Financial Aid

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


Apply online using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
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Types of Financial Aid

  • Scholarships
    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.
  • Grants
    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


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.
Veteran Services

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
  • 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 loan

If you accepted your Federal Direct student loan, you must complete additional requirements to receive the loan.
  • Complete an online entrance interview at
  • Complete an online master promissory note committing student to repay the loan. Complete the promissory note online at

If you have been offered and accepted a Federal Perkins loan please go to 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 Services Website Telephone / E-mail Address Fax Federal (Title IV) School Code
Central Connecticut State University 860.832.2200
860.832.3330 001378
Eastern Connecticut State University 860.465.5205
860.465.2811 001425
Southern Connecticut State University 203.392.5222
203.392.5229 001406
Western Connecticut State University 203.837.8580
203.837.8528 001380
Charter Oak State College 860.515.3703
860.760.6540 032343
Asnuntuck Community College 860.253.3030
860.253.3029 011150
Capital Community College 860.906.5090
860.906.5092 007635
Gateway Community College 203.285.2030
203.285.2036 006981
Housatonic Community College 203.332.5047
203.332.5253 004513
Manchester Community College 860.512.3380
860.512.3381 001392
Middlesex Community College 860.343.5741
860.344.3014 008038
Naugatuck Valley Community College 203.575.8274
203.575.8157 006982
Northwestern CT Community College 860.738.6326
860.738.6437 001398
Norwalk Community College 203.857.7023
203.857.7310 001399
Quinebaug Valley Community College 860.774.1130
860.774.3952 001399
Three Rivers Community College 860.383.5284
860.892.5753 009765
Tunxis Community College 860.255.3510
860.676.8906 009764

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.
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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.
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