Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
Fees are established by the Board of Regents for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU). At publication time, the following fees were expected to be in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year. This listing is intended to help estimate the costs of attending the University. Students will be responsible for any fee increase that the Board of Regents for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities authorizes up to the first day of classes.
FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME STATUS
Only those students who have been admitted to a graduate program through the School of Graduate Studies may be classified as full-time graduate students. To maintain full-time status, a graduate student must be registered for at least 9 credit hours. Part-time graduate students are those registered for fewer than 9 credit hours per semester.
A student is registered as full-time or as part-time for tuition purposes. Up to the end of the Add/Drop period, a qualified student may, by submitting the appropriate forms, change from full-time to part-time or from part-time to full-time. After the last day for Add/Drop, there will be no change in status for tuition purposes.
Students admitted to the university are classified as Connecticut residents or out-of-state residents according to Connecticut statute and the policies of the Board of Regents for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. International students on visas are considered out-of-state residents.
Whenever the university deems it necessary, the student may be requested to submit an affidavit to certify residence status in accordance with regulations established by the Board of Regents for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. The failure of a student to disclose fully and accurately all facts relating to residence status shall be grounds for dismissal from the School of Graduate Studies.
A student classified as an out-of-state resident who feels that he or she qualifies as a bona fide resident of Connecticut may request a change of classification from the Registrar by completing a Residency Reclassification Affidavit and supplying supporting documentation. Forms can be obtained in the Registrar's Office, Wintergreen Building.
TUITION AND FEES
|Connecticut Resident||Out-of State Resident/
|University General Fee||$3,622||$3,622|
|Student Activity Fee||$54||$54|
The rates above include the Fall and Spring terms for a full-time student in most graduate programs, except:
- Master of Business Administration program Connecticut resident tuition is $7,301, and out-of-state resident/international student tuition is $18, 538.
- Accelerated Master of Business Administration Connecticut resident, out-of-state/international student tuition is $5,692.
- Master of Library Science program Connecticut resident, out-of-state/international tuition is $7,301.
Part-time graduate students are charged graduate rates for both graduate and undergraduate courses. Tuition and fees are not based on the level (graduate/undergraduate) of the course; tuition and fees are instead based on a student's type or level (graduate/ undergraduate), their residency (in state/out-of-state), their status (full-time or part-time), and if applicable, program (MBA, MLS, EdD, Online). A student who has earned a bachelor’s degree and is formally admitted to a second bachelor’s degree program is charged the undergraduate tuition and fees whether enrolled full-time or part-time.
For the part-time, online, intersession, and doctoral rates, please visit the Tuition and Fees section of the Bursar's Office website.
PAYMENT OF TUITION AND FEES
To establish proper payment arrangements by the bill deadline, the Bursar's Office must receive one or a combination of the following to cover the balance in full:
- Accepted financial aid award, including scholarships, posted to the student's account.
- Personal or third party payment on account.
- Signed payment plan agreement with down payment.
Please visit the Bursar's Office website for more information.
OTHER FEES AND COSTS
|Accident Insurance||All full-time students are covered by accident insurance that covers accidents occurring on- or off-campus during the 12-month period, August 1 - July 31. The coverage is included in the University General Fee.|
|Application Fee||$50 non-refundable one-time fee must be submitted with the completed application for admission.|
|Bad Check Penalty||$20 non-refundable fee will be assessed for each check returned from the bank as uncollectible.|
|Continuous Enrollment Fee||$150/semester|
|2.50% non-refundable processing fee will be applied to tuition and fee credit card transactions|
|Ed.D. Evaluation Fee||$100/occurrence|
|Fitness Center Fee||$45/semester|
|Graduate Re-Entry Fee||
|Health Insurance||The University requires mandatory health insurance for all full-time students unless the student is covered by other comparable medical insurance. The 2015-16 rates have not yet been approved by the Connecticut Board of Regents, but for estimating purposes, the 2014-15 annual rate for 12 months of coverage was $1,478. The Fall semester bill includes a portion of the charge for the first 5 months of coverage, and the Spring semester bill will include the charge for the remaining 7 months. If the student has comparable health insurance coverage and wishes to waive the health insurance charge on the bill, the student may submit a health insurance waiver online by the posted deadlines at www.Southernct.edu/bursar. If the student wishes to waive the health insurance, the student may submit a waiver application online at www.SouthernCT.edu/bursar. A late waiver filing fee of $65 will be assessed for waiver applications received after the posted deadlines.|
|Lab Fees (course)||
|Lab Fees (program)||
The Nursing program lab fee is assessed on a per semester (full-time) or per credit (part-time) basis to equally distribute this additional program cost over the length of enrollment in the program. It is not assessed based on course content for the term.
