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Scholarships are either  merit-based or need-based awards that may range from paying a portion of your tuition to fully funding the costs associated with your college education. Scholarships do not need to be repaid. Scholarships may come from a variety of sources, including private scholarships from outside organizations, departmental scholarships, university merit scholarships and state scholarships.

  • The majority of scholarships awarded to students are done so by student’s individual academic department, not by the Office of Student Financial Aid Services.
  • All scholarships that a student has been awarded need to be reported via the Student Administration System for evaluation by the Office of Student Financial Aid Services.
  • Copies of all official scholarship notifications should be faxed to the Bursar’s Office at 860-486-5234. This will allow the Bursar Office to defer payment on the scholarship until the funds arrive at the univeristy.

Private Scholarships

Many private scholarships for college students are offered each year by a variety of corporate, professional, trade, government, civic, religious, social, and fraternal organizations. To be considered, students must complete those scholarship applications and meet the specified eligibility criteria.

  • Students are encouraged to research their local organizations, high school guidance offices and libraries for all possible scholarship opportunities.
  • Students are also encouraged to search the Internet for scholarships. The Office of Student Financial Aid Services maintains a list of scholarship search services and private scholarship websites.

University of Connecticut Scholarships

Incoming Students

  • Merit-based scholarships are offered to incoming students through the Undergraduate Admission’s Office. All incoming students are considered for these scholarships according to their grade point average, SAT scores, rank in class, and other criteria. The Undergraduate Admissions Office will notify you if you are eligible for any of these awards with your acceptance to UConn letter.  Students should apply to the university prior to December 1st in order to be considered for these merit scholarships.
  • A separate application is required for UConn’s Nutmeg Scholarship and the Day of Pride Scholarship.  These scholarships have a prior deadline line of November 1st.
  • Go to Scholarship Policies and Conditions for guidelines and merit scholarship policies.

Continuing Students

  • Continuing students are encouraged to contact the department within their academic major for scholarship possibilities, applications and deadlines. Awards are available through some of the various departments within the individual Schools and Colleges in addition to a number of privately-funded scholarships, fellowships, and awards.

State Scholarships

Some states provide grants or scholarships for eligible residents. Most states do not allow their awards to be used at institutions in other states. Generally, however, awards from the following states may be used at UConn: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. You should contact your State Department of Higher Education for eligibility requirements and application procedures.