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Commencement 2015 student speaker April Cox
Barrington, RI resident named Charter Oak student speaker

Commencement 2015 speaker Colin McEnroe
Columnist and radio personality to speak at graduation

Commencement 2015 on May 31st
Over 550 students will comprise the Class of 2015, with 200 attending the ceremony

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

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

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Online Financial Aid Resources

U.S. Department of Education

Student Aid on the Web

Source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.

FAFSA on the Web

To compete or make corrections to your FAFSA electronically.


To apply for a PIN # (this is your electronic signature for FAFSA on the web.

U.S. Dept. of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to higher education.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data. You can also complete Exit Loan Counseling by accessing this site.

Manage my Direct Loans

This site is your source for information about how to manage your student loans. From this site you can also complete Entrance Loan Counseling, electronically sign a master promissory note (MPN), complete a PLUS Loan request or endorse a Direct PLUS Loan.

Federal Direct Consolidation Loans

From this site you can apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan or track the processing status of your online application throughout the consolidation process.

Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group

The Ombudsman is where individuals can turn after trying other ways to resolve a federal student loan problem or dispute. They can also be reached by calling (877) 557-2575.

Office of Inspector General

Office of the Inspector General (to report identity theft that affects your federal student aid).


Thinking about college? Use this tool to help you understand your options for paying for college, including estimates of financial aid eligibility.

State of Connecticut

Board of Regents for Higher Education

Connecticut's 17 state colleges and universities (ConnSCU) are governed by the Board of Regents to offer higher education opportunities to Connecticut students of all ages.

Connecticut Office of Higher Education

This office has oversight for financial aid programs funded by the State of Connecticut. They also help students learn about and find ways to pay for college.

Other Government Resources


An independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation.

U.S Dept. of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook (information on careers and their earning potential).

Federal Trade Commission

Information on scholarship scams and how to avoid them.

IRS Tax Transcripts

You can now order your IRS tax transcript or IRS tax account transcript online. All FAFSA applicants who are selected for verification and cannot, or will not, use the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool are required to provide tax transcripts to validate application data.

IRS Information Center for Education Tax Benefits

There are a variety of tax credits, deductions and savings plans available to taxpayers to assist with the expenses of higher education.

Social Security Administration

Contact SSA to get or replace a SS card or to update citizenship status on SSA's records.

Selective Service

If you are a man ages 18 through 25 then you must register with SS. Status information letters may be required when a man declares that he is not registered and applying for federal aid.

Veterans Affairs

Department of Veteran's Affairs website for veteran education benefits information.

National Credit Bureaus



Trans Union

Other Web Resources


The nation's largest free scholarship search engine.

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

College Scholarship Directory for the Greater Hartford Area.

Scholarship America

Dollars for Scholars (a free scholarship service).


This non-government site offers a comprehensive source of financial aid information.