|Late Payment Fee||$50 non-refundable fee per occurrence will be assessed to past due accounts after the expiration of the ten (10) day grace period. A one-time courtesy waiver may be granted upon request.|
|Lost ID Card||$10 fee (first occurrence)
$20 fee (occurrence thereafter)
|Over Registration Fee||
|Payment Plan Enrollment Fee||$45 non-refundable fee will be payable at the time of enrollment in a payment plan agreement.|
|Re-Registration Fee||$100 non-refundable fee will be charged to students who have been dropped from their courses and would like to re-register. A one-time courtesy waiver may be granted upon request.|
|Study Abroad Application Fee||$75/semester|
|Study Abroad Program Fee||$150/semester|
|Transcript Fee||No charge|
|Transcript On-Demand Fee||$15 non-refundable fee is payable at the time of request, for official transcripts that are requested in-person and needed immediately.|
Southern Connecticut State University has adopted the Electronic Mail Student Notification Policy, which outlines email as an official means of communication to students; therefore, paper bill statements are no longer sent out. Fall and spring semester bills are due approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the first day of university-wide classes, or upon registration if the due date has passed. Payment for winter, spring break, and summer session is due upon registration. Please visit Important Dates on the Bursar's Office website for more information.
Past Due Accounts:
An account is considered past due once the due date has passed. Student accounts may become past due for various reasons (i.e. inadequate or returned financial aid, missed payment(s) on payment plans, the addition of unpaid charges/courses after the bill due date, etc.)
Penalty for Late/Non-Payment:
If the amount due by the due date is not paid, a hold will be placed on the account restricting course registration, access to grades, and transcript requests. Past due accounts are also subject to a $50 late fee after a ten (10) day grace period, and if applicable, your housing assignments and class schedules may be cancelled.
Past Due Payment Plan:
Students may request a past due payment plan with the Bursar's Office, although the hold described above will remain in place until the account balance is paid in full. The penalties for late/non-payment above also apply to past due payment plans. Failure to make a required payment plan installment within thirty (30) days of any due date will result in the student being withdrawn from the past due payment plan and the account will be sent to a collection agency without further notice.
Collection of Debt:
In an effort to collect past due debt, the University will send collection letters and emails to students at their last known address. To avoid account referral to a collection agency, students must pay the balance in full, or set up a past due payment plan within 30 days of the notice. For accounts referred to a collection agency, students are responsible for all collection fees, the balance will be reported to a national credit bureau(s), and the University will no longer accept direct payment--in that the student must make all payments to the collection agency before conducting any further business with the University.
Regulations established by the Board of Regents for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities govern the refund of tuition and other fees at Southern Connecticut State University.
Full-time students who wish to receive a refund must withdraw formally from the university. Full-time students are not entitled to a refund for courses individually dropped. Part-time students who wish to receive course refunds must formally withdraw from the course(s). It is the student's responsibility to withdraw online through their BannerWeb account. The amount of refund is based on the date the student withdraws, not on whether the student attended classes or on how many classes the student attended. The Registration Fee is a non-refundable fee except in cases where the university cancels a course.
Full-time Tuition and Fees Refund Schedule
- Upon withdrawal from the University up to the first day of university-wide classes as defined by the published university calendar, 100% of the amount paid will be refunded;
- 90% of the balance will be refunded during the first week of university-wide classes,
- 60% of the balance will be refunded during the second week of university-wide classes,
- 40% of the balance during the third and the fourth weeks of university-wide classes,
- No refund after the fourth week of university-wide classes.
Part-time Tuition and Fees Refund Schedule
Courses greater than eight weeks in length:
- 100% of the amount paid will be refunded during the first week of university-wide classes,
- 60% of the balance will be refunded during the second week of university-wide classes,
- 40% of the balance will be refunded during the third and the fourth weeks of university-wide classes,
- No refund after the fourth week of university-wide classes.
Courses three to eight weeks in length:
- 100% refund prior to the second class meeting.
- 60% refund prior to the third class meeting.
- 40% refund prior to the fourth class meeting.
