Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP)
The Competitive Skills Scholarship helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy.
The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine.
Check back in late September 2013 for an update on the next CSSP application period.
Program Goal and Targeted Outcomes
Program Goal: To provide eligible individuals with access to post-secondary education, training for industry recognized credentials and support leading to skilled, well-compensated jobs with anticipated high employment demand. Achieving the CSSP program goal will result in:
- a Maine workforce trained to meet employer demand
- placement of successful trainees in high wage jobs
- improvement of the economic well-being of participants
Upgrades worker skills
The Competitive Skills Scholarship pays for things not covered by other education grant and loan programs, including:
- tuition and fees that are not paid from other sources
- educational supports including: child care, transportation, books, supplies, equipment, remedial and pre-requisite training
Pick the training program that is right for you
The Competitive Skills Scholarship pays for several different education and training options including:
- certificate programs
- two and four-year degrees
To qualify for the Competitive Skills Scholarship, you need to meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years old and live in Maine
- Legally eligible to work in the U.S.
- Are seeking education or training for a job in a high wage, in demand occupation
- Do not have a marketable post-secondary degree
- Have household income of less than 200% of the federal poverty level
- Have the ability to undertake and complete the education or training program