Free College

Wondering if you can afford college? You can!  Free College has been extended!

High school grads from 2020-2025 (or equivalent) qualify for free tuition!  Don’t miss out on the best deal ever.

What is the Free College Scholarship?

The Free College Scholarship makes community college even more affordable for recent high school graduates! If you earned a high school diploma or its equivalent in 2020 – 2025, you qualify for the scholarship that pays 100% of tuition and mandatory fees at WCCC!

Who is eligible for a Free College Scholarship?

If you graduated high school (or earned the equivalent of a high school diploma, like a GED or Hi-SET) in 2020 – 2025 – you’re eligible. It’s that simple. There are no income or age limits. All you have to do is enroll in a degree or certificate program, accept any state or federal aid you qualify for, and live in Maine while enrolled. That’s it – you’re in!

What does the Free College Scholarship cover?

This scholarship pays for tuition and mandatory fees, after federal and state grant aid has been applied. Those students who qualify for maximum grant aid may use any additional grant funds to cover the cost of books, supplies, and other related educational expenses. If you need additional financial assistance, contact our financial aid office to see what may be available for you.

Sounds good to me! How do I sign up?

Apply to WCCC– or just fill out the form on this page. Our Office of Admissions will contact you to help you figure out your pathway for success as a student at WCCC! Whatever you need, we’ll help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

There is no application for the Free College Scholarship. If you are eligible and enroll at WCCC, our financial aid office will work with you to award the scholarship.


What can I study?
You can choose from any of our degree or certificate programs.


Do I have to go full-time?

No, but studies show that full-time students do better academically, so we encourage attending full-time. But we understand that isn’t always possible. We’ll work with you to keep you on track to graduate within two years for a one-year certificate program, or four years for a two year degree program.

Do I have to be a Maine high school graduate?

No, you just have to be living in Maine while enrolled in college.

What is the FAFSA and how do I complete it?

The FAFSA is the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It’s used by all schools to determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid. It might seem complicated, but most people can complete the FAFSA in less than 30 minutes online.  If you need help, there are advisors standing by at  You can also contact our financial aid office at 207-454-1000 or visit 

Are those who are not U.S. citizens eligible?

Yes! Noncitizens qualify for the scholarship.

Are GED/Hi-SET recipients eligible?

Yes. If you completed a GED or earned a Hi-SET diploma in 2020 – 2025, you are eligible for the scholarship.

How long does the Free College Scholarship last?

The scholarship covers tuition and mandatory fees for the length of your one-year certificate or two-year degree program.

What if I can't enroll right away? Can I enroll later?

Yes, but there’s a limit. Find your enrollment deadline here:

2020-21 grads – Enroll no later than during the 2023-24 academic year
2022 grads – Enroll no later than during the 2024-25 academic year
2023 grads – Enroll no later than during the 2025-26 academic year
2024 grads – Enroll no later than during the 2026-27 academic year
2025 grads – Enroll no later than during the 2027-28 academic year

I still don’t think I can afford college, what are my options?

If you need additional financial assistance, contact our financial aid office to see what may be available for you.  207-454-1000 or 

What if I don't qualify. Are there other options?

Absolutely! For half of our students grant aid covers most, or all, of their tuition and fees. Maine’s community colleges also offer a number of tuition waiver or free college options, like free short-term workforce training.  


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  • If you graduated from high school in 2020 or 2021 you qualify for free college, even if you’re already enrolled. You do not need to apply for the scholarship. The financial aid office at WCCC will work with you to award the scholarship.
  • If you are a current WCCC student enrolled in a degree or certificate program, please login to MyWCCC to register online for courses or contact your Academic Advisor.


Other Opportunities for Free College!

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  • Free Early College: any high school student can take up to 12 free college credits at any community college in Maine. Even if you exceed 12 credits, tuition is half-price. Talk to your guidance counselor or click here to learn more!
  • Free Short-term Workforce training: With Maine Quality Center funds, Maine Jobs & Recovery funds, and a mix of private investments, EMCC offers free short-term training programs to thousands of workers every year. Click here to learn more!
  • Free College through State and Federal Grants: Community college is already free for many students, you just don’t know it! About half of all degree-seeking students at Maine Community Colleges receive enough grant aid to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees. 74% get some form of grant aid, lowering the total cost of enrollment. The Pell Grant is one of the most common. To find out if you qualify for the Pell Grant, fill out your FAFSA.
  • Existing Tuition Waiver policies:
    • Adult Education students
    • Service members or Veterans
    • Students from Foster Care
    • Native Americans from regional tribes
    • Low-income parents via HOPE Program (DHHS – Higher opportunity Pathways to Employment) and PaS Program (TANF – Parents as scholars)
    • Children or spouses of Maine public servants killed in the line of duty
    • Senior Citizens