- No refund after the beginning of the fourth class meeting.
Courses less than three weeks in length:
- 100% refund prior to the second class meeting.
- 60% refund prior to the third class meeting.
- No refund after the beginning of the third class meeting.
NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM
The New England Regional Student Program (RSP) enables New England residents to enroll in out-of-state public colleges and universities in the six state region at reduced tuition rates for certain degree programs that are not offered by their home state public institutions.
Students in this program pay 50 percent above in-state tuition rather than the full out-of-state tuition. Students must submit to the Registrar's Office a new completed application each semester in order to remain eligible for RSP.
Detailed information about the RSP can be obtained through the Registrar's Office or from the Regional Student Program, New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111.
Southern Connecticut State University is approved for the training of veterans and other eligible persons by the state approving agency, the Connecticut Office of Higher Education. The following resources are listed here as a guide though the eligibility and certification process. For more information or assistance in applying please contact the SCSU Veterans Services Office. All forms and documents must be submitted to the Certifying Officials, located in the Bursar’s Office in the Wintergreen building.
Veteran Tuition Waiver
Under Connecticut state statutes, tuition at Connecticut public colleges and universities may be waived for qualified persons who are:
- Eligible veterans; or
- Active members of the CT Army and Air National Guard; or
- CT residents who are dependent childrem or a surviving spouse of a member of the Armed Forces killed in action on or after September 11, 2001, who was a CT resident; or
- CT residents who are dependent children of a person whom the Armed Forces has declared to be either missing in action or a prisoner of war while serving in the Armed Forces after January 1, 1960.
The state tuition waiver also covers the amount of tuition which exceeds the tuition benefit received under the federal 2008 Post-9/11 Veteran Educational Assistance Act.
Summer, intersession, and online extension courses are assessed an extension course fee, instead of semester based tuition and fees. Qualified persons in category 1 above may receive a 50% waiver of the extension course fee, and qualified persons in category 4 above may receive a 100% waiver of the extension course fee. Other college costs such as books, fees, parking, and room and board are not waived.
To be qualified, all of the application requirements must be satisfied. Eligibility is not retroactive. Please visit the Bursar’s website for more information on how to apply.
Veteran Education Benefits
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers many benefits to advance the education and skills of Veterans and service members. Spouses and family members may also be eligible for education and training assistance.
Apply for benefits:
- Go to VA Website for benefit information and applications
- Obtain Certification of Eligibility/Notice of Basic Eligibility upon approval
Submit Documents to SCSU:
- Certification of Eligibility/Notice of Basic Eligibility
- SCSU Veteran Benefits Application Request
- CH. 30, 1606, 1607 –submit your monthly attendance on the VA WAVE site
- CH. 31 –submit certification of status on the VA website VONAPP
Veteran Payment Plans
Students are required to pay any balance not covered by financial aid and veteran education benefits by the bill due date. Students may enroll in an installment payment plan to make arrangements for payment of the balance due.
- The payment plan agreement will include the term balance due at 0.00% interest rate and the plan enrollment fee of $45.00. The $45.00 plan fee is waived for eligible veterans.
- The first installment is due at the time enrollment in the plan.
- The remaining installments will be scheduled up to the start of the next term registration. Veteran payment installments are due on the 15th monthly.
- The remaining installments must be paid in full prior to the start date of the next term registration. Veterans may extend their plan installments thru the end of the current term.
Out-of-state veterans and their dependents may be eligible for in-state tuition and fee rates per the VA Choice Act of 2014.
Alternatively, out-of-state Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans may be eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program the VA will match institutional contributions dollar-for-dollar to cover the cost differential between in-state and out-of-state students. This is limited to 50 veterans per academic year at SCSU.
For more information or to reclassify residency status, please contact the SCSU Veterans Services Office.
Veterans Health Insurance Waiver
The mandatory sickness insurance may be waived for Active duty and veteran students under chapter 1607, 30, 31, or 33 who are “VA service-connected” with the listed insurance carrier as Tricare or the VA (and provides the last four digits of their SSN).
For more information about the health insurance plan, or to access the waiver application, please go to the Bursar’s Website and click Health Insurance.
Certain tuition waivers are approved by Connecticut General Statute, other tuition and fee waivers are established by the Board of Regents for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU). At publication time, the following authorizations were expected to be in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year. This listing is intended to help estimate eligibility, though direct inquiry and application for any below listed waiver should be made with the appropriate department.
