Financial Info/ Scholarships
Tuition for the 2018-2019 Leadership Maine class is $4,250 for MDF members and $4,950 for non-members. Tuition includes the cost of the program, materials, meals, and facilities (also includes two nights of lodging for the Opening Retreat). Travel expenses to and from each session and all other lodging* costs are not covered by tuition. Tuition is payable in full by July 13, 2018, unless other arrangements have been made. Applicants whose organizations are not members of MDF are strongly encouraged to join. Becoming an MDF Member saves your organization money on tuition and provides additional benefits. Learn more.
Financial Aid Philosophy
Leadership Maine has a limited amount of financial aid available each year to assist participants who cannot personally afford the tuition and have exhausted all other funding sources. Financial assistance will be based upon need and will be extended to those who are unable to meet the tuition requirements once selection of the class has been made. All those capable of funding themselves are strongly encouraged to do so. Funding sources also may include a sponsoring organization or individual, an employer, or another affiliated organization (e.g. a trade organization). Payment plans are also available.
Financial assistance from Leadership Maine should be seen as the last dollars that a candidate seeks. As an example, a participant whose organization is a member of MDF, might pay $750 of the $4,250 tuition from personal resources, get his/her employer to contribute $2,500, a sponsoring organization (e.g. Rotary Club, local chamber, municipal association) to pay $500, and then request the last $500 from Leadership Maine.
No full scholarships will be awarded. There is a minimum personal payment requirement of $300 for all Leadership Maine participants. This payment is to assure that even if your employer is willing to pay the full tuition, you still have a personal stake in the program. Regardless of the amount of financial support, your employer must support your full participation in the program (allowing adequate time away from other duties).
Requests are Separate and Confidential
All participants will be selected without regard to their financial aid request. Funding Plan Worksheets will be kept in a separate, confidential file until the final selections have been made. If you are chosen to be a class member, we will then consider your request for financial aid in conjunction with other requests. When you are notified of your acceptance, you will also be informed of your scholarship award.
*Other lodging costs include two overnights on the bus tour (October), one overnight at the closing retreat (May), and any other night you choose to stay before and/or after a session.
Funding Plan Worksheet
To help you determine the amount of money you need to request for scholarship assistance, download the Funding Plan Worksheet.