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The NHHEAF Network Organizations is always eager to explore new ways to educate students and parents about the college process. For 2012, a partnership with a local radio station WTPL has produced "Sunday School with the College Gurus from NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation". This 30-minute talk radio program airs each and every Sunday morning on 107.7 the Pulse, and 94.3 FM and 1400 FM, the Pulse of the upper Valley. Each week, the college counselors (a.k.a. "Gurus") from NHHEAF talk college - tips for planning and tips for paying. Special guests enhance the show with information about a variety of topics related to education beyond high school.

Do you have questions about college; are you concerned about the cost? Whatever your question, send or find us on Facebook or Twitter. If we read your question on the air, you'll win a free I Am College Bound t-shirt!

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College Gurus Radio Show - 6/02/13 :

New student orientation. Roommates. College gear shopping tips. Senior College Outreach Specialist Jay Hauser shares his best advice for high school grads as they prepare to step foot on campus for the fall! Topics include: making the most of the first three weeks of school, getting to know the RA and faculty advisors, and essential school supplies for a college freshman.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 5/26/13 :

"Transforming hearts and minds to serve the world" This is the motto of Nashua's Catholic campus, Rivier University. On this week’s program, Ann Parks, Admission Director of Rivier University, talks about the many opportunities available at the Nashua campus and beyond. Learn more at

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College Gurus Radio Show - 5/12/13 :

While some students have been listening to their parents’ stories about college from "back in the day", first-generation college students (those who are the first in their immediate families to attend college) face a different challenge. From college visits to college lingo, writing essays to applying for financial aid, the steps seem complicated even for those familiar with the process. NHHEAF College Counselor Angela Castonguay breaks it all down and offers essential "college knowledge" to help parents of first-generation students.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 5/5/13 :

Manchester Community College President, Dr. Susan Huard, and Phil Przybyszewski, Project Coordinator for Advanced Manufacturing, talk about the many exciting happenings at MCC for the fall including new building projects like the student center space. Dr. Huard describes the leadership opportunities available to community college students and the changing academic programs which prepare students for career success. As the recipient of a major federal grant last year, Manchester Community College is now able to offer new programs, including specialty courses in robotics. Learn more at

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College Gurus Radio Show - 4/14/13 :

On today's show, host Tara Payne is joined by Lee Waldvogel, a knowledgeable and dynamic outreach specialist with the Center for College Planning at NHHEAF. Lee has a background in financial services and financial aid and will help us understand the steps necessary to secure financial aid once students have been admitted to college and evaluate financing options to pay for the balance.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 4/7/13 :

During this edition, the College Gurus features Jay Hauser, senior college counselor within the Center for College Planning, talking about advising students as they prepare their admission applications for college. Jay offers his best advice for narrowing the list of colleges, making the most of the college tour, the parents’ role in supporting their students, and more.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 3/31/13:

New Hampshire Technical Institute Admission Director, Frank Meyer, shares the latest updates from Concord’s Community College. He discusses NHTI’s admission requirements, programs of study and clubs and activities on campus. Frank also describes how Running Start and e-Start programs are available to New Hampshire high school students through which they can take college level classes – AND get college credit – while still in high school.

Listen to Radio Show 3/13/2013 now


College Gurus Radio Show - 3/17/13:

The Gurus welcome Scott Power of the NH Scholars Initiative to talk about the importance of taking rigorous courses. Beyond opportunities for greater academic and personal growth, students taking the recommended coursework can also receive additional benefits like opportunities for scholarships and reduced fees (or no fees!) for admission applications. Learn more at

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College Gurus Radio Show - 3/10/13:

Students living on campus have many opportunities for personal, social and leadership experiences, but they also leave behind some of the comforts of home. Shannon Marthouse, Assistant Director of Residential Life at the University of New Hampshire offers her best advice for a successful residential experience.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 3/03/13:

Valerie Castonguay, college outreach specialist with the Center for College Planning at NHHEAF, describes that it is never too early to start planning for college. During this program, Val shares expertise about the options for saving for college including details about 529 Plans. She also describes the relatively minimal impact that saving for college can have on a student’s eligibility for financial aid.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 2/24/13:

President & CEO of the Premier Companies and Hanover Street Chophouse and featured member of the College Equals Opportunity scholarship program, Chuck Rolecek joins the program to offer his advice for students looking to be the best prepared for professional opportunities after graduation. With 35 years of executive and management experience in both small businesses and corporations, Chuck describes the qualities he looks for when hiring for open positions. He also shares his own personal story and recalls his experience at the University of Denver.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 2/17/13:

Andrea Johnston and Molly Webber talk about the many ways that Volunteer New Hampshire is a great resource to learn about community service opportunities for HS and college students who are looking to become more engaged in the local community. Molly describes her experience as a national service AmeriCorps member.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 2/10/13:

Jeremy Woodward of Jeremy’s Bootcamp and IronHeart, and Erin Girzone of Good Health is Habit provide practical tips and professional advice for students about staying healthy while in college and beyond.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 2/03/13:

On this edition, Tara Payne is joined by Tyler Haroutunian, a smart and engaged student from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy who won the I Am College Bound contest to have the opportunity to co-host the radio show. Tyler is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and invited Mr. Chuck Bates, NH FBLA State Officer Team Adviser and teacher at Interlakes High School. Chuck describes FBLA as the largest and oldest business student organization in the world with incredible opportunities for personal and professional growth and development for its high school members.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 1/27/13:

Rich Nielsen, College Outreach Specialist with the NHHEAF Center for College Planning, joins the program to share his advice for high school juniors just beginning to search for colleges. He offers resources for researching majors. He provides tips for the college tour and advice for parents about making college costs part of the conversation early.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 1/20/13:

Tori Berube, AVP of College Planning at NHHEAF joins the program this week! During the show, Tori offers her best advice for freshmen about borrowing responsibly and shares helpful strategies for repaying your student loans.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 1/13/13:

During this week’s show, Southern New Hampshire University is featured. Admission Director Steve Soba describes what’s new on campus while Director of Transfer Admission, Bethany Perkins, shares tips and advice for students who are considering transferring to a four-year institution.

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College Gurus Radio Show - 1/06/13:

High school seniors and parents won’t want to miss this popular show dedicated to offering families tips for applying for college financial aid. Host, Tara Payne, talks with College Outreach Specialists, Kerry Koziell and Rich Neilsen from The NHHEAF Network Organizations about rising college costs, important steps families can take now to prepare for college costs and reviews different types of financial aid available for students and parents planning for college in New Hampshire.

Listen to Radio Show 1/06/2013 now


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