Dear CSU-AAUP Member,

We are writing to ask you to help CSU-AAUP support the Governor’s Scholarship Program created by SB 844 by writing to the members of the Appropriations Committee listed after the text of this email. The proposed Governor’s Scholarship Program combines the three existing state funded student financial aid programs into a single need-based program with a need-merit award available to high achieving high school students. The three existing state funded programs are Connecticut Independent College Student Grant, Connecticut Aide to Public College Students, and the Capitol Scholarship, and they are only one form of financial aid that institutions may award.

The Governor’s Scholarship Program will correct a major flaw in the need-based programs: the lack of consistency in award amounts students may receive based on their college choice. Currently, the colleges determine the amount of funding an individual student will receive. Therefore, students with the same financial need may receive dramatically different amounts depending on the college they attend. This was not because of any mistakes or improper administration of the awards, but it demonstrates the need for a change.

Under the new proposal, colleges would be required to give the same award amount to students who exhibit similar financial need, based on the federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This change ensures that Connecticut’s neediest students are being treated fairly and equitably no matter which Connecticut college or university they attend. In addition, a major focus of this program is retention and completion. There is an incentive award for any student who completes a required number of credits each year and achieves a required grade point average based on their peers’ performance at all schools. We think this will encourage students to keep on track toward graduation. Finally, the Governor’s Scholarship Program will now provide awards to eligible part-time students and consider the cost of textbooks. These provisions were not part of the original proposal.

The Governor’s Scholarship Program will better assist students and their families to plan and make decisions based on their individual financial situations, because they now will know how much aid they will receive from the state prior to choosing which Connecticut college or university to attend. The Governor’s Scholarship Program is a dramatically improved aid program and a huge step forward for Connecticut’s students and institutions of higher education.

Members of the Appropriations Committee

Minnie Gonzalez  
Edwin Vargas  
Douglas McCrory  
Henry Genga  
Timothy LeGeyt  
Andrew Fleischmann  
Marilyn Giuliano  
Peter Tercyak  
Melissa Ziobron  
Elizabeth Ritter  
Ernest Hewett  
Diana Urban  
Mae Flexer  
Linda Orange  
Bryan Hurlburt  
Gregory Haddad  
David Kiner  
Elaine O’Brien  
Jay Case  
Roberta Willis  
Craig Miner  
Arthur O’Neill  
Victor Cuevas  
Matthew Lesser Matthew.Lesser@cga.ct.go v  
Noreen Kokoruda  
Al Adinolfi  
Mitch Bolinsky  
Charles Clemons  
Kevin Ryan  
Joan Hartley  
Joe Markley  
Andrew Maynard  
Clark Chapin  
Robert Kane  
Whit Betts  
Frank Nicastro  
Robert Sampson  
Catherine Abercrombie  
Patricia Dillon  
Toni Walker  
Gary Holder-Winfield  
Juan Candelaria  
Jason Perillo  
Themis Klarides  
Christina “Tita” Ayala  
Ezequiel Santiago  
Terrie Wood  
Gail Lavielle  
Patricia Billie Miller  
Beth Bye  
Terry Gerratana  
Toni Harp  
Kevin Kelly  
Bob Duff