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November 23, 2014



A college scholarship is a monetary award based on criteria given by the awarding party. It can be given on the basis of academic merit, athletic ability, financial need or other criteria specific to the group giving the award. Educational grants and scholarships are the best kind of financial aid, for one simple reason: it's free money. To make your journey to college a little easier, the African-American Affairs Commission has compiled a listing of available scholarships and information to assist you with your search. In this booklet you will find a brief description of each scholarship. Each scholarship contains contact information and/or links that will direct you to the actual scholarship. Click on the scholarship link provided or cut and paste the website address into your browser.


Teachers Have Lower Expectations for Students of Color and Students from Low-Income Backgrounds


A new report published today by the Center for American Progress found that teachers have lower expectations for students of color and those from high-poverty backgrounds. The report also found that high school students who have teachers with higher expectations were more than three times more likely to graduate from college than their peers.

The idea that people do better when more is expected of them is often described as the "Pygmalion Effect," and because of the national debate over the Common Core standards, there has been increased focus on the power of expectations in recent months.

The report, titled "The Power of the Pygmalion Effect," was authored by CAP Senior Fellow Ulrich Boser, Researcher Megan Wilhelm, and Senior Policy Analyst Robert Hanna. It analyzed data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Education Longitudinal Study, or ELS, which followed the progression of a nationally representative sample of 10th grade students from 2002 to 2012.   Read the full report here.  or PDF Version


A new program offers up to three free 3-credit college courses for eligible residents who enroll at one of the 17 institutions in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system.

Connecticut residents who last attended college prior to December 1, 2012 and were enrolled in an associate or bachelor's degree program (or completed an associate's degree), are eligible.

To learn more about this limited time program, visit the Go Back to Get Ahead website, or call toll-free 1-844-GBTGA-CT.


With College Tuition Prices in Connecticut on the Rise,
Can You Afford to Pay?


A new report on student debt in Connecticut reveals the challenges students and their parents experience trying to pay for a college education.  The report, "A Mountain of Debt," was released by a new coalition called Higher Ed, not Debt CT. The report reveals some bleak statistics. Click below to continue.  

Time to apply to college:         

 The College Database has created a comprehensive guide to navigating and surviving the college admissions process for students and their parents.  Get the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the college admissions process. This guide helps demystify the college application process overall. Print it out and refer to it often.

The mission is to make this process easier by organizing all college application steps into a single easy-to-use resource:

 Financial Aid for Minority Students  

This comprehensive scholarship list includes financial aid opportunities exclusively reserved for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups, as well as more generalized awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic.


Most Affordable Online Colleges & Universities

5/29 is College Savings Plan Day

CHET, - Connecticut Higher Education Trust, is the 529 college savings plan for Connecticut. 529 plans are tax-advantaged investments designed to encourage college savings for children.

Funds invested in CHET accounts can be withdrawn tax-free for qualifying education expenses, and a CT state income tax deduction is available for CHET contributions.

Visit their website or call (866) 314-3939 to learn more.



What are the Benefits? Click Here . . .


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   Harvard University Announcement
No Tuition No Student Loans !

Harvard University

Harvard University announced that students from low-income families will not have to pay tuition. In making the announcement, former Harvard University President, Lawrence H. Summers stated, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. Students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

African-American Affairs Commission Connecticut  General Assembly
State Capitol 210 Capitol Avenue, Room 509 Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 240-8555 Fax: (860) 240-8444