CT-WAGE (Connecticut Workforce Advancement Grants for Education)

CT-WAGE and WIT graduates

CT-WAGE (Connecticut Workforce Advancement Grants for Education)

The CT-WAGE (Connecticut Workforce Advancement Grants for Education) program was established in 2008 by the Connecticut Legislature to help married and single male or female parents in low-income jobs complete their college degrees online. The program’s online study aspect contributes to reducing the student’s cost for childcare and need for transportation to a college campus. CT-WAGE is supported by state funding and provides federal Pell Grants to qualifying students.

CT-WAGE and Women in Transition (WIT) Programs Brochure (PDF)

Student Support

  • Loan of a laptop computer
  • Internet service reimbursement
  • Free books for Charter Oak courses
  • Reimbursement for books for courses taken at other accredited institutions of higher education
  • Academic, career and personal counseling
  • Personal and professional development workshops

Participation Requirements

  • Must be the parent of a child or children with whom you are actively involved and to whom you provide some degree of financial support
  • Must be employed in a low-paying job – as determined by Federal Poverty and State Median Income Guidelines
  • Must have 36-45 transferable credits (fewer will be considered in special cases) earned at an accredited institution(s) of higher education and/or through testing or military credit
  • Must have maintained a minimum 2.3 Quality Point Average in earning those credits
  • Must meet eligibility requirements for Federal Financial Aid
  • Must be willing to take a minimum of two courses during each semester (fall and spring) and one summer course until meeting Associate and/or Bachelor’s degree credit requirements

CT-WAGE Application Instructions

If you meet all qualifications, please:

  1. Download the CT-WAGE Application (PDF).
  2. Mail the completed application, questionnaire, and a copy of your transcript/transcripts to:
    Janice Silva
    Assistant, Special Programs
    Charter Oak State College
    55 Paul J. Manafort Drive
    New Britain, CT 06053

Once your completed application materials have been received, you will be notified as openings become available.