Graduate Students

Getting Started

How to Apply for 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 for all students

Note: Students who are admitted for the summer term will need to complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA and a 2020-2021 FAFSA.

Next Steps

  • You will receive an email at your UConn email address notifying you of your financial aid offer. Upon receipt of this email, access the Student Administration System to review and take action on your financial aid offer, and complete all steps on the Financial Aid Action page.
  • Financial aid offers will be created based on full-time enrollment (nine or more credits). If you plan to enroll as a part-time student, your financial aid may be reduced. You may report your enrollment plans in the Student Administration (when you accept your aid offer) on the Financial Aid Action Page, or you can email our office at financialaid@uconn.edu to notify us of your enrollment plans.
  • If you are a first-time Federal Direct Stafford loan borrower at UConn and you intend to accept your Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling on studentloans.gov.
  • If you are a first-time Federal Graduate PLUS Loan borrower at UConn and you intend to apply for a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, complete a Graduate PLUS Loan Application, the Graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) and the Graduate PLUS Entrance Counseling session on studentloans.gov.

Graduate Research/Full Time Status

Graduate Students who are enrolled in the following three credit GRAD Research courses are considered full-time for financial aid purposes:

  • GRAD 5960 Full-Time Master’s Research
    Three credits per semester, no other courses may be taken concurrently; cannot hold a graduate assistantship.
  • GRAD 6960 Full-Time Doctoral Research
    Three credits per semester, no other courses may be taken concurrently; cannot hold a graduate assistantship.
  • GRAD 5930 Full-Time Directed Studies (Master’s Level)
    Three credits per semester, no other courses may be taken concurrently.
  • GRAD 6930 Full-Time Directed Studies (Doctoral Level)
    Three credits per semester, no other courses may be taken concurrently.

The full course descriptions are available in the Graduate Catalog.

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

Loans

Graduate students who apply for financial aid are considered for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. They may also apply for a Federal Direct (Graduate) PLUS Loan or Private Education Loan. More information about these loans is available in the Loans for Graduates section.

TEACH Grants

TEACH Grants at the University of Connecticut are available to high-achieving graduate students in selected high-need teacher preparation programs within the NEAG School of Education. Navigate to the Grants section to get more information about the TEACH Grant program.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is awarded to students as part of their financial aid package. Work-Study is a program that allows students to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.
For more information about Federal Work Study, navigate to the Student Employment section.

Academic Merit Awards

The UConn Graduate School administers financial aid awards based on academic merit for graduate students. Awards based on merit include:

• Graduate Assistantships (for teaching or research)
• University Predoctoral Fellowships
• Dissertation Fellowships and Summer Fellowships

Additional information is available on the Graduate School website.

Scholarships

The primary source of information about scholarship programs is the school, college or department in which students are enrolled or plan to enroll.

More information about scholarships is available on the Other Types of Aid page.