PL 488 grants a current member of the United States Armed Forces or a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who has been honorably discharged is enrolled in a program of education at any campus of the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System or the Maine Maritime Academy, that member or veteran is eligible for in-state tuition rates, regardless of the member’s or veteran’s state of residence.
Maine National Guard Education Assistance:
Provides eligible soldiers direct tuition assistance to help with college up to 100% tuition at all state colleges and universities, limited to the tuition cost for the state university. The program is subject to funding availability, individual eligibility criteria, and application guidelines & deadlines published to units.
Eligibility: Maine National Guard member must satisfy all four of the following conditions: a) Be a member of the Maine National Guard on or before the first day of class for the semester, trimester, quarter, or term. b) Have successfully completed basic training or received a commission on or before the first day of class for the semester, trimester, quarter, or term. c) Be a satisfactory participant in the Maine National Guard.
An “unsatisfactory participant” is a member of the Maine National Guard who has accumulated nine or more unexcused absences from unit training assemblies within a 12 month period, or who, without proper authority, fails to attend or complete the entire period of annual training. d. Enter into a written contractual commitment with the Maine National Guard to serve in the Maine National Guard for at least one year beyond the end of the term for which Education Assistance is granted.
Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs
10F Cross Road
P.O. Box 355
Winthrop, ME 04364
Sources: Student Veterans of America, American Legion