FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation dispersing more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds annually to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. The application opens on Oct. 1.
Connecticut College Bound (#CTCollegeBound) is an initiative created through partnership of the Connecticut State Department of Education, the College Board, New Haven Promise, the Connecticut Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA), the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities and the University of Connecticut.
These organizations are joining forces to host several FREE Virtual FAFSA workshops for students and their families. There will be more to come on the list below
Financial aid professionals will be available to help students and families navigate the process of need-based federal aid. Those who sign up will receive a checklist of items that they will need to successfully complete the process. These events are open to high school students across the state.
Wed., Oct. 13 — 6:30 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
Thurs., Oct. 21 — 6:30 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
Sat., Nov. 6 — 11 am — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
Tues., Nov. 9 — 6:30 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
Wed., Nov. 17 — 6:30 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
Tues., Dec. 14 — 6 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
New Haven Promise will be hosting sessions for potential qualifiers (which includes being a resident of the city and enrolled in a New Haven public high school). Students and parents can learn more about the process and benefits by attending one of these virtual events, three each in English and Spanish. The application, in alignment with FAFSA, opens on Oct. 1.
NEW HAVEN PROMISE WORKSHOPS
Mon., Sept. 20 — 6 pm — Open to all, virtual, English language (Click for link)
Tues., Sept. 21 — 6 pm — Abierto a todos, virtual, En español (Click for link)
Tues., Oct. 5 — 11 am — For seniors & parents, virtual, English language
Tues., Oct. 5 — 6 pm — For seniors & parents, virtual, English language
Wed., Oct. 6 — 11 am — Para estudiantes de ultimo ano de secundaria y padres, virtual, En español
Wed., Oct. 6 — 6 pm — Para estudiantes de ultimo ano de secundaria y padres, virtual, En español
Two other features have been added for students struggling to find an appropriate college essay topic or looking for the inside scoop from admission counselors who have pored through thousands of essays and applications. Quinnipiac University, alongside New Haven Promise, will be hosting a virtual College Application 101 and a College Essay Workshop, which will equip students with the tips and tricks to writing a captivating college essay. This event is open to all students seeking advice in the essay writing process, but you must register before attending. Once you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the event. Any questions about these workshops can be directed to Randy Ferguson (email@example.com),
Mon., Nov. 8 — College Application 101 in partnership with Quinnipiac University.
Tues., Nov. 16 — College Essay Writing Workshop in partnership with Quinnipiac University.