CSCU Announces $25 million in direct payments to community college students

More than 2,400 students applied for and received $1,500 payments. The grants do not have to be repaid and can be used for any expense related to the cost of attendance.

President Terrence Cheng today announced that the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system has completed the distribution of more than $3.6 million in emergency grants to community college students. Funded with federal COVID relief money, more than 2,400 students applied for and received $1,500 payments. The grants do not have to be repaid and can be used for any expense related to the cost of attendance.

College 

Emergency Grant Applications 

Energency Grant Total 

Northwestern CT Community College 

107 

$154,500 

Tunxis Community College 

328 

$343,500 

Three Rivers Community College 

203 

$186,000 

Norwalk Community College 

98 

$463,500 

Manchester Community College 

241 

$361,500 

Quinebaug Valley Community College 

70 

$309,000 

Naugatuck Valley Community College 

405 

$607,500 

Middlesex Community College 

206 

$160,500 

Housatonic Community College 

309 

$147,000 

Asnuntuck Community College 

103 

$105,000 

Gateway Community College 

124 

$304,500 

Capital Community College 

229 

$492,000 

Total 

2423 

$3,634,500 

 

“Many of our community college students are facing difficult financial situations, which have only been exacerbated by the pandemic,” said President Cheng. “In advance of the holidays and as students register for spring semester classes, these grants are a lifeline. We truly appreciate our federal partners for looking out for students at our public colleges and universities.”

In addition, CSCU has delivered the final payment in the previously announced Student Support Program, distributing more than $21 million to all students enrolled in community colleges as of December 1, 2021. The amount of each payment varies by institution based on enrollment and Pell counts before the pandemic.

CSCU institutions received $151 million in funding of federal funding to directly support students under the Higher Education Emergency Relief program, all of which must be expended by early 2022. This includes $64 million at the Connecticut State Universities, $760,000 at Charter Oak State College, and the $86 million Student Support Program at the community colleges. The disbursements to community college students this December are the final payments under this program.

For more information

For more information, please contact Leigh Appleby, Director of Communications at 860-723-0617, applebyl@ct.edu