If you’re older and considering returning to school, you’re not alone. Like others, you probably have many questions, including: “Can I apply for college financial aid?”
Yes, your age makes no difference; neither does whether you work or attend college part-time or full-time. You must, however, show financial need and be enrolled in a degree program (taking at least six credits) in order to be eligible to receive Federal and most State aid. Any degree-seeking student can apply for the merit based Lyme Academy Scholarships or other private grants. When searching for grants, look for all those that apply to you as an older student (non-traditional) returning to college. If you already have an Undergraduate Degree you will not be eligible for the Federal PELL Grant, but you can still apply for Loans.
“How is financial need determined?”
Your Federal financial need is determined by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available on the web at http://www.fafsa.gov (code # is 001397). You also become eligible to apply for Federal Loans by filing the FAFSA.
“Is there Merit Aid available?”
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts offers scholarships as well as need-based assistance. All students who complete the application process are considered for scholarships with priority given to those who complete the application process by February 15. Students are notified of their financial aid awards, including scholarships, shortly after being offered admission to the College, presuming that all the necessary paperwork has been submitted.
If you are a veteran, you should first determine if you qualify for Educational Benefits, and then what your benefits will cover by contacting the VA. Information to determine your eligibility for Educational benefits is available on-line at http://www.gibill.va.gov.
Complete the appropriate application form (VA Form 22-1990 or VA Form 22-5490) or view education benefit eligibility information, current rates and answers to frequently asked questions, including the new Post-911 GI Bill (effective 8/01/2009). You may also call a benefits counselor at 1-888-442-4551 (at prompt hit 1 to indicate touch-tone and then hit 0 to reach a VA counselor). For changes of direct-deposit arrangements call 877-838-2778.
Telephone Verification of Enrollment - Just call 1-877-823-2378 and follow the prompts. Use of this system eliminates the need for the student to sign and return the VA Form 22-8979 every month.
Points of Contact for VA Students in Connecticut:
CT VA Regional Office
Dept. of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 310909
555 Willard Avenue
Newington, CT 06131-0909
CT Education Liaison Representative:
Mr. Gerard Jacques at 860-666-7324
Buffalo Regional Office
PO Box 4616
Buffalo NY 14202-4616