Connecticut’s Free Community College Program

July 9, 2021

Pledge to Advance Connecticut (PACT) was established by the legislature in 2019 to provide free tuition for students attending all twelve community colleges. PACT bridges the tuition gap students may have after receiving scholarships and other financial aid – and we allocated funds for this critical program in our new state budget.
 
Don't delay! Students must apply by July 15 to take advantage of PACT. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis.
 
To qualify for PACT, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of a public or private Connecticut high school (GED and home-schooled students qualify).
  • Be a first-time college student (those who participated in dual enrollment programs while in high school are not excluded).
  • Complete the FAFSA and accept all awards.
  • Attend community college full-time (12 or more credits per semester).
  • Enroll in classes today for first come, first served consideration.
  • Participate in a degree or credit-bearing certificate program.
  • Once enrolled, remain in good academic standing.

Students from all financial backgrounds are eligible.
 
To get started, click here.

PACT is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning grants cover any expenses remaining after students have exhausted federal, state and institutional financial aid opportunities. In fact, even students who have all their tuition and fees covered by financial aid are eligible for at least $250 per semester.
 
Still have questions? Click here for the PACT Manual.
 
We are fulfilling our promise of tuition-free community college because everyone deserves a quality education that can put students on the path to success.