13 Maine universities split $5 million in federal funds amid pandemic

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 6:30pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirteen Maine colleges and universities have been awarded a total of $5,082,580 through the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Support Services Program, according to a news release. 

    The Student Support Services Program (SSS) is a federally-funded TRIO program that helps institutions of higher education provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and guide students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary educations.

    The TRIO programs provide assistance to more than 7,400 low-income and first-generation college students throughout Maine, the release noted.

    “This funding will help to ensure that Maine’s colleges and universities have the resources they need to continue to help students graduate and reach their career goals, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release stated.


    The funding has been awarded as follows:

    Central Maine Community College: $596,999

    Kennebec Valley Community College: $338,972

    Eastern Maine Community College: $261,888

    University of Maine at Fort Kent: $343,051

    Northern Maine Community College: $294,722

    Southern Maine Community College: $523,776

    Thomas College: $259,491

    University of Maine at Augusta: $544,741

    University of Maine at Presque Isle: $358,735

    University of Maine Farmington: $338,971

    University of Maine at Orono: $668,084

    University of Southern Maine : $261,888

    Washington County Community College: $291,262