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Seeking New Student Alternate Rep to CT's Statewide Student Advisory Committee
Great opportunity to network with students from other institutions and to be part of the discussion on public higher education in CT

Go Back to Get Ahead Registration Event on 8/13
Admissions and financial aid representatives from Charter Oak State College will host a registration event for Go Back to Get Ahead prospective students on Wednesday, August 13th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

Charter Oak State College Commencement set for June 1, U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy to speak
2014 Commencement date, speaker announcement

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy to Give 2014 Commencement Speech
Graduation to be held June 1

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Financial Aid Programs

Programs Eligibility Program Characteristics
Federal Pell Grant

Need Based

The maximum Pell Grant eligible expected family contribution (EFC) for 2013-2014 is $5,081.

The maximum Pell Grant eligible expected family contribution (EFC) for 2014-2015 is $5,157

13-14 Full Year Awards Vary from $582 to $5,645

14-15 Full Year Awards Vary from $587 to $5,730

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Need Based Awards Vary
Charter Oak State College Grant Need Based Awards Vary
Connecticut Governor's Scholarship Grant

Connecticut Residents & Need Based

*Newly established state grant program available to new COSC students.

Awards Vary
Charter Oak State College Student Grant Aid Program

Connecticut Resident & Need Based

*Program to be phased out through the 2015-2016 academic year. Funding available to returning COSC students only - if previously awarded in 2012-2013 and who continue to meet program eligibility requirements.

Awards Vary
Charter Oak State College Fee Award Degree seeking & Need Based Awards Vary
Federal Direct
Subsidized
Stafford Loan
Need Based Maximum Subsidized Loan Amounts for Dependent and Independent Students:
$3,500 (freshmen); $4,500 (sophomore); $5,500 (junior/senior)
Federal Direct
Unsubsidized
Stafford Loan
Non-need based

* Additional loan funds are available to dependent students if the student's parent is denied a PLUS Loan.
Maximum Loan Amounts:

Dependent Undergraduate
Freshman: $5,500 (max. $3,500 subsidized)
Sophomore: $6,500 (max. $4,500 subsidized)
Junior/Senior: $7,500 (max. $5,500 subsidized)

Independent Undergraduate
Freshman: $9,500 (max. $3,500 subsidized)
Sophomore: $10,500 (max. $4,500 subsidized)
Junior/Senior: $12,500 (max. $5,500 subsidized)
Federal Direct PLUS Loans Available to parents of dependent undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time. Student's Cost of Attendance
 -  Other Aid Student Received
= Maximum PLUS Loan Amount

Disclaimer: Descriptions of financial aid programs are subject to change without advance notice due to changes in federal, state, college policies, and/or changes in funding levels. The Financial Aid Office will make every reasonable effort to keep applicants and students aware of changes as they occur. Financial aid does not cover the admissions application fee, late fees, non-credit courses, CLEP/Dantes testing, transcript fees, portfolio assessment fees or certificate program courses. There is no federal, state, or institutional aid for international or undocumented students.

Grants

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to needy undergraduate students who have not earned a first bachelor's degree.

The amount of your Federal Pell Grant eligibility will depend on your cost of attendance, EFC, enrollment status, and whether you will attend for a full academic year or less. You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more then one school at a time. To apply, a student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA.

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFC's) will be considered first for a FSEOG. To apply, a student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA.

Charter Oak State College Grant
Funds are given to degree seeking students with financial need who are either residents or non-residents of Connecticut. Grant awards vary per year depending on a student's need and the availability of funds. To apply, a student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA.

Connecticut Governor's Scholarship Grant
Funded by the State of Connecticut, this new program makes full and part-time need based financial aid awards, available for eligible educational costs, to Connecticut residents. Full-time is considered 12 or more semester credit hours. Part-time is considered 6 to 11 semester credit hours. Eligible educational costs are tuition and fees, plus a fixed amount for books and educational supplies as determined by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.

To apply, a student must file a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA, and as a result, have an EFC of $7,999 or less (for students in a two year program) and an EFC of $10,999 or less (for students in a four year program). Student's must also be matriculated into an undergraduate program of study, leading to a first associate or bachelor degree. Awards for full-time Pell Grant recipients may not exceed a student's calculated educational costs minus any Pell Grant eligibility. Non-Pell Grant students are also eligible for funding under this program based on the EFC amounts as described above.

Charter Oak State College Student Grant Aid Program
This program will be phased out through the 2015-2016 academic year and funding is only available to returning COSC students who previously received awards in 2012-2013 and who continue to meet program eligibility requirements. After 2015-2016, this program will be transitioned into the Governor's Scholarship Grant as described in the section above.

Awards can be given to returning full or part-time students with financial need, who are enrolled at the college and who are residents of Connecticut. The COSC Student Grant Aid Program is funded by the State of Connecticut through the Connecticut Office of Higher Education. The award amounts cannot exceed a student's financial need. Awards vary per year as determined by the college. To apply, a student must file a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA. Funding is limited and is awarded on a first come first served basis.

Charter Oak State College Fee-Award
Connecticut state law authorizes the Board of State Academic Awards, Charter Oak's governing board, to allocate funds to be given as fee awards to degree seeking students with financial need who are either residents or non-residents of Connecticut. Fee-Awards vary per year depending on a student's need, actual fee(s) and the availability of funds. To apply, a student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA. These awards can only be applied towards:

  • College Fee
  • Graduation Fee
  • Program Change Fee

 Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Charter Oak State Colleges participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. These are federal loans and we also refer to them as Direct Loans. When you borrow a Direct Loan your lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution. These loans have fixed rates with low interest rates and fees. You must be at least half-time (six credits) in order to receive a loan.

