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Scholarships/Grants are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships tend to be merit-based. Grants and scholarships can come from the federal government, the state government, a 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’s funds if, for example, you withdraw from the college before finishing an enrollment period.

State Scholarships


The Community College Grant is allocated to the college by the State of Connecticut and is awarded based upon financial need and funds available.