Connecticut Financial Aid
Everybody has heard that one of the most prestigious and well-known universities in the country, Yale University, make its home in the state of Connecticut. Although this is a great school to attend, there are over 100 other trade schools, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities in Connecticut, all providing a great education to their students. Regardless of which college in Connecticut a student chooses to attend, there is financial aid available to help them fund their college tuition.
Connecticut Scholarships and Grants
The Connecticut Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is a state organization with a variety of services geared towards students of children attending a postsecondary school and their parents. For more information and to learn how to apply for these financial aid opportunities, check out the CDHE website. Here is a list of scholarships and grants offered by the CDHE:
- Capitol Scholarship: A Connecticut high school student in the top 20 percentile of their class, who earned a minimum combined SAT score of 1800 and a minimum ACT score of 27 are eligible for this scholarship.
- Connecticut Minority Teacher Incentive/Weisman Teacher Scholarship: Both scholarships are for full-time college junior or senior African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian-American or Native-American heritage. Additional requirements include being nominated by an Education Dean and obtaining a teaching job at a Connecticut public school within 16 months after graduation.
- Connecticut Aid for Public College Students: All Connecticut students attending a Connecticut public college or university are eligible to receive this form of aid. This is meant to supplement the tuition portion that federal grants and scholarships are unable to cover.
- Connecticut Independent College Student Grant Program: Students who receive aid from this grant program are deemed eligible after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Scholarships from Connecticut Colleges and Universities
Often, Connecticut colleges and universities will offer scholarships to students who graduated from Connecticut high schools. These scholarships may be granted based on financial need, merit, special talents, sports abilities, ethnicity, department, a combination or more. For example, the Pettinico Family Scholarship offered through the Central Connecticut State University is open only to high school seniors graduating from Wolcott High School who have a combined SAT score of 1150 or higher and rank as one of the top 25 students.
Additionally, the following colleges and universities offer exclusive scholarships and grants:
Cities in Connecticut with a greater number of colleges may have more scholarship, grant and other forms of financial aid opportunities available to its students.The five cities in the Connecticut with the most colleges and universities are Bridgeport, Hamden, Hartford, New Haven and Norwalk.
Other Scholarships in Connecticut
- Big Y Scholarship: Open to residents of Connecticut and Massachusetts, this scholarship provides awards between the amounts of $500 and $2,000 to up to 300 undergraduate and graduate students per year.
- Fairfield County Community Foundation: Offers close to 50 scholarships based on varying criteria to the Fairfield, Connecticut county community.
- James L. and Genevieve H. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to Connecticut undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a silviculture or forest resource management degree. Award amounts vary between $1,000 and $5,000.
- Professional Women in Construction: Open to all students attending a 2-year or 4-year Connecticut college, pursuing a degree in construction management, architecture, civil, mechanical, structural or electrical engineering.
- The Portuguese Foundation of Connecticut: Four students per year who demonstrate academic merit and are of Portuguese descent receive this award.
- Connecticut State Troopers Memorial Scholarship Fund: For children of Connecticut State Police Officers who died in the line of duty.
- Connecticut Associate of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) Competitive Scholarship: Any Connecticut resident who is of Latino heritage is eligible for this $1,000 scholarship.
Connecticut Student Loans
The CHESLA Loan Program is a low-fixed rate student loan program offered to Connecticut student to help cover the costs of tuition after they have exhausted all of their financial aid opportunities. In addition to this, students may also check to see which student loans are offered at each college in Connecticut at the Student Loan Network.