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.
Applications for CSSP are accepted at Maine’s CareerCenters annually, typically in February. After applications are screened and determined initially eligible, they are entered into a random selection process. The number of new CSSP applicants accepted into the program each year is based on available funding and is announced on the CSSP web page prior to the application period.
The application period for CSSP is now closed. Please continue to check the web site for updates regarding applications for CSSP employment and training services
CSSP Approved Occupations List (Excel)
CSSP Income Guidelines (Word)
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