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Connecticut Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Yale may be the most famous university in Connecticut, but it is not the only university in Connecticut. There’s the University of Connecticut at Hartford and Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. There’s Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Then there’s a host of community colleges, including Manchester Community College and Three Rivers Community College. And last, but not least, there are many other private colleges like Fairfield University and Trinity College.

Whether you decide that you want to go to the most famous university in Connecticut or that you would rather go to the smallest community college in Connecticut, you can find money to help you get there. Connecticut scholarships and financial aid packages come in many forms and many sizes.

Searching for Connecticut Scholarships and Financial Aid

If you are looking for scholarships and financial aid in Connecticut, these are the best places to look:

  • US Department of Education – federal grants and loans
  • State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education – state grants and loan programs
  • Individual universities and colleges in Connecticut – school grants and scholarships
  • Organizations, corporations, individuals, and foundations – private scholarships

Federal Financial Aid for Connecticut Students

Federal financial aid packages for Connecticut students include federal grants and loans. Federal grants and low-interest loans are available to students who need financial assistance. To establish if you qualify, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The deadline for FAFSA submission is usually June 30, Central Daylight Time, the year you will use the aid. The Connecticut state deadline for the FAFSA is February 15. Your university or college may also have a FAFSA deadline, so be sure you are aware of all the deadlines. The FAFSA opens January 1 the year before, so apply early. For more information on federal grants, see the StateUniversity.com Guide to Federal Grants.
Your financial need depends on yours and your parents’ income and savings. Your university or college’s financial aid/scholarship office will decide how much financial aid to offer you. If you are offered loans in your Connecticut federal financial aid package, it means you have unmet need. You may choose to accept all the loans, part of the loans, or none of the loans. Most loans offered to students with financial need are directly from the US Department of Education and have low interest rates with deferment possibilities.

Connecticut State Financial Aid for Students

The state of Connecticut offers financial aid programs for state residents. Connecticut financial aid programs include grants and loans. Here’s a list of them:

Capitol Scholarship
Three thousand dollars a year offered to a Connecticut high school student who is in the top 20% of his or her graduating class. A minimum SAT score of 1800 and a minimum ACT score of 27 is required. Request an application from your high school’s counseling office or download an application here. The deadline is February 15.

Connecticut Aid for Public College Students
This grant is offered to Connecticut college students who have unmet need in their financial aid package. To apply, submit a FAFSA and talk to your university or college’s financial aid office.

Connecticut Independent College Student Grant Program
This grant is offered to a Connecticut student attending an independent university or college. To apply, submit a FAFSA and contact your financial aid office.

Connecticut Minority Teacher Incentive/Weisman Teacher Scholarship
Junior and senior minority students enrolled in a teacher preparatory program are eligible for this scholarship. Students can receive $5,000 a year, renewable once. Once students are teaching, $2,500 a year loan forgiveness is available for four years if they teach at a Connecticut public school. To apply, students must be nominated by the dean of their school of education. Click here for the application and a list of qualified schools. The deadline for nominations is October 1.

Connecticut financial aid programs also include state loans. Connecticut offers the Connecticut Family Education Loan Program to help families who have students enrolled at a non-profit college or university. Families may be able to borrow up to the amount of tuition at their students’ schools and are only charged interest while students are in school. Interest rates are fixed at 6.99% or an APR of 7.37% – 7.51%. To apply, go to www.chesla.org.

Scholarships Offered By Individual Connecticut Institutions

Each post-secondary institution in Connecticut offers scholarships based on need, merit, special ability, and educational interests. Individual Connecticut institutions have their own ways of administering institutional scholarships. Merit-based scholarships offered by some schools are managed by their admissions office, which means you will automatically be considered for a scholarship. The Yale School of Management, for example, offers a large number of merit-based scholarships through their admissions office. Other scholarships are usually administered through institutions’ financial aid/scholarship offices and may require separate applications. For example, Eastern Connecticut State University offers mostly competitive scholarships that require a general competitive application. Check with your school to see whether they require only the application for admissions, one general scholarship application, or separate applications for each scholarship.

Other Connecticut Scholarships

Connecticut scholarships also come from in-state individuals, families, organizations, and corporations. Here’s a list of just a few of the scholarships out there:

Professional Women in Construction
The Connecticut Chapter offers scholarships to students who are pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering, construction, or related fields. Download an application package here. Applications are usually due in March.

The Portuguese Foundation of Connecticut
Four $1,000 scholarships are offered to students who stand out in academics and are of Portuguese heritage. Please see the website for an application.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association E.J. Josey Scholarship
This scholarship in honor of E.J. Josey, former leader of the ALA, is offered to two African-American students pursuing a degree in a related field. Awards are $2,000 annually. The deadline is October 31.

Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) Competitive Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to Connecticut residents who are of Latino heritage. Download an application here.

Connecticut Community Foundation Scholarships
The Connecticut Community Foundation awards more than 250 scholarships year-round. Check the site for current available applications. For more information, contact the foundation at info@conncf.org or 203-753-1315.

Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Scholarship
SPJ awards five scholarships from $250 to $2,000 to Connecticut students who are pursuing careers in journalism. Students must be juniors or seniors and must be attending a four-year accredited post-secondary institution. Request an application from 71 Kenwood Ave.,
Fairfield, CT 06824.

Connecticut State Troopers Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to children of Connecticut State Police Officers who died in the line of duty. Write to Connecticut State Troopers Memorial Scholarship, Department of Public Safety, 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT 06457 for more information. Or you can also call the Department of Public Safety at 1-800-842-0200.

Three Things to Remember About Connecticut Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • The Connecticut FAFSA deadline is only a month and a half after the FAFSA application opens, so be sure you submit your application on time. Check with your school to see if the school deadline is further out.
  • Connecticut universities and colleges have different application procedures for institutional scholarships. Make sure you know whether you need to submit additional applications.
  • Local organizations love to support Connecticut students. Look locally for scholarships before going state-wide or nationally.

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