Free Help for Finding Financial Aid for College

Free Help for Finding Financial Aid for College

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is now open for applications.  Students who plan to attend college between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023 should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.  To assist students and parents in the process, the Department’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office has been sharing tips @FAFSA, including “7 Things You Need Before Filling Out the FAFSA Form” and “8 Steps to Completing the FAFSA Form.”

 FSA continues to take steps to make it easier to complete and submit the FAFSA form.  For example:

  •       Students’ prior drug convictions, as well as registration status with Selective Service, no longer affect their federal student aid eligibility
  • is even easier to navigate to get help and information, with an entirely new look and feel; and in most states, applicants only see the questions on the FAFSA form that pertain to them

Students and parents may complete the FAFSA form online at and through the myStudentAid mobile application.

Below are some helpful events and resources.

Resources for Students and Families  Date and Location  More Information/ Registration
New Haven Promise FAFSA Workshop (Virtual)

Work directly with financial aid professionals to complete the FAFSA and learn the process of need-based federal aid

Wed., Oct. 13 — 6:30 pm 

Thurs., Oct. 21 — 6:30 pm 

Sat., Nov. 6 — 11 am 

Tues., Nov. 9 — 6:30 pm 

Wed., Nov. 17 — 6:30 pm

Tues., Dec. 14 — 6 pm

Sign up at

If you have any questions, please contact Jorgieliz Casanova ( 

C4D’s College Access (Virtual )

Free, confidential virtual space for undocumented high school and college students as well as for caregivers/parents to receive one-on-one peer support in getting to and through higher education

Our office hours will run every other Wednesday and Tuesday. Here are our initial dates:

Wednesday, October 13th
1-6 pm

Tuesday, October 19th
9-5 pm

Wednesday, October 27th
1-6 pm

Tuesday, November 2nd
9-5 pm

Fill out this form and schedule an appointment with us: BIT.LY/CAPHOURS
CT State Community Colleges Showcase 

October 21, 2021
9am – 11:30am
Blue Hills Civic Association FAFSA Workshop (Virtual)

October 21, 2021
7pm to 8:30pm 
Click here to register. 
Project Ready 2021 College Showcase (In-person)

The evening will offer valuable information and insights shared through college representatives, presentations  and post-secondary support resource tables. 

October 28, 2021
5pm- 6:30pm 
Aetna Community Center at Dunkin’ Donuts Park (Yard Goats Stadium)1214 Main Street, Hartford, CT
ULGH Youth Development Department 



In related news, the Department released the latest federal student loan cohort default rate, which decreased (from 9.7% to 7.3%) for students who entered repayment between fiscal years 2017 and 2018 and subsequently defaulted before September 30, 2020.  This new cohort default rate represents the lowest national rate since the three-year rate was first released in 2012.  Schools with high default rates may lose their eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs.


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