NHHEAF School Counselor Quarterly

Demonstrated Interest

The new "buzzword" in college admissions: "demonstrated interest." According to a NACAC study, about 50% of colleges claim that a student's demonstrated interest in a particular school is now highly to moderately important to the admissions process. So how can you help your students effectively show their interest? Students should take every opportunity to visit a campus for a tour, and attend an open house as well as other departmental events. Students can also initiate an informational interview, sit in on classes or even schedule an overnight visit for a more well-rounded experience. Social media is also a great way for a student to "like" an institution on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to stay connected and up-to-date on the college's current news and events. Any of these efforts on the students part to get to know these schools will not go unnoticed and will truly help put forth their "demonstrated interest."

Financial Aid Nights & FAFSA Filing

We are pleased to announce every public high school in the state of New Hampshire is hosting a Financial Aid Night this academic year! Together with our colleagues from the New Hampshire Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NHASFAA), we are excited to help educate your students and families on the financial aid process.

With January 1st right around the corner, we are now booking FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) filing appointments in our Concord offices. Appointments are available on weekdays with limited evening appointments and select Saturdays. Please encourage your families to call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule an appointment.

International College Search


Every year a number of students decide to broaden their college search to include countries outside the United States. According to the Institute of International Education, over 40,000 students each year enroll in a degree-granting program at an international institution. Although the benefits to studying abroad may be obvious like the opportunity for full immersion into a different culture, meeting new people, and studying topics with a more global viewpoint, there are issues that can arise and become barriers for students if they are not properly prepared for the experience. To help better educate and prepare these students, check out NHHEAF's Study Abroad FAQ page which offers everything from commonly asked financial aid questions and passport/visa rules to international travel tips.

 

Gap Year

As many of you know, a "gap year" doesn't refer to a student simply taking some time off between high school and college. Instead, it is often used as a more organized and thought-out opportunity for a student to volunteer, travel, and explore career options that can be applied to college a year later as a more mature and/or worldly student. If you have a student who is looking to investigate gap year opportunities, have them check out our webpage which offers links to a variety of organizations offering structured gap year experiences.

College Planning Curriculum for School Counselors

Many of your favorite CCP classroom presentations are now available for you to download and deliver at your convenience! Two new high school workshops, "Put Your Best Face Forward" and "The College Interview," have been added for this academic year. PowerPoint presentations, detailed lesson plans and applicable handouts are provided to help guide you through each presentation. Since the beginning of this academic year, over 100 programs have been downloaded by NH school counselors! The most popular download? "Are You Smarter Than a 12th Grader?" our game-show college awareness program for 8th graders! Learn more by visiting our School Counselors Training page.

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Destination College

Our 16th Annual Destination College planning event will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Plymouth State University. This FREE event, for high school juniors and their parents, features a variety of college planning workshops and a college fair with more than 60 participating colleges and universities. Registration for this must attend event will open on February 5, 2015 and we ask you to encourage your students and families to sign-up early as space is limited (walk-ins cannot be accommodated). Posters to encourage registration will be sent to your guidance office soon!

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$3 Million in Scholarships Available

Students can begin applying to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Statewide Student Aid Program Sunday, February 1, 2015. The foundation uses an online application form for the majority of it's scholarship resources and allows students to submit a single application to be considered for all participating scholarships. Financial need is a factor for many of these scholarships and students will need to submit their SAR (Student Aid Report) generated by a completed FAFSA. A complete guide to the online application process is available for download at the NHCF website for you and your students: NHCF Online Application.

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School Counselors Have Hidden Talents!

In case you missed it, Nashua High School South counselor, Linda Sellner recently participated in the 47th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Nashua, TN! Congratulations, Linda!!



The NHHEAF Network Organizations' Center for College Planning

www.nhheaf.org

888.7.GRADUATE x119