College Readiness for the High School Class of 2022

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 Oct. 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 and the University of Connecticut.

These organizations are joining forces to host several FREE Virtual 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.

Wed., Oct. 13 — 6:30 pm — Open to all, virtual. (Event completed)
Thurs., Oct. 21 — 6:30 pm — Open to all, virtual. (Event completed)
Sat., Nov. 6 — 11 am — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
Tues., Nov. 9 — 6:30 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
Wed., Nov. 17 — 6:30 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
Tues., Dec. 14 — 6 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.

Sat., Oct. 16 — 10 am — At Norwalk CC East Campus (Event completed)
Sun., Oct. 24 — 1 pm — At Windsor High School (Event completed)
Sat., Oct. 30 — 9 am — At Platt High School in Meriden (Click to register). Questions? Contact Lauren Powers
Sat., Nov. 6 — 9 am — At Bristol Central High (Click to register). Questions? Contact Shawn Mirmina
Mon., Dec. 6 — 4 pm — At Stamford Government Center (Click to register). Questions? Contact Rebecca Wilson

Hosting a FAFSA Workshop? Register Your In-Person FAFSA CT Workshop Here!

Financial aid professionals interested in volunteering for these events can register by clicking here.

College Access Events

There are some great online events coming up for students who have specific interests as they relate to college going and the associated costs, thanks to The College Place 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. 

Thurs., Oct. 14 — 5 pm — Net Price Calculators: How much will college cost me? (Event completed)
Mon., Oct. 18 — 5 pm — Finding scholarships (Event completed)
Tues., Oct. 26 — 5 pm — FAFSA: Your questions answered! (Click to register)
Thurs., Oct. 28 — 5 pm — After the FAFSA: What happens next? (Click to register)
Mon., Nov. 8 — College Application 101 (Click to register). Questions? Contact Randy Ferguson
Tues., Nov. 16 — College Essay Writing Workshop (Click to register). Questions? 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.


Wed., Nov. 3 — 6 pmOpen to all, virtual, English language. Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual workshop.
Thurs., Nov. 4 — 6 pmAbierto a todos, virtual, En español. Regístrese aquí. Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse al taller virtual.

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.