There are two types of Federal Direct Loans:

Subsidized loans are need-based, and interest does not accrue on these loans while you are in school at least half-time and during authorized deferment periods.  Note: Due to recent changes in federal law, the government no longer subsidizes interest during the six-month post-school grace period for new subsidized Stafford loans first disbursed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2014.

Unsubsidized loans are not need-based, and you are responsible for all of the interest that accrues on the loan, including while you are in school, but you do not have to pay the interest during this time. Unpaid interest that is deferred until after graduation can be "capitalized" (added to the loan principal). This means that you will pay interest on a higher loan amount when you go into repayment.

Loan Limits:

Dependent

Annual Loan Limit:

Freshman $5,500 ($3,500 between subsidized and unsubsidized, plus an additional $2,000 in unsubsidized)
Sophomore $6,500 ($4,500 between subsidized and unsubsidized, plus an additional $2,000 in unsubsidized)
Junior/Senior $7,500 ($5,500 between subsidized and unsubsidized, plus an additional $2,000 in unsubsidized)

Independent

Annual Loan Limit:

Freshman $9,500 (3,500 between subsidized and unsubsidized, plus an additional $6,000 in unsubsidized)
Sophomore $10,500 ($4,500 between subsidized and unsubsidized, plus an additional $6,000 in unsubsidized)
Junior/Senior $12,500 ($5,500 between subsidized and unsubsidized, plus an additional $2,000 in unsubsidized)

 

Lifetime Loan Limits:

Undergraduate Dependent Lifetime Limit: $31,000 (up to $23,000 may be subsidized)
Undergraduate Independent Lifetime Limit:
$57,500 (up to $23,000 may be subsidized)

Federal Direct Student Loans 2013-2014 Interest Rates:

The interest rate for Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 is 3.86%.

The interest rate for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 is 3.86%.

The interest rate for Federal Direct PLUS Loans is a fixed rate of 6.41%.

Information on interest rates and repayment plan calculators

Fees:

Federal Direct Stafford loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), first disbursed on or after 7-1-2013 and before 12-1-2013, loan fee is set at 1.051 %.

Federal Direct Stafford loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), first disbursed on or after 12-1-2013 and before 10-1-2014, loan fee is set at 1.072 %.

Federal Direct Plus Loan, first disbursed on or after 7-1-2013 and before 12-1-2013, loan fee is set at 4.204%.

Federal Direct Plus Loan, first disbursed on or after 12-1-2013 and before 10-1-2014, loan fee is set at 4.288%.

The origination fee is used to offset some of the administrative costs of the federal student loan programs.

Effective for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2012, the Department of Education is no longer offering repayment incentives to to Direct Loan borrowers, except interest rate reductions to borrowers in repayment who elect to have payments automatically electronically deducted from their bank accounts.

*Effective as of July 1, 2013, the Direct Loan interest subsidy will be limited for new borrowers.

  • The new limitation impacts only new borrowers -defined as a student with no outstanding Direct Loan balance as of 7-1-2013.
  • The law restricts the period of time for which a new borrower may receive subsidized loans, in the aggregate, to 150 percent of the published length of the student's current educational program.
  • Once a student reaches that limit, he or she can only borrow an unsubsidized loan, and interest begins to accrue on the student's outstanding subsidized loans.
  • While new borrowers will not see the effect of the subsidy limit until a minimum of 150 percent of his or her published program length has elapsed, it is important to understand that academic progress will be tied to the cost of borrowing student loans.

Private Education Loans

Private education loans may be available to students seeking loan assistance above and beyond the federal financial aid programs. They are used to cover "gaps" that may exist between education costs and the amount of financial aid received (if any).

Charter Oak State College requires all students to apply for Title IV financial aid first -by filing a FAFSA, exhausting all student financial assistance options, prior to borrowing a private education loan. Charter Oak State College does not have a preferred lender list for private education loans. Students and their families need to do their own due diligence to determine what loan best suits their borrowing needs.

There are many types of private education loans, each are calculated with different interest rates, fees, deferment options, repayment terms, co-borrower, and credit criteria. As a convenience to our students, there is an independent research firm called Student Lending Analytics who have developed an unbiased list of loan options for students who need a resource to assist them with finding a private education student loan. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement or recommendation by Charter Oak State College. Nor is the list inclusive of all education loan programs (private and state loans) that may be available.

All private education loan borrowers, pursuant to revisions in the Truth in Lending Act, are required to complete a self-certification form before their loan can be approved. Your lender will provide you with this form. The form can also be downloaded using the above link. However, the Office of Financial Aid recommends that you complete the self-certification form that your lender provides. You should complete the form and return it promptly to your lender and not to the Office of Financial Aid.

Some lenders may ask you to provide Charter Oak's OPE ID # which is 03234300. In order to complete the self-certification form, you will need to know your cost of attendance and estimated financial aid assistance (if any) for the period of enrollment covered by the loan. You may contact our office to obtain this information at sfa@charteroak.edu. Remember, you are responsible for returning your signed self-certification form to your lender before a disbursement can be made to your private education loan.