Application Fee (Financially Needy)
A waiver of the admissions application fee is authorized for any financially needy student, who (A) has taken the SAT I test using the SAT Fee Waiver; or (B) is a participant in CONNTAC-EOC or an equally recognized educational entity; or (C) is a participant CSU-sanctioned special access program such as CONNCAP or Upward Bound; or (D) in the opinion of the university president or designee has special circumstances. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Admissions Office.
CT Army or Air National Guard Member
Tuition is waived for any active member of the Connecticut Army or Air National Guard who (A) has been certified by the Adjutant General or such Adjutant General's designee as a member in good standing of the guard, and (B) is enrolled or accepted for admission to such institution on a full-time or part-time basis in an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program. Please note: This waiver is not applicable during intersessions (winter, spring break, summer.) Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-5. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
CT Police Academy Student
Tuition is waived for any student attending the Connecticut Police Academy who is enrolled in a law enforcement program at said academy offered in coordination with the university which accredits courses taken in such program. Please note: This waiver is not applicable during intersessions (winter, spring break, summer.) Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-4. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
CT Secondary Education Student (enrolled in a university course)
(A) The president may waive all tuition and fees or may impose the registration fee at his/her discretion for any student from a Connecticut Secondary Education school which has a specific agreement with a university within the Connecticut State University System for enrollment in up to two courses per semester or summer session on a space-available basis. (B)Academically qualified students not covered by an agreement between their school and a university may enroll in up to two courses per semester or summer session for university credits and will be charged the regular tuition and/or fees and registration fee. (C) A waiver of the part-time Tuition and General University Fee is authorized for academically qualified students enrolled in up to two courses per semester for university credit in those cases in which an academic department of a university authorizes a high school faculty member(s) to teach those university courses at a high school under the department’s supervision. Students at Southern Connecticut State University will pay a $15 fee for a “rush” transcript. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Academic Advisement Office.
Dependent 9/11 KIA
Tuition is waived for any resident of the state who is a dependent child or surviving spouse of a person who was killed in action while performing active military duty with the armed forces of the United States on or after September 11, 2001, and who was a resident of this state. Please note: This waiver is not applicable during intersessions (winter, spring break, summer.) Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-9. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
Tuition is waived for any dependent child of a resident of the state who was killed in a multivehicle crash at or near the intersection of Routes 44 and 10 and Nod Road in Avon on July 29, 2005. Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-8. Please note: This waiver is not applicable during intersessions (winter, spring break, summer.) For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
Tuition is waived for any dependent child of a person whom the armed forces of the United States has declared to be missing in action or to have been a prisoner of war while serving in such armed forces after January 1, 1960, which child has been accepted for admission to such institution and is a resident of Connecticut at the time such child is accepted for admission to such institution. Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-1. A waiver of the Extension fee (summer and winter sessions) is authorized as well. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
Tuition is waived for any dependent child of a (A) police officer, as defined in section 7-294a, or supernumerary or auxiliary police officer, (B) firefighter, as defined in section 7-323j, or member of a volunteer fire company, (C) municipal employee, or (D) state employee, as defined in section 5-154, killed in the line of duty. Please note: This waiver is not applicable during intersessions (winter, spring break, summer.) Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-6. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
Dependent Terrorist Victim
Tuition is waived for any resident of this state who is a dependent child or surviving spouse of a specified terrorist victim who was a resident of the state. Please note: This waiver is not applicable during intersessions (winter, spring break, summer.) Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-7. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
Federal Internship Program
A waiver of all fees except for tuition and the cost of student accident and sickness insurance for one semester is authorized for any Public Policy and Government major who participates in the Federal Internship Program in Washington, DC on a full-time basis and not able to avail themselves of services normally provided while on campus. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Department of Political Science.
Full-time Student Attending Another Connecticut Public Higher Education Institution
Any matriculated full-time student enrolled at a public institution of higher education in Connecticut who has paid tuition at his or her college or university will be admitted on a space available basis without further charge to any course offered by a university within the Connecticut State University System provided the course is not offered at the student’s college or university and the student’s admission to such course(s) is recommended by the president or appropriate academic officer from his/her college or university. No student will be permitted to carry more than two courses in any semester without consent of the president of the host campus. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Academic Advisement Office.
