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Financial Resources for Students

Managing my finances

Let’s face it–a college education costs a lot of money. Thanks to scholarships, financial aid and rich uncles, most of us manage to successfully finance our education.

Finding financial support, dealing with loans, and managing our own personal finances can be challenging. The resources on this page are intended to address each of these challenges.

But first, file your FAFSA on time at  The on-time deadline at UMaine is March 1.

Finding financial support

Frequently check the Scholarships folder on FirstClass. To find this folder, go to: Student Resources>UMaine Academics>Academics Related Links>Scholarships. To add this folder directly to your FC desktop, right-click the Scholarships folder and select Add to Desktop.

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid has topics, such as: loans, scholarships, saving for college, military aid, other types of aid, financial aid applications, answering your questions, calculators, beyond financial aid.

Frequently check the Scholarships page on the University of Maine Student Financial Aid site.

Explore the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) education pages. There you will find a search engine to help you find scholarships that match your selection criteria, as well as links to several other free scholarship search sites. You will also see their message:

“Only use free scholarship searches. You should never have to pay for scholarship information.”

Explore the Maine Education Services (MES).  MES is a non-profit organization created to foster and promote access to higher education. MES provides best in class products and services to Maine students and families who need assistance in financing their higher education. MES is an administrator and servicer of student loans and scholarships. Here you will find links to specific scholarships, information about student loans and the “College Road Map.”

Register and create your own profile at FastWeb. FastWeb will match you to scholarships that fit your needs. They also have answers and tips to your financial aid questions. This is a free service, of course!

Dealing with loans

If your financial aid package includes loans, you can learn more about them, manage them, complete an exit interview (when you have finished your degree or stopped out), and look for additional loans at: Student Financial Aid page.

The University of Maine is excited to bring you our new financial literacy and debt management program, SALT.  UMaine is collaborating with the creators of  SALT, American Student Assistance (ASA), to provide you with this unique, interactive, and educational tool – at no cost to you!

SALT was created to help UMaine students become more financially savvy.  This program rewards you for making smart money decisions. Being a member of SALT will allow you to take advantage of features like these:

For more detailed information or to access services, please contact us at 581-2320 by e-mail at:

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SSS News

Late-Spring Semester 2014 Newsletter

Our Late-Spring 2014 newsletter is now available. It includes advice about taking summer courses, final exam tips, FAFSA followup reminders, SSS resources at your disposal, Summer Work Program, and more wellness tips!

Mid-Spring Semester 2014 Newsletter

Our Mid-Spring Semester 2014 newsletter Mid-Spring Semester 2014 newsletter is now available. It includes important dates, personal checklist, FAFSA reminder, Disability Support Services information, scholarship links, wellness tips, and an invite to Soup and Cribbage!

Winter-Spring 2014 Newsletter

Our Winter-Spring 2014 newsletter is now available. This newsletter is sent to most students via their TRIO-SSS Advisors. It has information about filing your next FAFSA for financial aid, information about services we are offering, a link to our workshop brainstorm survey, a chance to earn a prize, and more. Please take a few minute to look it over and then complete the survey.

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Contact Information

Student Support Services
125 East Annex, University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2320 | Fax: (207) 571-4252E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System