• Education & Universities 

  • Graduate Student Grant Program

  • The Graduate Student Grant Program provides direct payments to Graduate Student Loan servicers for up to $10,000 over two years, paid in semi-annual installments. Applications are due by Sunday, October 15, 2023. Awards will be made at The Big Connect, GNHCC’s business expo, on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.

    Applicants to this program must: 
    • Either have earned a graduate degree in the past five years or will be earning a graduate degree by June 2024
    • Either be employed or be promised future employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a public service nonprofit organization* (The employer must have current 501c3 status with the IRS) 
    • Work for a nonprofit in one of the following municipalities: Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven or Woodbridge 
    • Have previously received need-related student loans through such vehicles as the GSLA (Stafford) or NDSL (Perkins) programs during their graduate studies 
    • Have a personal annual income of less than $85,000 at the time of the award 

    *Qualifying nonprofits are: human services, arts, environment, community development organizations

    If awarded, the program will forward payment directly to the Loan Servicer for four consecutive periods (over two years) during which the applicant must remain employed by a nonprofit that meets the criteria described. At the time of the award, and immediately prior to each loan payment, awardees will (1) submit documentation on existing loan balances, and (2) submit current verification of employment noting hours per week and salary. Eligibility due to changes in employment will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Loan payments will not exceed the existing balance on any loan.





    Award recipients will be honored during the Nonprofit Awards Ceremony at The Big Connect, Business Expo, on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.


  • Colleges and Universities

  • The Greater New Haven area has a long history as an education center with Hopkins Grammar School, founded on the New Haven Green in 1660 and Yale University, which dates to 1701. The area also has an extraordinary number of schools, colleges and universities for its size.  Local universities include graduate schools in architecture, fine arts, arts & sciences, business, drama, divinity, forensic science, forestry and environmental studies, hospitality, law, management, medicine, music, nursing, public health, and other professions.

    Albertus Magnus College
    Albertus Magnus College- New Dimensions

    Charter Oak State College
    Gateway Community College
    Quinnipiac University
    Southern CT State University
    Stone Academy
    University of New Haven
    Yale University

  • New Haven Network for Public Education


    The New Haven Network for Public Education, Inc. (formerly the New Haven Public Education Fund) was created as an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in 1986 in response to concerns the New Haven community has expressed regarding public education.

    The Mission of the New Haven Network for Public Education is to facilitate community advocacy in order to improve and achieve the highest quality of public education for all children in New Haven Public Schools.

    For more information, contact Garrett Sheehan at 203-782-4389.