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. 

Undocumented veterans may be eligible for institutional financial aid beginning with the Fall 2018 semester.  To be eligible, veteran students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Honorably discharged veteran of the US Armed Forces; 

  • Thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012; 

  • Fifteen 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. 

Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, undocumented students may apply for institutional aid consideration toward the Spring 2020 semester.  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.   The financial aid priority date for the Spring 2020 semester is November 1, 2019.

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.

Payment Plans Information

SCSU Financial Literacy and Advising

Southern Foundation Scholarship Program

DREAMer's Roadmap

College Scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Students

Other Private Scholarships

CT Students for a Dream is a resource available to undocumented students with an active list of scholarship opportunities