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Maine’s Parents as Scholars Program

Maine’s Parents as Scholars (PaS) program provides a range of services to Maine TANF participants who are pursuing two-year or four-year postsecondary degrees. Students who participate in PaS receive a range of support services, including transportation, child care, required books and supplies that are not covered by financial aid grants, and school uniforms and essential clothing (up to $300 per year). As a rule, PaS does not pay tuition, though individual colleges frequently provide students with financial aid application assistance. However, when students are unable to receive any financial aid, they can get up to $3,500 per academic year from PaS. Students also receive cash benefits equal to TANF cash benefits.

CLASP – TANF Education and Training: Maine’s Parents as Scholars Program