Graduate students awarded full assistantships shall pay full-time tuition; graduate students awarded half assistantships and enrolled for nine semester hours or more shall pay full-time tuition; those enrolled for less than nine hours shall pay appropriate registration and course fees for part-time students. However, the following fees shall be waived for graduate assistants: University Fee, University General Fee (except for that portion attributable to student accident insurance), and the Student Activity Fee. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 6/13/97. For more information please contact the Academic Affairs Office.
Graduate Continuous Enrollment Fee
A waiver of the Graduate Continuous Enrollment Fee is authorized if A) the student has medical documentation supporting the waiver request; B) the course the student was enrolled in has been cancelled; or C) in the opinion of the University President or designee, the student has special circumstances warranting a waiver. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 02/04/00. For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Graduate Interns – Full-time
Graduate Interns enrolled at any university within the Connecticut State University System as full-time graduate students shall be required to pay full-time tuition, a University General Fee sufficient to defray the cost of student accident insurance, and student sickness insurance (if not waived by the student in accordance with Board policy), but the balance of the University General Fee as well as all other fees imposed by the Board shall be waived. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Student Affairs Office.
Graduate Interns – Part-time
Graduate Interns enrolled at any university within the Connecticut State University System as part-time graduate students shall receive a waiver of part-time tuition and all fees including summer session and winter session Extension fees up to a total maximum of 18 credit hours, provided the interns are enrolled in courses required for completion of their degree program. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Student Affairs Office.
The mandatory sickness insurance may be waived for full-time students if they provide a properly executed university waiver, which attests to the fact that they have adequate sickness insurance coverage from an insurance carrier licensed to operate in the United States and identifies the carrier and the policy number of the alternative insurance. The mandatory accident insurance for full-time students may not be waived. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 04/03/03. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
Out-of-State Scholarship Recipient
When the University is funding 100% of a student’s full scholarship a waiver for the difference between the out-of-state and in-state tuition and fee rates for students will be waived. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 02/26/15. For more information please contact the Athletics Department.
Part-time International Student
A waiver of part-time Tuition, General University Fee, the registration fee, and room and board for one semester, is authorized if approved by the university for any part-time international student whose home university has, in the judgment of the university president, provided services or waived tuition and/or fees of corresponding value for students and/or faculty of the Connecticut State University System. The university president will report annually by fiscal year the number of waivers, dollar amount, and justification for the waivers by July 15 to the Chancellor of the Connecticut State University System. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Office of International Education.
The University is authorized to waive room and board for any Resident Assistant. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Residence Life Office.
Senior Citizen (62 or older - part-time)
Tuition is waived for any resident of Connecticut sixty-two years of age or older who has been accepted for admission to such institution, provided (A) such person is enrolled in a degree-granting program, or (B) at the end of the regular registration period, there are enrolled in the course a sufficient number of students other than those persons eligible for waivers pursuant to this subdivision to offer the course in which such person intends to enroll and there is space available in such course after accommodating all such students. Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-3. A full waiver of the Extension fee (summer and winter sessions) is authorized as well. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Academic Advisement Office.
Senior Citizen (62 or older - full-time)
Tuition is waived for any resident of Connecticut sixty-two years of age or older who has been accepted for admission to such institution, provided (A) such person is enrolled in a degree-granting program, or (B) at the end of the regular registration period, there are enrolled in the course a sufficient number of students other than those persons eligible for waivers pursuant to this subdivision to offer the course in which such person intends to enroll and there is space available in such course after accommodating all such students. Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-3. A waiver of the University Fee is authorized for any Connecticut resident sixty-two years or older who is enrolled in a degree-granting program pursuant to the provisions of Section 10a-99 of the CGS. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Academic Advisement Office.
United Technologies Corp. Employee Scholar Program
All UTC eligible participants will be granted a 5% waiver off of the published class/subject tuition costs for all program offered at any of the Connecticut State University or Charter Oak State College either on campus or on-line during the spring and fall semesters and off of the published course fees for all programs delivered during the summer and winter session on campus or online. Per Connecticut Board of Regents on 10/15/15, program will run through 12/31/20. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
Tuition is waived for any veteran who performed service in time of war, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103, except that for purposes of this subsection, "service in time of war" shall not include time spent in attendance at a military service academy, who has been accepted for admission to such institution and is domiciled in this state at the time such veteran is accepted for admission to such institution. The state tuition waiver covers the amount of tuition which exceeds the tuition benefit received under the federal 2008 Post-9/11 Veteran Educational Assistance Act. Per Connecticut General Statutes 10a-99-d-2. A fifty (50%) percent Extension fee waiver (summer and winter sessions) is authorized as well. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
That the maximum amount of Yellow Ribbon waiver that will be provided per individual in any given academic year shall be equal to one-half of the differential between in-state and out-of-state tuition and required fees for the particular program in which the student is enrolled. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 05/05/11. For more information please contact the Bursar’s Office.
