Maine’s LIFT Act Would Help Low-Income Students Succeed
Carrie Welton, The Center for Law and Social Policy
Today, Feb. 14, Maine's legislature will hear testimony on the Leveraging Investments in Families for Tomorrow (LIFT) Act and how it would allow the state to use existing public benefit funding to support low-wage students' achievement of a degree or certificate.
The LIFT Act recognizes the many barriers preventing low-income students from completing postsecondary education. These challenges include unmet financial need, food and housing insecurity, and parenting responsibilities. By combining public benefits with targeted counseling, comprehensive financial aid, and advising, the LIFT Act could improve students' prospects of degree completion.