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Types of Aid

Scholarships and Grants

We realize that financing your education is expensive. With that in mind, we are committed to helping you find the resources necessary to complete your education, regardless of your personal financial situation.

We know you’ve worked hard and we’re happy to acknowledge your many academic and athletic achievements. We also evaluate financial applications for need-based grant eligibility. Your financial aid award notification may include a variety of gift aid from various sources.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming students through the Office of Admissions. The university offers scholarships to incoming students automatically with no separate forms to complete. A scholarship reduces the out-of-pocket cost to attend the school and therefore, does not need to be repaid. Students are notified of their scholarship in their letter of acceptance. The amount of the scholarship remains the same each year, provided eligibility requirements are met.

All merit scholarships are awarded by the admissions office and are not available to students who do not receive them in their initial year.

Students who drop below full-time, or fail to meet the minimum cumulative grade point average, will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid if their merit scholarship will be discontinued.

Students who lose their merit scholarship can appeal this decision and may be re-evaluated after an additional semester to have their merit scholarship reinstated.

View the full policy


Grants are need-based and considered “gift aid.” Repayment is not required.

Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to research outside scholarship opportunities that may include private sources such as your high school, local businesses, civic groups, national companies, church groups, charitable foundations, associations, etc. Below are links to free search engines to help you navigate the outside scholarship application process.

Scholarship Searches

Access Scholarships
A search engine hub for many scholarships across the board.


Finaid scholarships
A free, comprehensive website for students seeking outside scholarship assistance


FASTWEB, the nation's largest free scholarship search engine


Scholarship America
Browse a free library of scholarships

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Accredited Schools Online
Various scholarships open to all students across a variety of majors.

Amazon Future Engineer
The Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program assists high school seniors who have completed a computer science course and plan to continue their education by attaining a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer science related field of study from an accredited 4-year college or university.

American Eagle Credit Union
Various free scholarship resources

Earnest Scholarship Fund
To give back to the community, Earnest launched a scholarship fund that will help 50 students take on less debt. The Earnest Scholarship Fund awards $5,000 to 50 deserving students. There are no essays to write and no fees, to ensure every student has the opportunity to enter the scholarship. There are no minimum GPA, residency, or major requirements. Applicants can be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (including DACA students).

Healy Foundation
Students entering junior or senior year at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States, a GPA above 3.0, and existing financial need combined with unexpected hardship

Hispanic Fund
Open to all students with a focus on those of Hispanic backgrounds

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Two types of scholarships: One for high school seniors going into college and the other for college transfer students

Sallie Mae & Thurgood Marshall Fund
Open to minority students and those from marginalized or underserved communities, including Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, low income, first generation, and students from rural communities, among others. You do not need to have a Sally Mae loan or be a customer of theirs to be eligible.

UNICO Foundation Scholarship Program
For US citizens of Italian decent who reside in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from one of the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Wisconsin. (Exception: The Maria and Paolo Alessio Southern Italy Scholarship is open to applicants from all 50 states.​)

United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF)
UNCF offers various scholarships open to all students across a variety of majors.

Regional Scholarships

American Association of University Women, Shoreline Branch
Open to local women who have completed at least 60 college credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

American Savings Foundation
For Connecticut residents

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
For students attending college in the greater Hartford area and beyond

Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA)
Connecticut residents with an EFC of $6,000 or less, enrolled and attending an eligible Connecticut state or non-profit, degree granting institution of higher education.

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
For students who live in Connecticut or Rhode Island.

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Various scholarships to apply for students from the Greater New Haven area.

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Various scholarships to apply for local public high school seniors from Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. A small number are awarded to graduating seniors from Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield.

Connecticut Community Foundation
Various scholarships to apply for. Students must be from Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills, CT.

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford
Scholarship for Jewish students currently residing in the Greater Hartford area.

Main Street Community Foundation
The majority of scholarships require you to be a resident of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington or Wolcott, Connecticut or require that you are attending a high school in one of those towns. However, there are a few scholarships that do not, so please read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying.

New Haven Promise
For students who attended New Haven Public Schools.

SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Students who are full-time residents of Hartford, Tolland, or Windham Counties.

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