Grants and scholarships are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships are usually merit-based. Grants and scholarships can come from the federal government, your state government, your college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization. Do your research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for, and be sure to meet application deadlines!
Occasionally you might have to pay back part or all of a grant if, for example, you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period such as a semester.
**Please budget carefully and remember that the award is based on full time status. The Financial Aid office reserves the right to make adjustments to your award based on availability of funds and enrollment at any time.**
Roberta B. Willis Scholarship These funds are allocated to the college by the State of Connecticut and are awarded based upon financial need and funds available.
Housatonic Community College Grant These funds are allocated to the college by the State of Connecticut and are awarded based upon financial need and funds available.
Foundation Scholarships Each year, the Housatonic Community College Foundation awards scholarships to help students begin or continue their education and to recognize and reward outstanding academic performance. The scholarship program is made possible through the generosity and vision of individuals, corporations and foundations throughout Greater Bridgeport and beyond.
Institutional aid may only be granted to students who would be otherwise eligible for financial aid excepting their undocumented status. All students must show financial need, make satisfactory progress, and must be enrolled in a Title IV aid-eligible program to receive institutional aid.
A Notary Public must witness your signature in Part One of this form. A Notary is a person specially trained to certify affidavits and signatures. The Financial Aid Office at your school can let you know the availability of free notary services at your school. Free notary services may also be available at certain banks and libraries.
CT students without legal immigration status who are NOT Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, but meet the conditions for in-state tuition per subsection (9) of C.G.S. § 10a-29, may apply for institutional financial aid in the 2019-2020 aid year. Aid for these students may be available beginning in Spring 2020.
Only CT students without legal immigration status who are Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and who meet the conditions for in-state tuition per subsection (9) of C.G.S. § 10a-29 may apply for aid for Fall 2019 term.
Students who may be eligible for federal student aid should fill out a FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov. The results of the FAFSA will be used to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid.