In a collaboration between the Upward Bound programs at Bowdoin College and the University of Maine, and with support from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), 125 students from 20 high schools across Maine will convene at the University of Maine campus Thursday afternoon, November 11 to participate in the “Keys to College” program.
Students will tour the campus, participate in a financial literacy workshop and have a question-and-answer session with current college students and recent graduates about paying for college and managing personal budgets, credit cards and student loans.
Coordinators say that they hope students will come away understanding that the keys to college success include more than simply filling out college applications, and that finding a post-secondary program that is a good match to skills and interests is crucial, as is making financially responsible choices with regard to paying for college.
Upward Bound programs in Maine are federally funded TRIO programs and serve more than 500 students from 54 high schools. The primary purpose of Upward Bound is to provide students from low-income families with the academic and personal support they need to successfully complete a college education. Nearly 90 percent of Maine Upward Bound students enroll in college directly after high school.