College Readiness for the High School Class of 2023

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation dispersing more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds annually to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. The application opens on October 1.

Connecticut College Bound (#CTCollegeBound) is an initiative created through partnership of the Connecticut State Department of Education, the College Board, New Haven Promise, the Connecticut Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA), the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, ECMC The College Place, and the University of Connecticut.

These organizations are joining forces to host several FREE FAFSA workshops for students and their families. There will be more to come on the list below.

Financial aid professionals will be available to help students and families navigate the process of need-based federal aid. Those who sign up will receive a checklist of items that they will need to successfully complete the process. These events are open to high school students across the state.

Click here for a bilingual FAFSA CT flyer. Haga clic aquí para el folleto bilingüe de FAFSA CT.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Thurs., Oct. 13 — 6 pm — Open to all. Register here.
Tues., Oct. 18 — 6 pm — Open to all. Register here.
Wed., Oct. 26 — 6 pm — Solo en Español. Regístrese aquí.
Sat., Nov. 5 — 11 am — Open to all. Register here.
Thurs., Nov. 10 — 6 pm — Open to all. Register here.
Wed., Nov. 16 — 6 pm — Open to all. Register here.
Sat. Nov. 26 — 11 am — Open to all. Register here.
Tues., Dec. 13 — 6 pm — Solo en Español. Regístrese aquí.
Wed., Jan. 18 — 6 pm — Open to all. Register here.
Thurs., Jan. 26 — 6 pm — Open to all. Register here.

IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS*

Wed., Oct. 12 — 8 am — Only for Hill Regional Career High School Seniors.
Mon., Oct. 17 — 6 pm — Only for Glastonbury High School Seniors.
Thur., Oct. 20 — 6 pm — Only for New Haven Academy Seniors.
Sat., Oct. 22 — 10 am — Norwalk Community College (188 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT). Open to all. Register here.
Tues., Oct. 25 — 5:30 pm — Only for High School in the Community Seniors.
Wed., Nov. 2 — 4 pm — Fitch High School (101 Groton Long Point Rd, Groton, CT). Open to all. Register here.

*ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Hosting a FAFSA Workshop? Register Your FAFSA CT Workshop Here!


Financial aid professionals interested in volunteering can register HERE.

College Access Events

There will be an array of online events coming up for students who have specific interests as they relate to college-going and the associated costs, thanks to ECMC The College Place Connecticut and Quinnipiac University. Experienced professionals will be available to guide you and answer questions. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the event.

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, November 15th – CT State Universities Free Application Day

ECMC The College Place CT Events

Fri., Aug. 5 — 4:30 pm — How to make a college list
Mon., Aug. 8 — 4:30 pm — How to look at college websites
Wed., Aug. 10 — 4:30 pm — How to do the Common App
Thu., Aug. 18 — 4:30 pm — How to prep for the SAT
Fri., Aug. 19 — 4:30 pm — How to write a college essay
Tue., Aug. 23 — 4:30 pm — How to apply for financial aid
Wed., Aug. 24 — 4:30 pm — How to find scholarships
Wed., Sept. 7 — 5:00 pm — Finding the right college
Tue., Sept. 13 — 5:00 pm — Paying for college
Thu., Sept. 22 — 5:00 pm — Finding scholarships — Register here.
Mon., Sept. 26 — 5:00 pm — FAFSA demo — Register here.

For questions regarding the ECMC The College Place sessions, please contact Holly Franquet.

Quinnipiac University Events*

Wed., Oct. 19 — 6:00 pm (Virtual) — College 101: Common App Workshop — Register here.

Wed., Nov. 2 — 6:00 pm (New Haven Location TBA) — College Essay 101 Workshop — Register here.

*Seniors who attend the workshops with Quinnipiac University will receive an application fee waiver. For questions regarding the Quinnipiac University workshops, please contact Randy Ferguson.

New Haven’s College Commitment

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Opportunities abound for college-bound students in New Haven.

The Yale University-funded New Haven Promise not only helps students financially, the program leverages its benefits to increase institutional grants for recipients and it provides a link between the scholars and the business community.

New Haven Promise will be hosting sessions for potential qualifiers (which includes being a resident of the city and enrolled in a New Haven public high school). Students and parents can learn more about the process and benefits by attending one of these virtual events, one in English and one in Spanish.

In addition, the New Haven Scholarship Fund has been supporting Elm City students for six decades. There is also a wide range of other scholarships which run from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

But an anchor to all this educational opportunity is access to federal financial aid in the form of Pell Grants. If students navigate all the paperwork, it is not uncommon for New Haveners to fund more than 70 percent of their education through grants and scholarships.

To ensure this kind of assistance for students, FAFSA New Haven is committed to providing support in filing for federal aid, thus making sure that no money is left on the table.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL NEW HAVEN PROMISE WORKSHOPS

Tues., Sept. 20 — 6 pmOpen to all, English language.
Weds., Oct. 5 — 11 am Open to high school seniors, English language. Join here. 
Weds., Oct. 5 — 6 pmOpen to high school seniors, English language. Join here.
Mon., Oct. 10 — 12—2 pmHigh School Seniors Application Workshop, English and Spanish language. Register here. DO NOT USE THE “@NHPS.NET” EMAIL TO REGISTER.
Tues., Nov. 8 — 4—6 pm High School Seniors Application Workshop, English and Spanish language. Register here. DO NOT USE THE “@NHPS.NET” EMAIL TO REGISTER.

EN ESPAÑOL:

New Haven Promise, financiado por la Universidad de Yale, no solo ayuda financieramente a los estudiantes, el programa aprovecha sus beneficios para aumentar las subvenciones institucionales para los beneficiarios y proporciona un vínculo entre los académicos y la comunidad empresarial.

New Haven Promise organizará sesiones para posibles calificados (lo que incluye ser residente de la ciudad y estar inscrito en una escuela secundaria pública de New Haven). Los estudiantes y los padres pueden aprender más sobre el proceso y los beneficios asistiendo a uno de estos eventos virtuales, uno en inglés y otro en español.

Además, el Fondo de Becas de New Haven ha estado apoyando a los estudiantes de Elm City durante seis décadas. También hay una amplia gama de otras becas que se ejecutan desde la Fundación Comunitaria para Greater New Haven.

Pero un ancla para toda esta oportunidad educativa es el acceso a la ayuda financiera federal en forma de Becas Pell. Si los estudiantes navegan por todo el papeleo, no es raro que los habitantes de New Haven financien más del 70 por ciento de su educación a través de subvenciones y becas.

Para garantizar este tipo de asistencia para los estudiantes, FAFSA New Haven se compromete a brindar apoyo en la solicitud de ayuda federal, asegurándose así de que no quede dinero sobre la mesa.

PRÓXIMOS TALLERES VIRTUALES DE NEW HAVEN PROMISE

Martes, 21 de Septiembre — 6 pm Abierto a todos, virtual, En español.
Jueves, 6 de Octubre — 11 am
— Para estudiantes de último año de secundaria, En español. Únete aqui.
Jueves, 6 de Octubre — 6 pm — Para estudiantes de último año de secundaria, En español. Únete aqui.
Lunes, 10 de Octubre — 12—2 pm Taller de solicitud para estudiantes de último año de secundaria, en inglés y español. Regístrese aquí. NO UTILICE EL CORREO ELECTRÓNICO “@NHPS.NET” PARA REGISTRARSE.
Martes, 8 de Noviembre — 4—6 pm Taller de solicitud para estudiantes de último año de secundaria, en inglés y español. Regístrese aquí. NO UTILICE EL CORREO ELECTRÓNICO “@NHPS.NET” PARA REGISTRARSE.