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More College Aid Could Mean More Applications & Questions
Toll-Free Hotline to Help Parents and Students

HARTFORD, Jan. 7 — Tax credits to offset college costs. New "incentive grants" doubling Pell Grant amounts for certain students. Falling interest rates on student loans. Millions more in state aid for students attending Connecticut colleges. A spanking new "loan forgiveness" program for minority college students who teach in Connecticut public schools. Education stipends in return for community service.

The fact is that for college-bound students in Connecticut, the financial aid picture has never been brighter. More than $32 million is available in state sources alone this year. Major federal programs offer at least $120 million to Connecticut students. But how to make sense of it all? How can parents and students learn about their best options without adding to the confusion and anxiety of applying to college?

One easy option is to call the toll-free Student Financial Aid Hotline: 1-888-809-4316 from Monday, January 18 to Friday, January 22, 2:00 – 9:00 pm. Callers may leave messages at times other than the special Hotline hours.

Financial aid directors from Connecticut colleges and universities are volunteering their time and expertise to help callers apply for financial aid for college, vocational or graduate school; complete applications; and answer questions about eligibility requirements for federal and state grants, scholarships, loans and work-study opportunities. Students, parents and school counselors are urged to call.

With more aid and new programs available, counselors are anticipating more questions and applications than usual, especially since they recommend that all college applicants apply for financial aid even if they doubt they are eligible. One free call to the Hotline’s experts could lead to untold savings for parents and students.

The Hotline, in its 14th year of operation, has helped thousands of students and parents obtain applications, sort through forms and meet deadlines on time. The Hotline is sponsored by the:

Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators, Inc.,
Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority,
Connecticut Student Loan Foundation, and the
Connecticut Department of Higher Education.

Hotline staff will be taking calls at the offices of the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation, 525 Brook Street in Rocky Hill (Exit 22 off I-91).


Contact: Connie Fraser
(860)947-1801


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