Financial Aid & Scholarships

Make paying for college practical

Whether you are a full-time or part-time student, you may qualify for Financial Aid.  Financial aid can come from a variety of sources.  You may qualify for one or more federal, state, institutional; or private programs.  Also, Financial Aid comes in different forms such as scholarships, loans, and work-study grants.

First step: Create an FSA-ID

An FSA-ID is a username and password that you must create to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (   You will also use your  FSA-ID  to login U.S. Department of Education websites, and National Student Loan Data System (

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

When you are ready to get started visit the FAFSA website and complete the application using our Federal School Code 009765.  You may also find our FAFSA tutorial videos helpful.  However, if you would like us to assist you in completing your application, please follow these very important instructions, and then register for a Financial Aid Workshop.

What comes after FAFSA?

After completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and using our Federal School Code 009765 we will receive your FAFSA electronically.  Our Financial Aid Office will then review and apply any potential sources of funding you are eligible for. Depending on your financial status and other eligibility factors, you may qualify for additional sources of aid. The Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website has lots of detailed information.

Federal Pell Grants

Pell Grants are need-based, do not have to be paid back, and awarded only to students who have not earned a bachelor’s, or a professional degree.  If you are eligible for a Pell Grant our Financial Aid Office will apply it to your Three Rivers student account.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Supplemental Grants are available to Three Rivers Community College students.  Amounts and availability vary from year to year and are awarded only to Federal Pell Grant recipients who have acute financial hardship.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan

These fixed-rate student loans do not require you to make any payments until six months after you leave college or if you reduce your course loan to under six credit hours.  To see if you qualify for a Direct Loan, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (860) 215-9040 to schedule an appointment for information on our institutional process, your eligibility, amounts, and interests rates.

Connecticut Aid for Public College Students & Community College Grant Program

Connecticut residents who demonstrate serious financial need may qualify for these grants. Our Financial Aid office will award these based on funding availability and individual eligibility, which includes satisfactory academic progress.


Applicants may contact our Financial Aid office at (860) 215-9040 to check if they are eligible.   Our Financial Aid Department has a list of any work-study job openings.   In-state students may also be eligible for state-funded Community College Work-Study funding. Work-study funding is also needs-based.

Other Loans

Parents’ Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

This program allows parents of dependent students to borrow in their own name through the Federal Direct Loan Program to help meet the student’s educational expenses.

Private educational loans

If you have exhausted all federal and state aid options, you can consider a private educational loan, which generally have higher interest rates. The FinAid website has a useful comparison chart; information on the Federal Aid First website can help you understand the differences between federal and private student loans.


We encourage all students to pursue scholarship opportunities: many civic groups, large employers, cultural and religious institutions, and other organizations make scholarships available. High school students should check with their guidance office for opportunities to apply.

Once you are enrolled at Three Rivers, there are a number of grants and scholarships you can apply for through the school. Three Rivers scholarships take into consideration your area of study, proven academic performance, and other circumstances. Your academic advisor and our Financial Aid office can help you with these.

View all scholarship opportunities.

First Generation College Students

Are you a first student in your family to attend college?

According to the U.S. Department of Education NCES, nearly one-third of all incoming freshman each year are first generation college students who are defined as learners coming from a family where neither of their parents or guardians have obtained a college degree. Students in this category often face obstacles their peers don’t experience, but with the right inside knowledge, they can be successful in their college career.

We’ve found an excellent webpage that is a great start — the First Generation College Student Guide. It provides information on financial aid, checklists, timelines, and more, helping you understand the challenges and unknowns while also offering concrete guidance, support and resources.


Contact the Financial Aid Office at 860-215-9040 or