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Applying for Financial Aid
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each year that they attend and wish to be considered for aid.
- FAFSA application is available on October 1st each year
- UConn School Code: 001417
- On-time Deadline is February 15th
The Department of Education provides information regarding what happens after a student has submitted their FAFSA. View the After the FAFSA video to learn more.
In some cases, undocumented students may be eligible to receive some form of institutional aid. For more information about aid for undocumented students, navigate to the Undocumented Student section.
After Submitting FAFSA
Once a student has been accepted into UConn and the Office of Student Financial Aid Services (OSFAS) has received their FAFSA data, we will begin creating the student’s financial aid offer for the 2020-2021 academic year.
In mid to late March, students will receive an email communication from our office that will direct them to access the UConn Student Administration System. Here, students can:
- Identify if there is any required documentation needed to finalize their financial aid offer
- View their financial aid offer
- Accept, reduce or decline their Financial Aid Offer (watch a “How To” video to learn more)
- View their Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
- Is designed to help students assess their total cost of attending UConn using a simplified format, listing their financial aid offer and net costs
- Is a tool whereby prospective undergraduate students are provided a clear, direct comparison between participating schools as they make a college choice
Students will be able to access the Shopping Sheet in the Student Administration System after they have been awarded aid for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Federal Aid Eligibility
Eligibility Requirements and Terms and Conditions
In order to be considered for financial assistance at the University of Connecticut, students must meet certain eligibility requirements. Please see the full list of eligibility requirements and Terms and Conditions.
Types of Aid
Undergraduate students who apply for financial aid are considered for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. They (or their parent) may also be eligible to apply for a Federal Direct (Parent) PLUS Loan or Private Education Loan.
More information is available in the Loans for Undergraduates section.
Undergraduate students who apply for financial aid may be considered for different types of federal and institutional grants.
More information is available in the Grants section of the website.
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study is awarded to students as part of their financial aid offer. Work-Study is a program that allows students to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.
More information is available in the Other Types of Aid: Federal Work Study section.
Scholarships are merit-based or need-based monetary awards that may range from paying a portion of tuition to fully funding the costs associated with a student’s college education.
More information about scholarships is available in the Other Types of Aid: Scholarships section.
The primary source of information about scholarship programs is the school, college or department in which a student is enrolled or plans to enroll.
More information is available in the Other Types of Aid: Scholarships section.
UConn is committed to keeping a top-notch education accessible and affordable for Connecticut students.
Beginning with new undergraduate students for the fall 2020 term, Connecticut Commitment promises free tuition for up to four years (eight terms) of full-time undergraduate study for entering freshmen from qualifying families with household incomes of $50,000 or less, and free tuition for up to two years (four terms) of full-time undergraduate study for entering transfer students with household incomes of $50,000 or less.
Automatic consideration is given to every freshman and transfer applicant who:
- Is a Connecticut resident
- Is accepted to a University of Connecticut campus beginning fall 2020
- Has a household income of $50,000 or less
- Completes the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the Institutional Financial Aid Application for Students without Legal Immigration Status by the on-time deadline of February 15
For detailed terms and conditions, please visit our FAQs.