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Student Resources

Student Resources

Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program is an exciting opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to attend a weeklong educational program in Washington, D.C. as well as receive a one-time $10,000 college scholarship.

Qualified students must demonstrate a deep commitment to civic engagement as well as an academic interest and aptitude for government, history and politics. The chief state school officer in each state makes the final selection of delegates by December 1.

For more information, please go to:


  • The  Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) is great resource for Maine students and families looking for advice about how to best plan for the costs associated with their postsecondary education.  All the information provided by FAME is free of charge and is designed to help folks understand the importance of responsible borrowing and access other important financial aid resources.
  • The  NextGen College Investing Plan, administered by FAME, is an investment plan offered by the State of Maine to help families afford the costs of higher education. 
  • Maine Education Services (MES) is a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to higher education for Maine students across the state. MES provides important resources and information about college readiness, career preparation, and financial planning for our students and their families so that their college dreams can become a reality. 
  • AFS-USA and other exchange organizations partner to offer full scholarships for youth exchange programs that are funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad and  Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)  scholarships enable American high school students to study abroad for one academic year.

Financial Aid for Students

Guides students through the process of locating and applying for financial aid.  Prepared by the Congressional Research Service for the U.S. Senate, updated February 2014 .


Getting started


Student aid and where it comes from

Basic assistance categories :
  • Financial need-based
    Remember that students and their parents are responsible for paying what they can-- financial aid is a supplement, not a substitute, for family resources.
  • Non need-based
    Factors include academic excellence, ethnic background, or organization membership. Corporations may also offer assistance to employees and children.
Federal Student Aid :
States offer residents a variety of scholarships, loans, and tuition exemptions.

Colleges and universities provide some 20% of aid, most need-based. Check university Web sites and the institution's financial aid office when you apply for admission.

Private foundations, corporations, and organizations offer scholarships or grants:
Free Scholarship Search
Grants for Individuals


Targeted aid for special groups

Interested in public service?

Federal assistance programs seek to encourage people to work in geographic areas or professions where there's a particular need (such as doctors in underserved areas); encourage underrepresented groups to enter a particular profession; and provide aid in exchange for services provided (such as military service).

Aid for private K-12 education : No direct federal assistance, check with schools themselves: TOP

Repaying your loans

After college, the federal government has ways to help you repay your loans .

Merete F.Gerli, CRS