Note: Per Connecticut General Statute 10a-99-d, if any person who receives a tuition waiver, in accordance with the provisions above, also receives educational reimbursement from an employer, such waiver shall be reduced by the amount of such educational reimbursement. Further, Veterans described above shall be given the same status as students not receiving tuition waivers in registration for courses at Connecticut State Universities.
Graduate students who are matriculated and enrolled at least half-time (4.5 credit hours or more per semester) are eligible to apply for financial aid. To qualify, all applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov by our priority date of March 15. See our website for important processing dates. Southern Connecticut State University's (SCSU) school code is 001406. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) according to the University's SAP policy. (Go to SouthernCT.edu/financialaid to read the policy.)
The enrollment status of a graduate student will be determined by those attempted "graduate level" courses per semester as defined by the Registrar. Audited courses and undergraduate courses do not count toward attempted credits for financial aid purpose.
Graduate students seeking financial aid for the summer term must be formally admitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the beginning of May. OFAS reviews and processes all eligible students for summer financial aid up to the first day of Summer Session A.
Financial aid is not available for available for international students.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is a loan available to matriculated graduate students who are registered for at least 4.5 credit hours or more per semester. The student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and must comply with Selective Service regulations.
Graduate students may borrow under the Direct Unsubsidized Loan program, up to a maximum of $20,500 annually. (The federal government no longer offers Subsidized Loans to graduate students.) A graduate student's aggregate loan limit is $138,500 ($65,500 subsidized), including loans borrowed as an undergraduate. The interest rate on the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is 6.21% fixed and is subject to change. The borrower is responsible for making interest-only payments while attending school or interest on the load will capitalize. Repayment of both principal and interest begins six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half time. Loans are disbursed in two equal payments to the University. The Department of Education charges a loan fee which is deducted proportionately from each disbursement.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate Students
Graduate students may apply for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students. The student must be matriculated and enrolled at least half-time, and must maintain SAP as determined by the University. The student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, may not be in default on an educational loan, or owe a refund for Federal PELL, SEOG or state grants. The amount a student may borrow is based on credit approval and cannot exceed the cost of attendance minus financial aid. The interest rate is 7.21% fixed and is subject to change. Repayment of the loan begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed to the University. The student can request a deferment, which will postpone payment obligations. The Department of Education charges a loan fee which is deducted proportionately from each disbursement.
Federal Work Study Program (FWS)
FWS is a federal program that provides part-time employment opportunities for part- time and full-time matriculated students. Eligibility is based on need as determined by the federal processor. Employment opportunities on campus include jobs in the University's library, laboratories, facilities operations, health services, and various campus offices. Southern also places students in local, off-campus nonprofit agencies. Employment opportunities are numerous and can provide career-related experience. Students may work up to 20 hours a week while classes are in session, and 35 hours a week during holiday breaks and vacation periods.
Graduate Connecticut State University Grant
SCSU has a limited number of institutional grants for eligible full-time and part-time graduate students. To be considered for this grant, the student needs to be registered full-time (9+ credit hours per semester) or part-time (4.5 - 8.5 credit hours per semester). Also, the student must demonstrate financial need according to the federal financial aid definition: Cost of attendance (financial aid budget) minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) per FAFSA equals Need.
Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
The purpose of the NFLP is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full- time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time.
Students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet the following criteria to receive the NFLP loan:
- Must be a U.S. citizen or national of the U.S., or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and its territories.
- Must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time doctoral program that offers an education component to prepare qualified nurse faculty.
- Must maintain enrollment for a minimum of two consecutive terms/semesters during an academic year.
- Must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP).
- Must not be in default on any federal loans.
The NFLP loan can help with the cost of tuition, fees, books and laboratory expenses. The NFLP loan cannot be used for room, board, personal, transportation and living expenses.
There is a limited amount of NFLP available. The NFLP is a non-need based loan program. The loan cannot exceed $35,500 per academic year, and not to exceed 5 years of support.
