The Varsity Letter - March 2015
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March 2015
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Deciphering Financial Aid Award Letters
Seniors, need help deciphering your financial aid award letters? Let us help! Meet with a college counselor to review your financial aid award letters and talk about funding options before the May 1st National Candidate Reply Date. Call for a FREE 60 minute appointment today - 888.7.GRADUATE, x119. Learn more about financial aid award letters here or register below to attend our FREE "Understanding Your Award Letter" webinar on Monday, March 30 at 6:15 p.m.
 
 
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Updating Your FAFSA with 2014 Tax Information
Once your 2014 federal taxes have been submitted to the Internal Revenue Service, remember to update your 2015-2016 FAFSA with this new data. Students and the parents of dependent aid applicants may use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool to import federal income tax information from the IRS directly into your FAFSA. To update your FAFSA, follow these steps:
  1. Go to www.fafsa.gov and login using the returning user section.
  2. Once logged in, go to the Financial Information section and click "Link to IRS." Be sure you are on the TAB for Financial Information (which starts with the Parent information) in your FAFSA. Change the tax filing status to "Already Completed" and follow the prompts to leave the FAFSA website and go to the IRS website.
  3. On the IRS website, complete the requested fields and click on "Transfer my tax information into the FAFSA." Proceed to follow the prompts back to your FAFSA.
  4. If the student has filed taxes as well, please repeat this process in the Student section of the FAFSA.
  5. Remember to re-sign and submit your FAFSA, using both the Student and Parent PIN numbers.
If you have trouble using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 for assistance.
 
 
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Calling all New Hampshire Students Ages 14-18!
Show our friends at NH Jump$tart Coalition how much you know about personal finance! The Get 10 Virtual Quest gives you the opportunity to answer ten questions about personal finance, and if you enter all ten correctly, you will be entered to win one of ten (10) $50 Amazon gift cards! The deadline to play is April 15, 2015.
 
 
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Batter Up!
With baseball season right around the corner, it's time to step-up to the plate and apply for the Fisher Cats Foundation Scholarship! Ten (10) $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to NH students. Applications are due April 15, 2015.
 
 
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Calling All Juniors!
Our College Insider publication is a great way to learn more about the college admissions and financial aid processes as you head towards your senior year. If you have not received a copy of this publication yet, email us and we'll put one in the mail to you today! Also, if you would like to meet with one of our College Counselors to talk about possible schools and programs, call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 for a FREE 60 minute appointment!
 
 
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Choosing a College Major
Thinking about what you might like to study in college, but not sure where to start? Click below for tips and links to some free assessment tools you may find helpful. Also check out My Next Move, a great resource from the U.S. Department of Labor, for information on what knowledge, skills, abilities, and education might be required for your possible career choices. My Next Move also provides information on the future outlook of your possible career choices!
 
 
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Upcoming College Planning Presentations
View our calendar here to see if we are presenting at your high school this spring. If you can't see us at your high school, check out our free library workshop programs and webinars by clicking here.
 
 
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