Early College for ME


Early College for ME is for students who are undecided about college, yet who have the potential to succeed in college. Students are selected by their high school. If you are interested, check with your high school guidance office. If you are selected to participate in Early College for ME, fill out our quick and easy application and open the door to your future!

Early College for ME offers college courses to students during the senior year of high school. If available, and if your high school approves, you may be able to take one or two community college courses during your senior year. ECforME pays for tuition, fees, and books. Your guidance counselor and our staff can help you decide whether a course is right for you.

Who Is Eligible?

Students are selected by their high school, during the junior year, to participate in Early College for ME. If you are interested, check with your high school guidance officer.

To be selected, a student must be—
  1. A junior in good standing and a responsible member of the school community;
  2. A Maine resident for at least one year before entering the first year at a Maine community college;
  3. Upon acceptance into college, able to attend college full time (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester) for consecutive semesters in a program of study; and
  4. Capable of succeeding in college but having no plans yet  for college.
In addition, schools may also take into consideration your financial need and whether you would be the first member of your family to attend college.

How to Apply

Once selected, interested students fill out the quick and easy application and have it signed by their parent or guardian. The Early College for ME application serves as the student’s scholarship and early college course application.


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