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June 10, 2024

Hannaford employees will get 10% break on UMaine tuition

hannaford at sunset Photo / Peter Van Allen Starting this summer, Hannaford employees can receive a 10% discount on undergraduate and graduate courses offered within the University of Maine System.

The University of Maine System announced a program that allows full- and part-time Hannaford employees to receive a 10% discount on undergraduate and graduate courses.

The offer, which starts this summer, extends to all universities within the system and includes online and law courses.

The partnership, which is the first of its kind for the UMaine System, expands Hannaford’s Groceries to Grads education-reimbursement program. It offers associates up to $5,250 in tuition funds annually at any accredited college or university, with additional discounts available at partner universities within Hannaford’s network.

“Postsecondary education is the most proven pathway to upward mobility, enabling learners of all ages and stages to improve their knowledge, skills and earning abilities. With expanded online offerings and other flexible degree and certificate pathways that work for busy adults, relevant higher education and opportunity is more accessible than ever through Maine’s public universities,” said Dannel Malloy, UMaine System's chancellor.  

“I commend Hannaford Supermarkets for their ongoing investment in their associates and look forward to strengthening our system’s partnership with this iconic Maine-based company for the benefit of their employees and our economy and communities.”

Introduced in August 2022, the first full year of Hannaford’s Groceries to Grads initiative supported the career growth and development of associates across 78 stores attending more than 50 colleges and universities. 

The tuition discount is the most recent development in a long history of partnership between Hannaford and the UMaine System. Since 2020, Hannaford has provided more than $160,000 in funding to initiatives and programs across Maine’s public universities that support student mental health and wellness.

Scarborough-based Hannaford Supermarkets has a total of 189 stores in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. It has nearly 30,000 employees. 

The University of Maine System includes University of Maine and its regional campus the University of Maine at Machias, the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law, as well as the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center.

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