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Connecticut's Program forFree Community College

PACT is "last-dollar" funding, meaning it covers the gap between the federal and state grants you receive (Pell and Roberta Willis grants), and the cost of attending community college (tuition and mandatory fees). In order to receive PACT funding, go through the normal process of applying, registering, and filling out the FAFSA. PACT will launch in early 2020, to support students entering the Fall 2020 semester. Complete the FAFSA by July 15, 2020 to become PACT eligible.

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To Qualify, Meet All Requirements:

  • Be a Connecticut High School Graduate
    GED and home schooled students qualify
  • Be a first-time college student
  • Fill out
    FAFSAFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to package federal, state and often institutional aid
    and accept all awards
    Start the FAFSA application online
  • Attend community college full-time (12+ credits/semester)
    Apply and register at your college of choice by July 15, 2020 for priority consideration
  • Participate in a degree or credit-bearing certificate program
  • Once Enrolled, remain in good academic standing

Get Started

  • Select a College
    12 convenient locations and hundreds of areas of study
  • Apply Online
    Apply online at your selected college
  • Fill out
    FAFSAFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to package federal, state and often institutional aid
    Complete the FAFSA application online and accept all grants
  • Register before July 15
    to receive priority consideration, register for 12+ credits before July 15
  • Good academic standing
    Once Enrolled, remain in good academic standing

Why PACT?

PACT is our Pledge to Advance Connecticut through a unified, consistent community college system that is accessible, inclusive, and affordable-while maintaining excellence in education. We invite Connecticut residents to gain a degree or certificate towards reaching full potential, and creating a future filled with opportunity and achievement. An investment in education pays off not only for individuals, but for our state as a whole.

PACT is our pledge to support the state's advancement - with productive citizens and skilled workers who can fill the many jobs developed by our innovative business community. PACT is our pledge to advance the unity of our communities, working together to ensure Connecticut maintains its competitive edge; holding high standards and strengthening its entrepreneurial, innovative, and inventive spirit.