Scholarships and grants may be much closer than you think. Student residents of Connecticut have only to look to the Board of Regents for Higher Education to find potential gold mines of college cash. Opportunities lurk in general tuition awards, career-specific incentives, and even in scholarships for dependents of public servants and veterans. The Board of Regents site is a good resource to check back in with from time to time as the organization is continually evolving. But first, have a look at these terrific options for Connecticut students.
Most state governments struggle with trying to get and keep teachers and nurses, especially. Connecticut is no different. Many schools face serious problems recruiting teachers, especially in urban and rural areas where they then become high-need. Others face difficulties finding teachers trained and prepared to teach high need subjects like science and math, sometimes special education and foreign language. The good news is that Connecticut and other states are offering financial aid to help lure students into these fields.
When pursuing funding assistance don't forget to look at opportunities on a number of levels such as federal, state, private organizations, career-based, and based on your specific financial circumstances, too. Of course the college of your choosing will most likely also have specific scholarships available so don't hesitate to see if you're eligible for more than one award because every bit helps.
To find out more about the current scholarship and grant programs available through the Board of Regents for Higher Education (formerly known as the CT Department of Higher Education) check out their website. Funding for any of these programs may vary based on state budgets. You must also complete and file the FAFSA to be considered for any of these programs.