Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for Federal Aid

In order to be considered for financial assistance at Norwalk Community College, you must meet certain eligibility requirements, they are as follows:

  • You must complete a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)
  • You must be a US Citizen or an Eligible Non-citizen (see below)
  • Male Students, ages 18-25, must be registered for Selective Service (you will be given the ability to register during the FAFSA filing process)
  • You must have a High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) High School Equivalency Diploma. You will be asked to indicate this on your FAFSA
  • You must be matriculated into an eligible degree or certificate progra
  • You must not be in default on any federal educational loans or owe a refund on a federal grant
  • You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • You must not have been convicted of a drug offense while receiving financial aid

Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen

You are considered a citizen or eligible non-citizen if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • You are a US Citizen (Either born or naturalized)
  • You are a US National (includes natives of America, Samoa or Swains’ Island)
  • You are a US Permanent resident with an Alien Registration Receipt Card
  • You are not a US citizen or eligible non-citizen, but have an I-94 or I-94A with one of the following designations:
    • Refugee
    • Asylum granted
    • Indefinite Parole
    • Humanitarian Parole
    • Cuban-Haitian entrant, status pending
    • Conditional entrant (valid only if issued BEFORE April 1, 1980)

DACA Students – Update

Delayed Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – The Connecticut Senate and House passed a bill to give “Dreamers” access to State Financial Aid (not Pell Grants.) However, since that May 19, 2015 announcement there has been no decision as to how this aid will be administered at all the CSCU institutions. Please check back for updated information.

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

At this time, undocumented students do not qualify for CT state grants, scholarships or federal financial aid. However, 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.  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 be meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy at the attending institution;
  • Must meet any priority deadlines or requirements published by the attending institution related to the receipt of institutional financial aid.

**Aid Application for CT Undocumented Students (AACTUS) application English or Spanish