April is Financial Awareness Month and focuses on smart money management

Opening doors to federal loans, grants and other sources of financial aid is as simple as filling out the FAFSA. That’s among the messages being put forth by the Financial Aid Office for Financial Awareness Month this April.

During Financial Awareness Month, held in April, the Financial Aid Office is encouraging students to fill out the FAFSA, sign up for the iGrad financial literacy tool, and learn about ways to save money and tap into grants and scholarships.

Here are some pointers to help you with your financial management during your college career and beyond:

Fill out the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students who are Maine residents and fill out the FAFSA by May 1 will automatically be considered for a Maine State Grant of up to $2,500.
• Sign up for iGrad. iGrad is an easy-to-use website that provides information and tools to help you manage your money, including your student loans. Sign up for your free account now.
• Track your student loans. Keep on top of what you’ve borrowed and prepare for paying your loans at

For questions about financial aid:

• Email:
• Phone: 207-741-5518
• Fax: 207-741-5671
• Online: Visit My Maine Guide>My Money on the student portal for answers on how to check your financial aid status, sign up for iGrad, file your FAFSA, apply for SMCC Foundation scholarships and other frequently asked questions.
• In person: Stop by our office at The Captain’s House, located a short walk from the Campus Center at the corner of Fort Road and McKernan Center Drive.