Resources for the College Bound

All you need to know about applying to college!

You've decided to go to college, now what? From acing the SATs in high school to finding financial aid, Homeschoolers of Maine is here to help take the pressure off the college admission process.


Join us each Wednesday in October to find out more about applying to colleges, writing a college essay that will get you accepted, and finding the funds to pay for your college education.


In addition, How to Leverage Early College for your Post-secondary Education is an informative webinar, featuring UMA, UMaine and UMaine Machias Early College Directors, Rachael Magill, Kari Suderley, and Christy Alley. Together they team up to present an informative session on Early College Enrollment.  Register here for a link to this webinar!


Register Today for the Events Below!

When you register, you will receive a Zoom link that can be used for all four of the sessions below. Simply join the session using the link at the appropriate day and time!

2022 Speaker and Workshop Line-up!

October 5 at 1:00pm - Financing College

Nikki Vachon, Finance Authority of Maine


Paying for college seems like something you start thinking about senior year of high school but in reality, the earlier you start, the more prepared you’ll be. Join Nikki Vachon, College Access Counselor to talk about ways you can start planning for your child’s education now, no matter their age, that will help maximize the amount of aid you receive as well as ways to shop for an affordable college. We’ll also focus on how to apply for financial aid, look for scholarships (did you know that there are scholarships that middle school students could apply for?) and share best practices. Bring your questions!!


October 12 at 1:00pm - Writing the College Essay

Angela Hurd, HOME Leader and Maine Certified Teacher


Learn to write successful college essays with a veteran high school English teacher!  In this webinar you will learn:

--what a college essay is or isn't

--what colleges are looking for in a college essay and why those essays are important

--tips and tricks for writing the college essay

--how to write a college essay by analyzing successful student models

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to get started on your own college essay.. 


October 19 at 1:00pm - Applying to College

Trish Hutchins, HOME Coach and Regional Representative


In our time together, we will discuss the details of preparing our homeschooled students for the college admissions process.  Topics include: keeping paperwork for college admissions (transcripts, course descriptions, list of extracurricular activities, etc.); assigning high school credits; building time management and study skills; accruing early college credit through dual enrollment or AP exams; and navigating the FAFSA and financial aid.


October 26 at 1:00pm - How to Ace the SAT and Get Free College

Jean Burk, College Prep Genius


(Discover how this is a learnable test and every question can be answered in 30 seconds or less.)

Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of test success that have helped tens of thousands of

students raise their SAT scores as much as 700 points, ACT 9 points and top 1% on the CLT! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, Reading and Science are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have college-bound students, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for these tests! 


Our Speakers

Nikki Vachon

Nikki has been part of the outreach team at FAME for five years and serves Aroostook, Hancock, and Penobscot & Washington Counties.  She came to us with 17 years of financial aid experience.  She completed her undergraduate degree in at the University of ME at Presque Isle and completed her MBA in Business at Husson University in 2007.  Her passion is working to make sure every student has educational opportunities and giving them the foundation to make good financial decisions. She lives in Bangor with her husband, has three step children.  She welcomed her first grandchild, Ellie and a new puppy, Murphy into the family in 2018!

Jean Burk

SAT Instructor, Jean Burk, is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX as a news contributor, CBS, NBC, ABC, WE, iON, CW, TXA21, and The Homeschool Channel. She also serves as a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, educational resources, and online publications. Jean currently travels across the United States and abroad teaching students how to improve their standardized test scores and speaking to parents about how to get college for FREE!

Trish Hutchins

Trish is a veteran homeschooling mom from the Belfast area. She is a Homeschoolers of Maine regional representative for Waldo, Knox, and Lincoln counties. Trish has homeschooled her sons from kindergarten through high school, and both boys are currently in college.  

Angela Hurd

Angela received her BA from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in English Education/Bible and was an English teacher for 18 years at Belfast Area High School in Belfast, ME.  She is now gratefully homeschooling her two young sons in her small town of Morrill.  She loves reading books with her boys, talking about politics with her husband, singing worship music, and learning something new every day!