Skip To Main Content

Financial Aid

Check out our SHS School Counseling Financial Aid Information Handout!!!

Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid comes in four basic forms. Most financial aid packages offer a combination of the following:

1. Loans must be repaid with interest.

2. Grants are need-based and do not have to be repaid.

3. Scholarships are merit-based and do not have to be repaid. Most are awarded through the general admission process; some scholarships require a separate application. For more information on local scholarships go to our scholarships page.)

4. College Work Study allows the student to work on campus to contribute towards expenses.

Financial Aid Tips

  • Discuss your family's financial situation in regards to paying for college with your child early in the post-high school planning process.
  • Identify colleges where you might receive aid and make sure to include a range of affordable colleges on your list.
  • Check out the FAFSA Forecaster on the FAFSA web site. It is a tool to help students and families estimate their potential eligibility for federal student aid.
  • Use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the full, four-year cost of attending particular colleges (found on the financial aid office website for each participating college or College Board website).
  • Research the deadlines and required forms for each college to which you are applying.
  • Attend the Understanding College Financial Aid and Paying for College program in January and College Financial Aid Application Night in September.
  • Complete the FAFSA online as soon as possible. Information will be coming regarding when the FAFSA will be open for the fall of 2023. Use your most recently completed tax returns. For example, if your child is applying for federal aid to pay for college beginning in the fall of 2024, you will be submitting your tax returns from the 2022 fiscal year.
  • In addition to the FAFSA, some colleges (mostly private) also require the submission of the CSS/Profile.
  • Ultimately, all financial aid decisions are made by the individual college; therefore, it is necessary for you to work with the financial aid office at each college to which you are applying.

Financial Aid Web Sites government sponsored site US Department of Education College Scorecard CT Office of Higher Education "Paying for College" brochure financial aid information, advice, and tools guide to completing the FAFSA College Board financial aid information student loan and financial saving information general financial aid information Chronicle of Higher Education tool for comparing college financial measures general financial aid information Kiplinger rankings of colleges based on value general financial aid information

In This Section:

Upcoming Events

For a complete list of events, visit our the School Counseling Department Calendar.