Although you can fill out your FAFSA® anytime for federal funds, states have their own deadlines for state grants and scholarships.
If you’re interested in Connecticut financial aid, the date you need to know is February 15.
That’s the cut-off date to be considered for the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship, which is a need- and merit-based state award.
This Connecticut financial aid scholarship, which used to be called the “Governor’s Scholarship,” is open to any Connecticut resident who will attend a Connecticut public college or non-profit private college.
If your Estimated Family Contribution is within the allowable range, you could get $4,500. But you could get up to $5,250 if you also:
- graduate with a high school junior year class rank of 20 percent or better
- and/or has SAT scores of at least 1210, OR an ACT score of at least 27.
All you have to do to apply for this grant is file your FAFSA®.
Yep! It’s the whole “two birds, one stone” thing. Even if you’re not sure you apply for the extra merit-based cash, why leave the need-based cash on the table if you live in Connecticut?
But if you’ve been putting it off, you’re not alone. That’s why we’re here to help. Frank provides a FREE service that can file your FAFSA® in as little as 4 minutes. No strings attached. Really!
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Oh and before you go, here’s a fun fact about this Connecticut grant:
The renaming of this scholarship was done as a surprise honor, or “unannounced action,” by Connecticut’s House of Representatives for Roberta B. Willis in 2016, the year she retired from her 16 years of service in the General Assembly. Willis was known as a tireless advocate for higher education — making it a fitting name change for the scholarship.