Free College Tuition in Maine For HiSET Graduates

In Maine, a new initiative for HiSET graduates has been launched.

If students earn(ed) a HiSET diploma or complete(d) their high school curricula in the years 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023, they can enroll for free in one of the programs offered at Maine’s seven community colleges for two years.

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Simultaneously, Maine’s Education Department’s Office of Adult Education started out a campaign to encourage the state’s adult learners who never completed high school to start learning toward a HiSET® diploma.

The HiSET exam is Maine’s alternative for earning a High School Equivalency Diploma. The HiSET replaced the GED® test for that purpose in Maine a few years back.

The HiSET program

Through this new initiative, students who have completed the five subtests that make up the HiSET exam are eligible for two years of free credit-bearing community college programs in the state. Isn’t that a great opportunity?!

Throughout Maine, the “It’s time for HiSET” campaign was introduced, and to point the public’s attention to this initiative, there are yard signs placed all over the state, and local adult education programs will be active on social media platforms with the hashtag #HiSET4ME.

Like the GED, the HiSET exam offers individuals that left high school without graduating the opportunity to secure a secondary education credential that’s equivalent to a regular high school degree.

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The HiSET exam includes five separate, modular subtests that cover the academic subject areas of Mathematics, English Reading, English Writing, Social Studies, and Science.

Free college education

The initiative is for students living in Maine. When they graduate (or have graduated) high school or earn(ed) their HiSET diplomas in the years 2020 through 2023, they can enroll in full-time academic programs available at the seven community colleges in Maine for two years at NO COST whatsoever.

The HiSET exam was already free for Maine residents and prep classes were readily available throughout the state at no cost as well, but now, also two years of college are FREE. Students that prefer to learn online for the HiSET exam can also sign up for an accredited online course such as the GED-recognized Onsego prep course.

Students that already passed parts of the HiSET exam should be aware that earlier results still count! So they just can return to their local adult education facility and complete the remaining HiSET subtests to earn their diplomas.

Students who qualify for federal and state financial aid can use these additional scholarship funds to pay for study books, supplies, or any other educational expenses. So this will help to cover 100% of all tuition and fees associated with programs available at Maine’s community colleges.

How to sign up for the program

If you want to benefit from this fantastic initiative, just apply to one of the seven colleges. Study advisors will help you with your application and FAFSA (financial aid application). Then, they will advise you about academic program options that will be right for you. Check out this post if you want to learn more about how to apply for college with a GED or HiSET diploma.

So there’s no need for you to submit a free scholarship application since the schools will do all the work to obtain the scholarship. All you need to do is apply to the college to start the process.

The seven participating Community Colleges are

  • CMCC (Central Maine Community College)
  • EMCC (Eastern Maine Community College)
  • KVCC (Kennebec Valley Community College)
  • NMCC (Northern Maine Community College)
  • SMCC (Southern Maine Community College)
  • WCCC (Washington County Community College)
  • YCCC (York County Community College)