The Way It Should Be Program includes two awards:
The Free For Four Award guarantees that first-time, full-time, Pell Grant-eligible students from Maine will receive an annual financial aid package of $7,884, which covers the cost of tuition and fees for the academic year.
With the program's For Maine Families Award, similar Maine students who are not Pell-eligible and have an Expected Family Contribution of $20,000 or less may be eligible to receive an annual financial aid package of $3,084 or more.
Both of these awards are based on the completion of 30 credit hours per academic year. For full details on eligibility requirements, click here.
This program is about the way it should be—keeping Maine students in Maine, supporting economic and workforce development by helping students find a Maine career in a Maine community after graduation, and ensuring that when they leave our campus, they do so with the lowest debt possible.
The Way It Should Be Program is a major component of the University's Finish in Four initiative, and is expected to keep students on track by incentivizing them to complete 30 credits per academic year. Coupled with UMPI's career-focused curriculum and learning outcomes that align with workforce expectations, the program will help to prepare Maine students to serve as the next generation of Maine professionals.