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Financial Aid

Need Help Paying for College?

Naugatuck Valley Community College offers financial aid to help qualified students meet their educational expenses. Our Financial Aid staff is available to assist students in determining their eligibility for the various sources of aid available. While not everyone will qualify for assistance, a student should never assume he or she is ineligible without applying first. A wide spectrum of variables affect the application process, therefore many possible options exist that may pertain to a student’s particular circumstances.

The evaluation of one's financial need is based on an analysis of several factors; e.g. student and/or family income, family size, assets and liabilities, and the number of family members in school. In addition to the above, the school's total allocation of funds for an academic year is also a factor that determines the amount of aid a student can receive.

Getting Started

Apply each academic year that you wish to be considered for financial aid. The FAFSA is now available as early as October 1 for the following academic year. For the current academic year, including Fall 2020, Winter 2020-21, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021, you should complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. For the next academic year, including Fall 2021, Winter 2021-22, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022, complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA (available after Oct. 1, 2020). The 2020/2021 FAFSAs will require your 2019 income information, and the 2021/2022 FAFSA will require your 2020 income information. If you filed a federal tax return, you will be able to use the Data Retrieval Tool on both the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 application to connect your IRS information to your FAFSA, saving time and ensuring accuracy.

Helpful Hints for Applicants

    • Apply early!
    • Have “start-up” money available when beginning classes. The financial aid reimbursement process takes between four to six weeks to complete and cannot begin until the registration and add/drop period is over for the semester.
    • Keep mailing and email addresses current with the Financial Aid Office and other departments such as Admissions and the Registrar.
    • Keep the Financial Aid Office informed of any changes in enrollment status.


As a result of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), financial aid administrators and college staff at Naugatuck Valley Community College are prohibited from disclosing personal information relating to student financial and academic records.  While we realize that many parents take a leading role in helping their children apply for financial aid, please understand that our financial aid staff are limited in the type of information they can share with you over the phone and in person without the student's written permission.

Students must complete and submit a Student Consent Form to the Financial Aid Office (Kinney 512) in order to provide parental/guardian or third-party access to information. This form is optional.


Descriptions of financial aid programs are subject to change, due to possible changes in federal, state, and College policies, and/or due to changes in funding levels. The Financial Aid Office will make every reasonable effort to keep applicants and students aware of any such changes.