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Lifelong Learning Accounts can help you access the training you need to advance in your job or start a new career. LILAs can help you:

  • Pursue a career and not just a job;
  • Learn new skills and further your education;
  • Increase your earnings and career potential; and
  • Work with an advisor to develop a career plan.

To Get Started

To take part in the Lifelong Learning Account program, you must work for a LiLA participating employer.

  • You will establish a LiLA account in the form of a NextGen® account* and contribute a minimum of $25 per month which will be matched by your employer. In addition, income eligible Maine residents may receive an initial $200 matching grant from the Finance Authority of Maine and subsequent annual grants of up to $200.
  • You will meet with an advisor to discuss your career and educational goals and complete an Individual Learning Plan within 90 days of enrollment. Every six months, the advisor will contact you for a brief follow-up.

Let the learning begin!

LiLA funds can be used to pay most higher education expenses at any accredited post-secondary education institution that is eligible to participate in student aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds can be used for:

  • Tuition for credit or non-credit courses
  • Distance learning courses
  • On-line courses
  • Certificate programs
  • Credit for prior learning assessment
  • Test-outs, such as CLEP exams
  • Books and other fees
  • Course related supplies and equipment required for enrollment or attendance