Can I afford the college of my choice?

Most financial aid is based on the financial "need" of each individual student. Financial "need" is the difference between the cost of education and a student's/family's ability to contribute toward meeting that cost. Because the expected family contribution is based on a national financial aid formula, the amount of that contribution will be similar at each college and university to which you apply. Consequently, the amount of financial aid you may be eligible for will vary from college to college, based primarily on the total cost of education at each institution. Keep in my, however, the college may not meet 100% of your "need." The amount of financial aid you receive is contingent upon the college's awarding practices and the availability of funds.

What are some sources of financial aid?

Students receive financial aid from a remarkable array of sources. You may apply for assistance from the federal and state governments, civic or church groups, your employer, your parent's employer or union, professional organizations, and the colleges and universities themselves.

Click on Financial Aid Programs to learn about the major state and federal aid programs available to Connecticut students. This information is as up-to-date as possible, but programs are subject to change. You can also check on the latest program information and learn more about financial aid from a college or university financial aid officer or from your high school guidance counselor.

Why study in Connecticut?

Our central location in New England and the wide array of cultural opportunities available here, make Connecticut a unique place to study, learn, and grow.

Connecticut is one of the most beautiful parts of New England, with green hills and sunny valleys lying between the State's refreshing coastline, exciting cities and vast outdoor recreation areas. In addition to these natural resources, Connecticut boasts numerous educational and cultural attractions, including over 50 museums, some 400 libraries, and a variety of theatrical and musical offerings. There are also a wide array of social activities and recreational sports to enjoy.

In Connecticut, private corporations and independent higher education work closely together to broaden learning experiences for students.

If you are interested in gaining the competitive edge toward a successful career, Connecticut's independent colleges and universities offer a rich array of widely respected professional programs. You'll find challenging classes that are led by experienced faculty who share their real-world experiences in many fields of study. Attractive internship opportunities and paid cooperative placements at Connecticut businesses and corporations are often available to selected students.

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