How is scholarship eligibility determined?
Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility requirements defined by the person or people who started the fund.

How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving?
It is free; there is no charge to apply.

Will I receive a check if I am awarded a scholarship?
No. All scholarship checks are made payable to the college or university you are attending and mailed directly to the Bursar’s Office or the Financial Aid Office of your school.

If a scholarship is renewable, will I automatically receive it the following year?
No. For most scholarship funders, including the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, you must reapply each year for a renewal award.

Typically, the Hartford Foundation requires students to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to qualify for a renewal scholarship. Renewal applications and instructions for the Hartford Foundation College Scholarship Program are e-mailed or mailed to students sometime in June.

If you have any questions about how to renew a scholarship award, contact the organization that awarded your scholarship the first year.

Do I need to pay my scholarship back?

May I defer an award for another year?
Yes, you may defer your award from the Hartford Foundation so long as you communicate with the Foundation about your reason for deferral. Awards cannot be deferred indefinitely. Scholarships awarded from other organizations will have their own renewal procedures.

What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed by all students who want to apply for financial aid grants (free money) or loans (have to pay back). Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

What is the SAR?
The Student Aid Report is sent to you after your FAFSA has been processed. It is a summary of your FAFSA information and may include further instructions.

What is the EFC?
The Expected Family Contribution is part of your SAR. It is the amount you and your family are expected to contribute to your college education for one year. The contribution may be through personal payments or through loans.

Some schools will offer you enough financial aid (through grants and/or loans) that you will not have to pay all of this amount; other schools will offer less financial aid, requiring you to pay more than this amount.

What is the difference between a loan, a grant and a scholarship?
A loan must be paid back.

A grant is free money.

A scholarship must be applied for and awarded; it is also free money.

Do I have to live in Hartford to apply for a scholarship from Hartford Foundation College Scholarship Program?
The Hartford Foundation College Scholarship Program is for students residing in, or attending high school in, any town in the 29-town Greater Hartford area. Click here to see the list of towns.

Do I have to attend a four-year college to apply for a scholarship from the Hartford Foundation College Scholarship Program?
Yes, these scholarships are only for graduating high school seniors who will attend a four-year college full time in the fall.

What if I will be going to a community college or enrolling in a certificate program or going to college after a year or more?
Use the Criteria Search to find scholarships for which you fit the criteria.

How can I find out about other scholarships?
Contact or visit your local library, your high school guidance office, your high school career center, or your college financial aid office.

There are also many websites that offer free scholarship searches; you should never pay for a scholarship search.

See the Online Resources page for a list of websites that offer scholarship searches.

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