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Grants for Maine residents - Automated Funding Grant

A $100 Automated Funding Grant is available for accounts that make automated contributions through an automated funding option, regardless of family income.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

  • Either the account owner or account beneficiary is a Maine resident at the time the grant is awarded.
  • The account must make six consecutive automated contributions no less frequently than quarterly, before the grant will be awarded.

How do I start making automated contributions?

NextGen accounts can be funded through payroll deduction or automatic contributions from your bank account (Automated Funding Service). Automated contributions must be at least $25 monthly per account.

What else should I know?

  • The Automated Funding Grant is limited to one per eligible account.
  • Automated Funding Grant funds may only be used for qualified higher education expenses.¹
  • View the Terms and Conditions of Maine Grant Programs for other conditions and restrictions that apply.

Although grant funds will appear on the NextGen account statement, all matching grant funds, including any earnings on matching grant funds, remain the property of FAME until used for qualified higher education expenses.

¹ To be eligible for favorable tax treatment afforded to any earnings portion of withdrawals from Section 529 accounts, such withdrawals must be used for “qualified higher education expenses,” as defined in the Internal Revenue Code.  Any earnings withdrawn that are not used for such expenses are subject to federal income tax and may be subject to a 10% additional federal tax, as well as state and local income taxes.

FAME may modify or terminate any matching grant program at any time.