For those students with some college, but no degree...
this is a program designed with you in mind!
Complete a two-year degree in 12 months
For immediate information and clarification contact Jane Kimball Foley, AME Coordinator or call 207-216-4417
During the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic years, three of Maine’s community colleges (Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, and York County Community College in Wells) will pilot an accelerated degree program designed to enable Maine adults who have earned at least 30 college credits to complete a two-year degree in 12 months.*
The program—known as Accelerate ME—will provide participating students with financial assistance, academic and personal counseling, and priority course scheduling. It is designed to serve 225 students over two years.
Accelerate ME will be open to Maine residents who:
- Are 19 years of age or older when they enter the program.
- Have been awarded at least 30 credit hours toward a degree and can complete a degree within 12 months.
- Are either: currently enrolled part-time, in good academic standing, and taking courses on a schedule that will require two or more years to complete their degree, or are not currently enrolled and have not been enrolled within the past academic year but have been enrolled within the past five years in good academic standing.
- Are economically disadvantaged: for those students who do not qualify for Pell awards, preference will be given to those who have a personal income of $25,000 or less (2009 median per capita income for Maine is $24,666) or a family income less than 300% of poverty (for a family of four, this is $66,150 or less).
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Application materials for participation in Accelerate ME will be available from the three colleges beginning March 1, 2011. Individuals interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to contact the schools at that time.
**Program participants will be able to enroll in Liberal Studies, General Studies, Career Studies, General Technology, and Business Management or in any other degree program in which a student with advanced standing can complete his or her degree within 12 months.