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Prospective Students

Fall Open House Resource Documents

  • The Presentation from the Fall 2016 Open House can be found here.

Information Fair

Additional Resources


First Steps in the Financial Aid Process

Knowledge of the financial aid process—especially meeting deadlines—is essential to cover the cost of your college education.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Search for Scholarships

  • Start your scholarship search as soon as possible. Do not wait until you apply for admission or are admitted.

Students are encouraged to contact local civic organizations, religious affiliations, high school guidance offices, and libraries for possible scholarship opportunities.

Contact your state department of higher education for information regarding state scholarships and grants.

Additional information is available at financialaid.uconn.edu/scholarships.

Helpful Hint

Some scholarship search groups charge a fee for services. Before paying a fee, remember that you can usually find everything you need online for free.

Apply for Admission to UConn

  • UConn has a need-blind admission policy. The financial aid application is independent from the admission application process. Please complete the financial aid and admission application processes separately.

Helpful Hint

If you are planning to apply for financial aid, it is imperative that you provide a valid Social Security number during the admission process. This will help to ensure the timely processing of your financial aid.

Prepare to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Begin collecting the documents needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including income tax returns and W-2 forms (and other records of income). A full list of what you need is available at fafsa.ed.gov. For Spanish- speaking families, access the site and select Español.
  • Students, as well as parents of dependent students, must have a FSA user ID in order to sign the FAFSA electronically. Go to fsaid.ed.gov to apply for a FSA user ID for you and/or your parent.

Helpful Hint

Establish a financial aid folder for yourself and stay organized.

The FAFSA

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a required document used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal, state, and University aid, such as Pell grants, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Work- Study, etc. The FAFSA is the only financial aid application required by UConn.

The FAFSA asks questions about you and your family’s income and financial resources to determine your Expected Family Contribution. Most of the information you need to complete the FAFSA is on the income tax return, if one is filed.

Importing your tax information directly from the IRS reduces errors and lowers your chances of being selected to verify the information on your FAFSA. If utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, be sure to complete the process by transferring the information into your FAFSA. More information is available at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources/irs-drt-text

October 2016 – February 2017

  • Students entering in the upcoming academic year should complete the FAFSA on the web at fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible after October 1.

Do not wait for your admissions acceptance notification before you apply for financial aid. On the FAFSA, list the schools to which you are applying. You will not be awarded financial aid from a college or university until you are admitted.

To be considered on-time at UConn, you must submit your FAFSA by March 1. The awarding of most forms of financial assistance is reserved for applications received and logged in by the federal processor on or before this on-time application deadline. Please note that all awards are based upon fund availability.

On Step 6 of the FAFSA, regardless of the UConn campus you will attend, list the University of Connecticut and Federal School Code 001417. Record the college address as 233 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, CT.

Complete and file only one FAFSA per student, although the results may be sent to several schools.

Using FAFSA on the web is faster and easier than using paper. However, if you don’t have Internet access you can get a paper FAFSA from the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243); contact this number with any general questions regarding the FAFSA.

MARCH 2017

  • Review and correct, if necessary, the Student Aid Report (SAR), which contains the results from your FAFSA.
  • To be eligible for federal, state, and institutional need-based aid, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. Details are available at http://financialaid.uconn.edu/terms-and-conditions.
  • Access the Student Administration System (SA System) to review your financial aid, accept your awards, and complete all steps on the Financial Aid Action page. Be sure to print a copy of the page for your records.
Awards for newly entering undergraduates are based on your FAFSA information, but are considered “estimates” until the federal verification process is completed (if required). Additional information on verification is available at financialaid.uconn.edu/verification. Submit all requested documentation. Visit financialaid.uconn.edu/guidelines for more information.

April 2017

  • Pay the $300 admissions deposit via the SA System by May 1.

Helpful Hint

  • Watch your email! Communications regarding your financial aid will be sent to you at your personal email address.
  • The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet will help you to compare award packages and net costs from different schools. Details about the Shopping Sheet are available at web9.uits.uconn.edu/faid/shopping_sheet.
  • Identify your parents as designees via the Online FERPA Privacy Waiver in the SA System so that our Office may speak with them about your financial aid package.
  • Be sure your name and Student ID are on all documents submitted to UConn.
  • Please notify the Office of Student Financial Aid Services of any scholarships you are receiving. Your financial aid package may be adjusted as a result of these awards.

Types of Financial Aid

Merit-based aid is awarded to students with a record of high academic achievement and leadership. Merit-based aid is also awarded to students with exceptional talents, such as music or athletics.

Need-based aid is awarded to students based on financial need, as determined utilizing the formula (see right-hand column).

Gift aid includes grants and scholarships. These funds do not require repayment.

Self-help aid includes loans and work-study. These types of aid require students to repay the money with interest or to work part-time.

How Financial Aid is Determined

Your Cost of Attendance (COA) includes all of the costs related to attending college – tuition, fees, living expenses, transportation, books, and supplies. It does not represent the amount for which you will be billed. Details are available at financialaid.uconn.edu/cost.

The information you report on your FAFSA is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.

Cost of Attendance (COA)
– Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
= Your Financial Need

Your financial need is calculated by subtracting your EFC from your COA. Your financial need sets the maximum amount you can receive in need-based student aid. Generally, a higher cost of attendance and lower expected family contribution will increase your chances of qualifying for need-based aid.