LEWISTON – The public is invited to attend an informational discussion Thursday, Dec. 8, about the Parents as Scholars Program. The student aid program helps low-income parents who wish to enroll in two- or four-year college programs.

It was created by the Maine Legislature in 1997 as part of the state’s welfare reform plan. The program is run by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services through the ASPIRE Program.

Parents who are eligible for, but not necessarily receiving, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families with Children are eligible.

Students in the program may receive assistance with cash, food, child care and health coverage while obtaining their degree. The program also provides the same support services that one would get in the ASPIRE Program. It includes most services necessary to complete an educational plan.

The informal session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 170 at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St. It is free and open to all. For more information about the program, check the Web site at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/bfi/tanf/PAS.htm.


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