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Budgeting Basics in a New Year

$29

with Devina Iyer

Calendar Mar 7, 2024 at 5:30 pm

This is a live, online Zoom class:

Would you like to get into the habit of budgeting this New Year? Join our class for a smooth ride into creating your personalized budget and learn how to handle big expenses effortlessly. Whether you're self-employed or deal with seasonal income, we've got you covered for crafting a budget that stands strong in slow months.

The goal is to make budgeting a breeze. Walk away with the skills to understand, create, and conquer your budget, along with mastering short and long-term savings goals. This class is open to all—individuals, families, young, or experienced.

Devina Iyer is a seasoned bookkeeper and personal finance enthusiast. She's helped small businesses boost their financial well-being and is now keen on sharing practical budgeting skills with more people.

Getting Your Affairs in Order - Probate, Estate Planning and MaineCare

$25

with Tim Stanley

Calendar Mar 7, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Are your family and loved ones prepared to handle your affairs in the event that you can't? Join Attorney Tim Stanley for a discussion about the probate process, wills, trusts, and powers of attorney and preparing for the possibility of long term care expenses. The class will be formatted as a lecture series with the opportunity to ask questions. Provided materials are meant to supplement the in-class discussion.

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Adulting 101: Money Hacks

Free

with Nikki Vachon

Calendar Apr 3, 2024 at 6:30 pm

Adulting is tough. Finances can be one of the trickiest parts of adulthood. Whether you’ve been Adulting for decades or are just getting started, banking basics, spending plans, credit scores and useful tools and apps are available to make the whole Adulting thing a little bit easier. Join Nikki Vachon from the Finance Authority of Maine for this 1-hour virtual workshop as we dive into some adulting money basics together.  This workshop is offered by FAME in partnership with adult education programs across Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot and Washington Counties.  

This is live online using ZOOM.

Wednesday, November 8, 6pm-7pm

Nikki Vachon, College Access Counselor at FAME will be sharing information about programs that student loan borrowers might want to take advantage of. She has worked in the financial aid field for over 26 years and is passionate about sharing information and helping students and borrowers. She welcomes interaction and questions in classes and will end the session with helping attendees look up their loan information and creating a list of next steps. 

Home Buyer Education
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Home Buyer Education

$40

with Heather Massow

Calendar Apr 6, 2024 at 8 am

This class is offered through RSU24 Adult Ed. Please contact them to register: 207-422-4794 or https://rsu24.maineadulted.org/classes/  

Not sure what to do when buying a home? What is all that financial jargon your banker isthrowing at you? MaineStream is a certified HomeBuyer Education provider for HUD and MaineState Housing Authority. Your certificate of completion allows you to access special loan programs through MSHA, FHA, and VA and is good for two years.

This class teaches you how to make good decisions about choosing the lender, real estate agent, and other professionals that will best serve your interests. Become a wiser consumer, when, and if, you purchase a home. You are under no obligation to purchase a home. If you choose to, you are free to use any lending institution, real estate agent, or other professional.

Adulting 102: Money Grows

Free

with Nikki Vachon

Calendar Apr 10, 2024 at 6:30 pm

This is live online using ZOOM.

So, you're on a budget, managing a bank account, and wondering about the next steps in your financial journey, in Adulting 102, we will look at the difference between saving and investing, and if you are ready to invest, how to get started. Other topics will includ protecting you assets (insurance), advanced budgeting, and understanding the rold economics plays in our financial life. Join Steve Kautz, Financial Education Programs Specialist from the Finance Authority of Maine, for this 1-hour workshop as you take the next steps into adulting. 

Getting a Jump-Start on Planning for Your Child's Higher Education

Free

with Nikki Vachon

Calendar Apr 23, 2024 at 6 pm

Is higher education in your family's future? Join a college savings specialist from the Finance Authority of Maine to talk about planning and saving for higher education. Come learn about the aspirational and financial impacts of savings for students of all ages, as well as the program highlights of Maine's Section 529 plan, a tool many families use to prepare for higher education expenses. Also, take home some tips and tricks for getting a jump-start on the scholarship search while your child is in middleschool/easrly high school. Join Marie Pelletier, College Savings Counselor from the Finance Authority of Maine for this 1-hour virtual session and get started with saving for your child or grandchild's higher education. 

Planning and Paying for College

Free

with Nikki Vachon

Calendar May 15, 2024 at 7 pm

Do you have children who will be looking at college in the next few years or might you be thinking of returning to school yourself? Now is a great time to start thinking about the college financial aid process and ways to boost college savings. The earlier you start, the more confident and relaxed you will feel when it is time to apply for financial aid. Join Nikki Vachon, College Access Counselor with the Finance Authority of Maine for this 1-hour workshop as we talk all things paying for college.  This workshop is offered by FAME in partnership with adult education programs across Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot and Washington Counties. 

This is a live, online class via Zoom.

Wednesday, October 11, 6pm-7pm

Nikki Vachon, College Access Counselor at FAME will be sharing information about programs that student loan borrowers might want to take advantage of. She has worked in the financial aid field for over 26 years and is passionate about sharing information and helping students and borrowers. She welcomes interaction and questions in classes and will end the session with helping create (or recover) their FAFSA login information (or recover it) to get ready to file the FAFSA or in some cases complete the FAFSA if attending in 2023-24 academic year. She will share info about upcoming FAFSA help sessions for the 2024-25 academic year.

Medicare 101

Free

with EAAA Staff

Are you ro someone you know turning 65 and have questions about Medicare? When it begins, how much does it cost? Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA)offers free education classes to inform you about Medicare and the important choices you have. 

Zoom classes are available every 3rd Thursday of the month, 1:30-2:30pm. Registration is required through EAAA.

CALL 1-800-43207812 or 941-2865 to register. 





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