Grants are gift aid from federal, state, or university sources. They are awarded to students on the basis of need, and they do not need to be repaid. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grant awards. Below is a listing of grants offered at the University of Connecticut.
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants are offered to eligible students with exceptional financial need who are pursuing their first undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree. These funds do not require repayment. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to determine eligibility. Financial need for a Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – a figure calculated using data entered on the FAFSA and a standard formula.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are offered to eligible full-time undergraduates with exceptional financial need (typically Federal Pell Grant recipients) whose FAFSA has been received by the federal processor on or before UConn’s on-time deadline. They do not require repayment. These funds are limited and are awarded on the basis of financial need and fund availability to students pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (IASG)
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (IASG) may be offered to students whose parent or legal guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/2001. Students with these circumstances are eligible to receive this grant if they are under 24 years of age or were enrolled in a postsecondary program when their parent/guardian passed away and meet the following criteria:
- Student is not eligible for Pell Grant based on their EFC
- Student does not have a Bachelor’s Degree
- Has the Comment Code #298 on their Student Aid Report
Students must complete a FAFSA each year to determine eligibility. These funds do not require payment.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants at the University of Connecticut are available to high-achieving Junior-level, Senior-level, and graduate students in selected high-need teacher preparation programs within the Neag School of Education (see “Learn More” link below). Students receiving the TEACH Grant must agree to satisfy the Agreement to Serve (ATS) criteria which includes teaching full-time for at least four years within eight years of completing their program at a Title I school serving low-income students in a specified subject area (mathematics, science, a foreign language, bilingual education, special education, as a reading specialist, and other “high-need” fields). If the service agreement is not met, the grant must be repaid as an unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan, with interest from the date(s) of first disbursement.
Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (Formerly known as Governor’s Scholarship Program )
There are two different award programs associated with the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program: (Need Merit) and CT Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Grant (Need). The CT Office of Higher Education selects the recipients for the CT Roberta B. Willis Scholarship (Need-Merit). If you are identified as a recipient, this award will be reflected on your University fee bill as the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship. Our office is typically notified of selected recipients in late July for the upcoming academic year.
The University of Connecticut awards the CT Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Grant (Need) to eligible full time, in-state undergraduate students pursuing their first undergraduate degree whose FAFSA has been received by the federal processor on or before the priority deadline. These funds are limited and are awarded on the basis of financial need and fund availability. They do not require repayment and may be used for educational expenses, specifically tuition, fees, and up to $1,200 for books and supplies. These funds may initially be awarded as a University Grant as part of your financial aid award. If part of your University Grant award is funded by the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Grant (Need), then your financial aid award may be adjusted during the fall/spring semesters, and all or a portion of your University Grant may be replaced with the Roberta B. Willis Grant, as reflected on your University fee bill.
For more information about the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program, please visit https://www.ctohe.org/SFA/sfa.shtml#Governor
University Grants are offered to full-time undergraduate students pursuing their first undergraduate degree whose FAFSA has been received by the federal processor on or before the on-time deadline. These funds are limited and are awarded on the basis of financial need and fund availability. They do not require repayment and may be used for any educational expense providing that UConn tuition is charged. Note: Connecticut state statutes require UConn and the other public institutions of higher education to set aside a portion of tuition revenue to provide financial aid to Connecticut residents who qualify for need-based financial aid. UConn, like all the other public universities and colleges in Connecticut, sets aside no less than 15% of tuition revenue for this purpose. Funds from anticipated tuition revenue are set aside to provide tuition waivers, grants for educational expenses and student employment for any in-state full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate matriculated student in a degree-granting program who demonstrates substantial financial need, and a certain additional amount may be set aside from such anticipated tuition revenue for financial assistance for students who would not otherwise be eligible for financial assistance, but who do have a financial need as determined by such institution.