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Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Program

The BGS program is a customized, interdisciplinary degree that provides students the option to choose the right academic program to fit his/her lifestyle.

Important Financial Aid Information for the Bachelor of General Studies Program


Requirements for receiving financial aid:

In order to be considered for financial aid at the University of Connecticut, you are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov, for the 2015-2016 academic year, by March 1, 2015 (April 1, for entering Transfer students). The University of Connecticut school code is 001417.

Also, all financial aid applicants who are enrolled in the Bachelor of General Studies Program (BGS) must complete and return the BGS Program Enrollment Information Form each academic year. This form is required to prepare a financial aid package for the student and can be found on the financial aid website at http://www.financialaid.uconn.edu under online forms. Be sure to check the status of your financial aid on a regular basis through the Student Administration System.


Deadlines:

The FAFSA must be received by the federal processor on or before March 1, 2015 (April 1, for entering Transfer students)to be considered on-time. If completed on-time, the applicant will be considered for University Grants, Federal Pell Grants and Federal Stafford Loans. If late, the applicant will be considered for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Stafford Loans only.

Even if the FAFSA is completed on-time, applicants are not guaranteed financial aid. Aid is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. With the exception of the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Stafford Loans, financial aid funds are provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid Services as an allocation to be distributed on a per student need basis. Unfortunately, once these allocations have been expended, our role as stewards of these funds requires that we stop awarding them.

Upon receiving an applicant’s FAFSA and BGS Program Enrollment Information Form for the 2015-2016 school year, financial aid packaging will begin in April and continue throughout the year on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants will be notified of their package through their University of Connecticut email account. Be sure to check your email frequently and check the status of your financial aid through the Student Administration System.


Specifics for 2015-2016 FAFSA of BGS students:

BGS students must have an associate’s degree or 60 credits in order to be eligible for this program. When asked what grade level the applicant is considered, all BGS students are admitted as 3rd year undergraduate juniors. When asked what degree or certificate the applicant is working on, the correct answer is 1st undergraduate bachelor’s degree.


Financial aid eligibility for part-time BGS students:

In order to receive aid, all students must complete a FAFSA on-time and display financial need.

Full-time students (12 or more credits) are eligible to receive:

  • University Grant Assistance
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Stafford Loans

Part-time students (6 or more credits) are eligible to receive:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Stafford Loans

Less than half-time students are eligible to receive:

  • Federal Pell Grants

Scholarships for BGS Students:

The Office of Financial Aid does not directly award scholarships. Typically the only scholarships available to BGS students are private scholarships that would be applied for outside of the University.


Any Further Questions:

If you have any further questions about financial aid for the BGS program or in general, you can meet with a Financial Aid Officer at the Office of Student Financial Aid Services (OSFAS). It is not necessary to make an appointment. The OSFAS is open year-round, Monday through Friday 8AM – 5PM. Financial Aid Officers are available everyday from 9AM – 5PM.

Additional financial aid information is available on our website at http://www.financialaid.uconn.edu.
There are also client services phone lines available from 8AM – 5PM at (860) 486-2819


Other Helpful Links for BGS Students:

Stafford Student Loans
Grants
Verification