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April 2017
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Stay Focused Seniors

Seniors, even if you have already been accepted to college and have sent in your deposit; remember to put 100% effort into finishing senior year in good academic standing. University of New Hampshire's policy states: “All offers of admission are considered conditional and are subject to the verification of satisfactory senior year achievement when final high school transcripts are reviewed by the Admission Committee.”


Many schools have similar policies. For example, Keene State College's policy reads: “If you are enrolled in high school or college, it is a condition of your admission to Keene State College that you will maintain satisfactory grades the remainder of your semester/year. You must provide the Admissions Office with a final high school or college transcript by July 15, 2017, for our review. Keene State College reserves the right to revoke your admission if you do not complete your coursework at the same level of achievement as at the time of acceptance.”


Dartmouth College also does a “Post‑Acceptance Review” policy. Read it here.

 
 
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Deciphering Financial Aid Award Letters

Way to go, seniors! You've been accepted to a college or two and are most likely starting to receive your financial aid packages, also known as Award Letters or Award Notifications. Now what? What do all of these numbers mean? While it's a great accomplishment to get accepted into the college(s) of your choice, you must now understand the financial aid which will help you and your family afford tuition. In most cases, you will make your decision about where you will attend college by May 1 (and usually, make a required deposit!).


Our college counselors are available to help your family understand your award letters and to talk about possible funding options. Call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule your FREE 60 minute appointment. Can't make it to Concord? Watch our helpful video on understanding award letters. This worksheet also makes it easy to compare your letters!

 
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Benefits of Attending a College Fair

You may be thinking, “Is attending a college fair really worth the time? I have so much other stuff I need to do.” Here are some of the reasons that college fairs are beneficial. College fairs are a great way to learn a little bit about several different colleges in a short amount of time. College fairs generally last two hours. It' not enough time to determine if they are the right school for you, but long enough to get a feel as to whether or not you want to explore the further school.


Next, admission counselors travel by territory. They want to know the students who are applying to their college from their local high schools. Shake their hand and ask a question. It's uncanny how they are able to remember students they met at college fair months down the road. But they do.


And lastly, you are adding to your displayed interest in their college. They note interactions with students whether on‑campus, at a college fair, or at a high school. Every interaction adds up. For more tips and some questions to ask a college admissions counselor at a college fair, click here.

 



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Support Services‑High School & Beyond

Feeling overwhelmed, tired or frustrated with school work, after school commitments or the college application process? Not sure where to go for help? Rest assured, if you are at the beginning of your high school career or about to start your college journey, there are academic and behavioral supports and services available to you.


While still in high school, school counselors, social workers and psychologists are there to help with emotional and behavioral supports. Looking for extra help or tutoring? Your high school might also offer academic help. Be sure to start with your teachers and school counselor when seeking any services. They are going to be your first point of contact.

Once you've headed off to college, speak with your academic counselor to find out about available supports and services on campus. Such supports and services can be greatly beneficial and help you manage this new experience!

Take a look at these great supports and services available at some of our New Hampshire colleges & universities:

 
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Host an American Red Cross Blood Drive This Summer!

Host a blood drive while school is out of session and you could win a scholarship! The Leaders Save Lives program is an opportunity for high school and college students to develop and demonstrate your leadership skills and help save lives with the Red Cross. By hosting a blood drive, you will also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship (valued from $1,000 to $2,500) and earn a gift card.


You will help save lives by recruiting your friends and family to schedule appointments to give blood at your blood drive. Your summer blood drive must be scheduled between June 1 and August 31, 2017. A winter program will run from December 15, 2017 through January 15, 2018.

 
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Stay Connected!

For the latest college admissions and financial aid information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and check out the NHHEAF Channel on YouTube! And catch up on reading our recent Varsity Letter issues here.

 
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I Am College Bound Promo of the Month

HS Students: Participate each month in our I Am College Bound promotion! Just read a college planning or financial aid article, answer a question about the article correctly, and you will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card in a random drawing from correct entries.


I Am College Bound's goal is to provide New Hampshire students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals - share the link with your friends!

 
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