Financial Aid

Financial aid consists of grants and loans that are intended to help students pay for tuition and fees, room and board (or living expenses, if commuting), transportation, books and supplies.

Financial aid does not always cover all expenses, so you may wish to research additional options or set up an appointment with your financial aid counselor to go over your funding possibilities.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the only application required by SCSU.  It is important to note that grant funding is limited and awarded based on financial need and availability of funds.


CARES Act Grant

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) provides federal funds for emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Learn more about the CARES Act Grant.

2020-2021 FAFSA Priority Dates

  • November 1, 2020 - for new incoming students starting in spring 2021

Inceptia Partnership

Starting in the 2020-2021 academic year SCSU has partnered with a company called Inceptia which will be streamlining the FAFSA verification process.  For more information, please see FAFSA Verification.

Are you a returning student who was just awarded for Fall 2020?

Please click here for more information regarding your award package and important dates to take note of.

Full-Time Status

Please notify our office using the 2020-2021 Change of Award form if you will not be attending full-time (12.0 credits for undergraduate, 9.0 credits for graduate students) as all financial aid awards are based on full-time status

Contact Us

If you need assistance please email us at or call (203) 392-5222 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and we will be happy to help you.  Please note that in-person, postal and fax services are unavailable at this time so we ask that you submit all documents to us via email.  Thank you for your understanding.