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Scholarship Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as Pell grants, student loans, and college work-study. In addition, most states and schools use FAFSA information to award their financial aid.

Connecticut Community Foundation also uses FAFSA as part of its review process for most funds. We suggest that you begin looking into FAFSA as early as possible if you intend to apply for scholarships.

College Goal Sunday

College Goal Sunday is a free program/event that helps students and families complete the FAFSA, which is required to apply for financial assistance for higher education. College Goal Sunday Connecticut is held at numerous convenient locations across the state.    

U.S. Department of Education and Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. 

Your High School Guidance Office

One of the best resources for finding local scholarships is the guidance office at your high school. Consult your guidance/career counselor for more information.

Searching for Other Scholarships on the Internet (from studentaid.ed.gov) 

There are thousands of scholarships, from all kinds of organizations, and they’re not hard to find. You might be able to get a scholarship for being a good student, a great basketball player, or a member of a certain church, or because your parent works for a particular company, or for some other reason. Find out more about finding and applying for scholarships. You’ll also want to be careful and avoid scholarship scams.


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