Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships are usually merit-based. Grants and scholarships can come from the federal government, your state government, your college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization. Do your research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for, and be sure to meet application deadlines! 

Occasionally you might have to pay back part or all of a grant if, for example, you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period such as a semester.

State Scholarships

Capitol Scholarship

This scholarship program is available to qualified students who are residents of Connecticut and who plan to enroll as full-time students in an institution of higher education in Connecticut or in a state where there is reciprocity. Further information is included on the application form that should be obtained from the secondary school attended by the applicant or by visiting the Connecticut Department of Higher Education website at www.ctdhe.org.

Governor’s Scholarship

These funds are allocated to the college by the State of Connecticut and are awarded based upon financial need and funds available. 

Community College Grant

These funds are allocated to the college by the State of Connecticut and are awarded based upon financial need and funds available.

Foundation Scholarships

Each year, the Gateway Community College Foundation awards scholarships to help students begin or continue their education and to recognize and reward outstanding academic performance. The scholarship program is made possible through the generosity and vision of individuals, corporations and foundations throughout Greater New Haven and beyond.

Go to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Website