The grace period for NFLP loan repayment is 9 months and begins immediately after the individual ceases to pursue a course of study at the school of nursing. The interest rate of 3 percent begins 3-months after the borrower graduates from the program. The borrower will be given up to 10 years to repay the loan.
NFLP borrowers who fail to establish employment as a full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing must begin repayment of the NFLP loan following the 9-month grace period at the prevailing market interest rate. The current interest rate is 10.5%.
The borrower must serve as full-time nurse faculty for a consecutive four-year period at an accredited school of nursing following graduation from the program to cancel the maximum amount of the loan.
The borrower may cancel:
- 20 percent of the principal and the interest on the amount of unpaid loan balance upon completion of each of the first, second, and third year of full-time employment; and
- 25 percent of the principal and the interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon completion of the fourth year of full-time employment.
- Students who are interested in the NFLP loans must complete the following:
- Sign the award letter accepting the NFLP loan,
- Attend an entrance counseling session,
- Complete and sign the NFLP Loan Application,
- Sign the borrower's rights and responsibilities statement,
- Sign the NFLP Promissory Note,
- Sign the NFLP Loan Disclosure,
- Sign the self-certification forms.
The purpose of graduate assistantships is to allow well qualified matriculated graduate students to participate in institutional activities academically relevant to the student's program of study. SCSU has three graduate assistantship programs: (1) an academic department graduate assistantship (GA); (2) a Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program; and (3) a Graduate School Graduate Assistantship (GSGA) program. The academic department graduate assistantship (GA) is administered under the auspices of the academic department. The GRF and GSGA programs are administered under the School of Graduate Studies.
Academic Department Graduate Assistantship
Graduate assistants must be fully admitted to the Graduate School and pursuing work leading to a master 's degree, Ed.D, sixth-year certificate, post-master's planned program, or post-baccalaureate teacher certification. Graduate assistants are appointed by the dean of the school in which the graduate assistant (GA) is to be employed upon recommendation of the department chair where the GA is to be employed. GA's are expected to be enrolled in required courses within their planned program of graduate study and/or prerequisites necessary to offset any undergraduate deficiencies prior to undertaking the graduate program of study. To receive or maintain a GA position, a minimum GPA of 3.00 for all post-baccalaureate course work completed at SCSU is required. GA's may be required to meet other specific criteria within the department.
There are two levels of academic department graduate assistantships. Full-time graduate assistants appointed to provide 20 hours of service per week or 300 total hours of service per semester and half-time graduate assistants appointed to provide 10 hours of service per week or 150 hours of service per semester. Full-time graduate assistants will be compensated at the rate of $4,800 per semester. Half-time graduate assistants will be compensated at the rate of $2,400 per semester.
Full-time graduate assistants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student (9 or more credit hours per semester). Half-time graduate assistants may be either a full-time graduate student, as defined above, or a part-time graduate student for this policy is defined as a graduate student enrolled for 4.5 or greater credit hours but fewer than 9 credit hours per semester. For both full-time and part-time graduate students, all credit hours for which the student is registered must be part of the approved program plan on file with the department and the Registrar 's office.
Academic department graduate assistantship appointments may be made for fall semester only, spring semester only, or fall and spring semesters. Graduate assistantships may be renewed for additional semesters at the discretion of the employing department or unit provided the student meets all eligibility criteria for that GA position, i.e., enrollment status, GPA, and any other departmental criteria.
Full-time and half-time graduate assistants who are full-time students will pay in-state or out-of-state tuition as defined in Board Policy and as stated in the current graduate catalog. Half-time graduate assistants who are part-time students will pay in-state or out-of-state tuition and all course fees including the General University Fee as defined in the Board Policy and as stated in the current graduate catalog. The following fees will be waived for both full-time and half-time graduate assistants: State University Fee; University General Fee except for that portion attributable to student accident insurance; and the Student Activity Fee. The usual waiver policy for health insurance applies. It should be noted that half-time graduate assistants who are part-time students are not assessed these fees.
A student may be employed as a graduate assistant outside of his/her program of study, provided that the assistantship is academically relevant (e.g., a graduate student pursuing a degree in English could be employed in the Social Work department). When a student is employed outside of his/her program of study, notification should be provided to the department chair and the school dean of the student's program of study by the employing department or unit. Students cannot hold other University supported positions (such as graduate student worker; graduate research fellow; graduate teaching assistant; research administrative assistant; resident advisor; graduate intern, or adjunct faculty) while holding the GA position.
