PAYING FOR COLLEGE

      Congratulations! You have made a deposit to the school of your choice and you have either attended orientation or it is coming up soon! So what's left? It is important to understand your financial aid package and to make sure know the next steps to accept any loans or grants that were offered to you. Click here to learn more about federal grant and loan programs and click here to find out about funding options beyond the federal programs.   

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HEY, GRADS!

Last month, many high schools hosted a class night or senior awards night in order to honor the recipients of local or school-based scholarships. It is always an exciting evening for seniors and their proud families, but the inevitable question becomes: "How do colleges apply these outside scholarships?" and "Will they affect the financial aid I have received from the school?"  

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I AM COLLEGE BOUND

PROMO OF THE MONTH

We're building a summer reading list especially for middle school students. We need your help! We're seeking titles with strong characters who overcome the odds to achieve their goals. Keep in mind that our target audience is younger readers. What book do you think belongs on our list?

From all of the entries, two (2) winners will be randomly selected. Entries from students entering Grades 9-12 in the fall will have the chance to win an iPad. Entries from the high school class of 2014 will have the chance to win a $500 I Am College Bound college incentive award. Good luck, College Bound'rs!

RISING HS SENIORS: GREAT OPTIONS CLOSE TO HOME

New Hampshire may be a small state, but we are BIG on postsecondary opportunities! Whether you are looking for a short training program, a doctoral degree or anything in-between, you may be surprised to find out how many programs are offered right in your backyard . Looking for a program that isn't offered locally? Learn about how the New England Regional Student Program (RSP) enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount. Students are eligible for the RSP Tuition Break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home-state.

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  TIPS FOR A GREAT COLLEGE INTERVIEW

While many colleges don't require an interview to determine eligibility for admission, colleges do often offer students the opportunity for an "informational interview". Does the idea of interviewing for any purpose make you panicky? No need to worry! Check out these interview tips and watch CCP's college interview video.

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CURIOUS WHAT YOUR COST WILL BE AFTER FINANCIAL AID?

NET PRICE CALCULATORS

  Just starting the college search? Worried about the cost of tuition?  Did you know that each college website has a great tool to help you assess how much each college MAY actually cost or how much financial aid might be available to your family? Net Price Calculators are a useful tool to give you some idea of how much financial aid your family may be eligibile for in advance of filing the actual financial aid forms. There are also some important things to understand before using this valuable tool. Learn about net price calculators here.

The NHHEAF Network Organizations' Center for College Planning

www.nhheaf.org

888.7.GRADUATE x119