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.
**Please budget carefully and remember that the award is based on full time status. The Financial Aid office reserves the right to make adjustments to your award based on availability of funds and enrollment at any time.**
Roberta B. Willis Scholarship These funds are allocated to the college by the State of Connecticut and are awarded based upon financial need and funds available.
Housatonic 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 Housatonic 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 Bridgeport and beyond.