Annual review of full-time equivalent (FTE) graduate assistantships will take place between the dean of the school, the department chairperson, and the graduate coordinator as appropriate. One full-time equivalent graduate assistantship is defined as a full-time graduate assistant employed for both the fall and spring terms of an academic year (300 hours of service for two semesters receiving compensation of $9,600 for the two semesters.) During the annual review, the decision of the dean after consultation with the department may be made to hold the number of FTE graduate assistantships steady for the department, decrease the number of FTE graduate assistantships as dictated by the needs and size of the graduate program in the department, or request an increase in the number of FTE graduate assistantships as dictated by the needs and size of the graduate program for the department. The ability to maintain or increase FTE graduate assistantships will be dependent on the overall university budget allocation assigned to support graduate education for any academic year.
The University may provide, from other funds at their disposition, scholarships or grants to supplement the above stipends.
Graduate Research Fellowship
The Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) is a non-need based award administered through the School of Graduate Studies and is contingent upon: (1) acceptance to a graduate degree or sixth-year certificate and (2) a minimum 3.2 grade point average for all undergraduate work. In addition, applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 for all completed graduate work.
Students must be enrolled either full-time or part-time during the year of the award. Students cannot hold other University supported positions (such as graduate student worker; graduate research fellow; graduate teaching assistant; research administrative assistant; resident advisor; graduate intern, or adjunct faculty) while holding the GRF award. During the academic year, the student engages in scholarly research related to the student's academic discipline. At the conclusion of each academic year, the fellows deliver oral presentations summarizing their research. Applications require departmental nomination and sponsorship by a member of the graduate faculty who will mentor the fellow during the year of the fellowship. The student's scholarly research must be of a quality that can be submitted for refereed publication, presentation, or in a refereed creative activity appropriate to the academic discipline.
Each GRF award involves a scholarship/stipend totaling $12,000 for the academic year. Up to ten awards will be made for the academic year by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
Graduate School Graduate Assistantship
The Graduate School Graduate Assistantship (GSGA) is a non-need based award administered through the School of Graduate Studies and is contingent upon: (1) acceptance to a graduate degree or sixth-year certificate; (2) the achievement of a minimum 3.2 grade point average for all undergraduate coursework; and (3) a 3.75 grade point average for all graduate coursework.
Students must be enrolled either full-time or part-time during the year of the award. Students cannot hold other University supported positions (such as graduate student worker; graduate research fellow; graduate teaching assistant; research administrative assistant; resident advisor; graduate intern, or adjunct faculty) while holding the GSGA award.
GSGA awardees will be required to complete an average of 20 contact hours of work per week during the academic year. Specific activities will be dependent on the nature of the assistantship offered by the department/administrative unit and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Two types of GSGA's are: (1) graduate teaching assistantship; and (2) graduate research assistantship.
Each GSGA award involves a scholarship/stipend totaling $12,000 for the academic year. Up to ten awards will be made for the academic year by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
Student Affairs Graduate Intern Opportunities
The graduate internship prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities in student services at the postsecondary level. This program provides students with an opportunity to develop first hand knowledge of student affairs professions and gain hands-on experience in many areas with the Division of Student Affairs. Furthermore the Graduate Internship program will afford students the opportunity to analyze the functions of various administrative departments, to examine the relation of departments to each other and to the institution, and to understand contemporary societal issues and their impact from an institutional perspective. Working with experienced student affairs administrators the interns will work to improve the quality of campus life, foster a safe, healthy and respectful environment, support academic achievement and success, and promote leadership and civic engagement. The interns also participate in University wide projects and professional development opportunities to begin developing a professional network.
Graduate Internships are 10 month positions (early August through May), 35 hours per week. Interns work with various offices within the Division of Student and University Affairs. In some instances summer work may be available. It is anticipated that internships will be offered for 2 consecutive academic years, however, due to funding and performance considerations positions are offered as a single year appointment — subject to renewal and are contingent on an applicant being accepted and maintaining good standing in an appropriate graduate program at SCSU.
Tuition waiver for up to a total of 18 credits as a part-time graduate student during the academic year starting in the fall and ending in the summer, including Winter session and Summer session. Graduate students attending Southern full-time shall be required to pay full-time General Fund tuition, and a University General fee for accident/health insurance. Whether part-time or full-time, the student must pay all other University fees.
Remuneration of $15,000. Summer employment opportunities may be available.