Financing College

Whatever your educational plans, your best source of information and advice about financial aid is with the college or post-secondary school that you plan to attend. As you apply for admissions, be sure to contact the school's financial aid director and apply for financial aid. To explore programs on your own, start with the most popular websites listed below. For answers to questions about any of these sources, contact the Education & Employment Information Center, a statewide clearinghouse on learning and career opportunities operated by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. Remember: Searching online is a great start, but be care to visit only reputable websites!


Resources from the Virtual Financial Aid Night


Connecticut Student Aid Resources

Office of Higher Education: CT Department of Higher Education's site outlining sources of federal aid to Connecticut students.

CHESLA: Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority


Federal Student Aid Resources

  • Federal Student AidThe US Department of Education's website that offers ways to receive money from higher education. Topics include Prepare for College, Types of Aid, Who Gets Aid, the FAFSA and How to Repay your Loans.
  • FAFSA Checklist (
  • College Scholarship Service (CSS) is the financial aid division of the College Board and is used by select private schools as a method of applying for financial aid. 
  • is a free web guide to all United States Government Grants and Loans benefiting Students. Explore the over 240 federal government programs.
  • The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program at forgives the remaining balance under a qualifying repayment plan. 
  • FAFSA: The office of the FAFSA provides grants, loans and work-study funds for college or career school. 

Financial Resources from SCSU Financial Literacy


PACT Funding

Free Community College in Connecticut
PACT funding covers the gap between federal and state grants you receive, and community college tuition and mandatory fees. To receive PACT funding, apply, register for classes (12+ credits), and fill out the FAFSA. Entry into the program will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Find out more at the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) website


Types of Federal Student Aid

FAFSA Overview

For additional information on the College application or Financial Aid process, visit the Senior Information page and/or visit with your Guidance Counselor at any time to answer any questions, get advice and to share your exciting college decision with them!