Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

Institutional Aid

On April 27, 2018, the Connecticut General Assembly, with the support of Governor Malloy, enacted a new state law that allows undocumented students to apply for institutional financial aid.  These students must meet certain age, residency, and criminal history requirements along with an affidavit with the institution they are attending about their intent to legalize their immigration status when they are eligible to do so.  This does not apply to non-immigrant visa holders. 

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes; 
  • Thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012; 
  • Sixteen years of age or younger when they arrived in the United States and have continuously resided in the United States since such arrival; and 
  • Have not been convicted of a felony in this state or another state. 

Institutional financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need and fund availability.  The financial aid application is available online.  

In order to be considered for institutional financial aid, undocumented students must meet these additional eligibility requirements: 

  • Must be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes; 
  • Must be accepted into a degree or eligible certificate program; 
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress; 
  • Must be registered for a minimum of half-time status (undergraduate students = 6 credits or more, graduate students = 4.5 credits or more) 

Scholarships and Other Resources

Students are encouraged to seek scholarship opportunities from private sources. Students should review each of the scholarship requirements as some of them do not have restrictions based on citizenship or legal status.