Grants are awarded annually to undergraduate students and do not need to be repaid. You will be awarded through the admission and financial aid processes. Please complete your FAFSA early as many of these awards have limited funding.
You may be eligible for University, Federal and/or State grants.
We suggest that you research outside sources for additional assistance. If you receive an outside scholarship, please notify the Financial Aid Office either by the return of your Award Letter or in writing.
Assistantship and fellowship opportunities are available on a limited basis to graduate students. You should speak with the department chair for information.
Undergraduate Grant Options
University Grants are based upon need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. They are available to full-time students. Amounts of the award vary each academic year as they coincide with the results of the FAFSA and availability of funds. Recipients meeting the FAFSA filing deadline will be considered for maximum eligibility.
Family Grants are available to full-time undergraduate students with a sibling, parent, or spouse also attending the undergraduate program as a full-time student. Renewability is based upon maintaining full-time status, appropriate grade point average as determined by your school, and maintained full-time status by your family member.
Family Grants cannot be combined with other non-need based awards. Recipients must be ineligible to receive another third party tuition assistance award. If award is based upon sibling enrollment, the sibling must be dependent upon the same parent as the recipient. The recipient and their family member must not have earned a prior baccalaureate degree. Awards are half of tuition for a family member. Family member recipient is at the discretion of the University.
Family Grant Program Guidelines
- Must be enrolled as a full-time, matriculated, undergraduate student
- Must be assessed full-time undergraduate tuition charges
- Must be enrolled during the fall and/or spring terms
- Is ineligible for payment from a third-party source (e.g., employer tuition remission)
- Must be of the same household and, if siblings, be dependent upon the same parent(s)
- Must not have previously earned a baccalaureate degree
- The University reserves the right to choose the family member to whom the grant will apply. The University also reserves the right to request a signed copy of the student's and/or parents' U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
- This grant is renewable provided the recipient maintains full-time status and meets the satisfactory academic progress requirements as defined by the student's school or college of the University, and the other family member maintains full-time undergraduate status at the University. The Family Grant may not be combined with any other non need-based scholarships or grants
Pell Grants are based upon need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. They are available to students enrolled in at least 3 credits each semester. Amounts of the award vary each semester as they coincide with the results of the FAFSA and credit load. Recipients must also maintain academic progress as determined by their school.
If there is a change to a student’s EFC, as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Pell Grant amount will be adjusted. Pell Grants are based on your enrollment as of the University’s Enrollment Census date, each semester. This date is available on the Academic Calendar, maintained on the University Registrar’s website. If your enrollment on that date is different than the enrollment level on which your grant was awarded, it will be adjusted.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are based upon need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. They are available to some full-time Pell Grant recipients based on availability of funding. Amounts of the award vary each academic year as they coincide with the results of the FAFSA. Recipients must also maintain academic progress as determined by their school.
Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program
The Roberta B. Willis Scholarship is based upon need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. They are available to Connecticut residents. Amounts of the award vary each semester as they coincide with the results of the FAFSA. Recipients must also maintain academic progress as determined by their school.
Some states award grants that can be taken to schools attended out-of-state. Check with your state of residency’s website for details about deadlines and application materials.
American Savings Foundation
(64 CT towns, does not include Hartford)
CT Governor’s Need-Merit Scholarship
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Savings Bank of Manchester Scholarships
Connecticut Community Foundation (for students from the Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills region)
Learn more about Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov.
It's never too early to start looking for general scholarships and grants offered outside the University. Here are a few quick links to get you started in your search.