Pledge to Advance Connecticut PACT

PACT - Pledge to Advance Connecticut

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What is PACT?

NEW! The 2022 legislative session has provided for the expansion of the PACT program to students taking between six (6) and eleven (11) credits, effective July 1, 2022 and applicable to the Fall 2022 semester.  This new eligibility extends to all current students in the PACT program, making Connecticut’s free college program one of the most expansive in the country. We will be updating our information as more details are provided.  

Pledge to Advance Connecticut (PACT) is a program to support Connecticut residents who qualify to earn a degree or qualifying certificate without taking on debt. PACT supports first-time students entering community college and who meet the qualifications of the program. Entry into the program will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Qualifications    Apply to NVCC   FAFSA    Returning PACT Students

"What is PACT?" Video

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  • submit FAFSA, accept all aid
  •  apply to NVCC and register for classes 

See qualifications.

See PACT FAQ's.

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36 Months

The PACT program covers 3 years of tuition and fees.

72 Credits

The maximum number of credits that can be earned with PACT.

6 Credits*

The minimum number of credits per semester required for PACT eligibility.

*NEW! The 2022 legislative session has provided for the expansion of the PACT program to students taking between six (6) and eleven (11) credits, effective July 1, 2022 and applicable to the Fall 2022 semester.  We will be updating our information as more details are provided.  

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Questions?
Admissions Team Contact:
Blayre Millo
Waterbury Campus
Kinney 500B
203-575-8079
bmillo@nv.edu

Returning PACT Students

Continuing NVCC students currently enrolled in PACT, please ensure to register as soon as possible for best class availability and to make certain that you have maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for continued PACT participation.

Questions?  Don't hesitate to talk to your advisor for class selections, questions about PACT, or registration concerns.  We are here for you!

Qualifications

Qualifications

In order to have your tuition and fees covered by the State of Connecticut PACT program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of the State of Connecticut.
    • Be a Connecticut High School graduate. GED Program or Home Schooled students qualify. 
    • Must be attending College for the first time.
    • Enroll as a part-time or full-time student (6+ credits/semester)
    • You must enroll in a credit degree or credit-bearing certificate program or developmental educational courses.
    • Completion of the FAFSA is required for each academic year.

    Please adhere to the published deadlines to qualify for the PACT program.

      At this time, PACT does not cover the following:

      • You are currently enrolled at a Connecticut Community College and have not participated in PACT. 
      • Attendance at any institution of higher education as a credit student in the past
      • Attended trade school. 
      • Summer session does not count towards full-time status.
      • You have previously earned a College degree.

      You must enroll as a full-time student (12+ credits) and remain as a full-time student in consecutive semesters. Please read the "Who Qualifies?" tab for complete list of requirements.

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      If you have earned college credit in high school you still qualify for PACT.  Please note, any college credits earned after high school completion and before full-time enrollment could disqualify you from being PACT eligible. If you are considering taking summer or winter classes, please contact Admissions prior to registering.

      PACT is NOT need based but requires all students to apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year that you are attending community college.

      You must meet satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

      Please adhere to the published deadlines to qualify for the PACT program.

      Students with disabilities can qualify for PACT.

      You must work with NVCC's Disability coordinator and with your academic advisor to determine the maximum number of credit hours feasible for enrollment. 

      Please adhere to the published deadlines to qualify for the PACT program.

      Veterans can receive PACT funding and must adhere to the enrollment deadlines and student status information included in Who Qualifies?

      The following extenuating circumstances may be considered:

      • Documented military deployment (must re-enroll within four years of discharge)
      FAQ's

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Can I apply for PACT if I took college courses in high school?

      College credits completed prior to high school graduation will not preclude a student from participating in PACT.

      Where do I go to fill out my FAFSA? And what is NVCC's school code?

      To complete your FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.gov.

      To ensure that NVCC receives your FAFSA, be sure to add our federal school code: 006982

      Which programs at my community college are eligible?

      Any degree or certificate program that can utilize Title IV funding at 72 credits over 36 months is eligible. For example, you can go into Nursing, Culinary Arts...etc.

      If I'm already a student at a CT Community College, am I eligible?

      No. PACT is only available for first-time, full-time students enrolling for the Fall 2020 semester onward.

      I have some learning challenges and/or health concerns that may make it difficult to take 12 credits per semester. May I still apply for PACT?

      If you have a documented disability, we will work with you and your advisor to figure out the most credit hours that youll be able to take for enrollment.

      Do you have to accept the Stafford Loan as part of the FAFSA before PACT kicks in?

      No. Applicants must accept all grants (Pell and Roberta Willis grants), not loans, before PACT funding becomes available.

      I attended trade school, but did not finish. Can I apply for PACT?

      No. Trade school and postsecondary school counts as prior enrollment, but we still encourage students to apply as many other financial aid packages are available.

      I graduated from a CT high school a long time ago and would be a first time college enrollee. May I take advantage of the program?

      Under the law as is currently written, yes. However, there are proposals in the legislature that could alter eligibility. Details regarding specific qualifications are still being worked out and will be announced as soon as they are determined.

      Are there any income requirements for PACT eligibility?

      Under the law as is currently written, no. However, there are proposals in the legislature that could alter eligibility. Details regarding specific qualifications are still being worked out and will be announced as soon as they are determined.

      I graduated with a GED. Can I take advantage of the program?

      Yes, as long as you meet all other eligibility requirements.

      Do you have Spanish speaking admission representatives for students with Spanish speaking parents that want to enroll in PACT?

      Yes, there are multilingual representatives at each college to assist students.

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