begin your FAFSA application on October 1. The FAME website also offers FAFSA Help

Accuplacer and practice questions
The Accuplacer shows you how ready you are for college-level work. Practicing for the Accuplacer will help you achieve higher scores.

PLATO Learning Environment
If you scored below college-level on any of your Accuplacer tests, this site can help you catch up: online tutoring in reading, writing, math, and algebra—FREE through ECforME. Your high school may also offer PLATO.