University of Maine will be offering a free college course to first-year students who failed a class during their first semester. Make the Grade Student Success Initiative is a pilot project to provide students struggling to make the transition from high school to college with the resources and support they need to stay on track to success. The program is part of a larger outreach effort to increase the percentage of returning students each year, called Maine Values You. Only 44 percent of first-year UMaine students who failed a course last fall were back on campus this September.

All seven University of Maine campuses will be participating in the Make the Grade pilot initiative for fall 2019 first-year students. Eligibility and requirements for participation will vary as the universities experiment with different approaches. Campus representatives will reach out during and immediately following the holiday break to students who are eligible for a free course.

For more information about details and eligibility, call (877) UMA-1234 or visit