Many students who attend the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) are elgible for and receive financial aid to help defray the cost of college. Read below to learn more about financial aid resources and information.
About Financial Aid
ApplyingApply online using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Types of Financial Aid
Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds.
You may be eligible to receive federal, state, and/or institutional grants. Certain federal student aid programs require a percentage of aid to be returned if a student completely withdraws from all courses.
- Work Study
Work-study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work-study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your class and personal schedules. Work-study positions may also be available within various college departments.
- Student Loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be repaid. Federal student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.
Financial Aid Deadlines
Students should be aware that institutions within the ConnSCU system may have different priority or deadline dates regarding financial aid awards. All institutions require students applying for financial aid to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The results of this application are used to package not only federal aid (i.e. Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans), but also state aid and often institutional aid as well. This application is required annually and should be filed as soon after January 1 as possible for students planning to be enrolled in college the following fall semester. Students should check the websites of individual system colleges and universities to determine more specific financial aid priority or deadline dates that may apply.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
A Connecticut Community College student receiving Federal Title IV financial aid or other financial aid directly administered or certified by the college must maintain satisfactory academic progress towards the completion of a certificate or degree program of study.
Community College Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (pdf)
Charter Oak State College
Connecticut State Universities
- Central - Academic Progress Policies
- Eastern - Academic Progress Policies
- Southern - Academic Progress Policies
- Western - Academic Progress Policies
If you've served in the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for additional financial aid. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance.
How to Apply
Step 1: File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)If you are a new student, do not wait until you are admitted to the university or college to apply for financial aid. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have that funds will be available.
File a FAFSA Online
- Submit only one application.
- To electronically apply and sign your FAFSA, apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov.
- To reduce possible mistakes, use the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval process.
- Enter the institutional code in the Federal School Code field.
- Review the application to ensure all answers are complete and accurate.
Step 2: You will receive various notifications
- An email notification from college/university Financial Aid office
- An email notification from the Federal Processor
Step 3: If eligible, you are awarded financial aid
If you are eligible, you will be awarded financial aid. You will receive an email notification of your financial aid award sent to your email address.
Step 4: Complete additional online requirements for your student loanIf you accepted your Federal Direct student loan, you must complete additional requirements to receive the loan.
- Complete an online entrance interview at StudentLoans.gov
- Complete an online master promissory note committing student to repay the loan. Complete the promissory note online at StudentLoans.gov
If you have been offered and accepted a Federal Perkins loan please go to signmyloan.com to complete the Federal Perkins Loan Process.
Step 5: Your financial aid refund.
CSUs and CCCs Fifteen days after the semester begins, financial aid refunds (minus tuition, fees and housing fees) will be either directly deposited or have a checked mailed to those students who have completed steps 1-4 above.
Charter Oak State College View the Charter Oak disbursement procedures (doc)
Financial Aid Resources
The College Board: College Financing Calculators
By entering such information as expected family contributions, anticipated monthly loan payments, and your current savings, you can figure out how you can pay for college.
Visit College Board
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FinAid.org: College Cost Calculators
This award-winning web site is designed to help students figure out how much money they will need to pay for college. Other calculators on the site will also be helpful to you and your parents.
- College Cost Projector
- Savings Plan Designer
- Expected Family Contribution Calculator
- Loan Calculator
College Savings Planner
Review your savings goals and model different ways to meet them. All you need to do is enter some basic information about the children you're saving for, the cost of the college they're likely to attend, and how much you've already saved.
Visit College Savings Planner
ACT: Financial Aid Need Estimator
Using this free service, you can calculate your family contribution, your eligibility for need-based aid, and the costs of attending the college you choose.