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Federal Pell Grant
A Federal Pell Grant is considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added. Unlike a loan, a Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.

Grant amounts are dependent on:

  •  your financial need,
  •  your cost of attendance,
  •  your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  •  your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
    *Please note: federal regulations prohibit students from receiving Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school during the same semester.


NEW Federal Pell Grant award limits:

Effective July 1, 2012, you can receive the federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent of 600% (roughly six years).

The federal Pell grant will be limited to the equivalent of six full-time years of study (600%.) Once this amount has been reached, you will no longer be able to receive Pell grant funds. Make sure you work closely with your advisor to take only those classes you need for your degree so that you have Pell funds available after your transfer to a 4-year college! Pell is only available for undergraduate students.

If you attend full-time, each full year you attend Naugatuck Valley Community College counts as one full year or 100% of the 600% total Pell Grant Lifetime Limit. If you attend part-time, the percentage of Pell Grant used is adjusted to reflect your part-time registration status. All classes count towards this lifetime limit whether they are passed or failed courses and even if they do not count towards your degree.

You’ll receive a notice if you’re getting close to your limit. If you have any questions, contact your NVCC financial aid office.  You may also learn more by clicking here.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Federal Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Awards range between $50 and $4,000 a year, depending on your financial need, when you apply, the amount of other aid you get, and the availability of funds at your school. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid.  More information on this program here.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Grant 

The Naugatuck Valley Community College grant is funded by the college and available to qualified students who are residents of Connecticut. This program provides grants in varying amounts to students demonstrating financial need.  Funds awarded from this program do not have to be repaid.

Roberta B. Willis (Governor’s) Scholarship
This grant program is funded by the State of Connecticut and is available to CT residents.  These funds are allocated to the college by the State of Connecticut and are awarded based upon financial need and funds available, in accordance with the state’s policy. Students must be working towards their first Associate or Bachelor degree. More information on this scholarship here

CHESLA Need-Based Scholarship Program
Recipients must be Connecticut Residents enrolled at least part time.  A student must demonstrate financial need, as determined by NVCC’s review of the FAFSA.  Recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, and must not be in default on any CHESLA Loan.

CARES ACT Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting:  Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students