20th Annual Destination College - New Hampshire's Statewide College Planning Event
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Hosted by Plymouth State University (PSU)

Predict Your Future With What You Learn Today

The Organizations’ signature event is designed to help high school juniors and their families prepare for entry into college. This annual statewide college preparation convention is held every spring through collaborative efforts between The NHHEAF Network Organizations and New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are FREE to students and parents.

Attendees will have access to a variety of free college planning workshops), student keynote speaker and have the opportunity to participate in scholarship raffles and attend a college fair.

Registration is closed for this event.

Questions? Call 1.888.747.2382, x119 or Email

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Speech Contest

Are you graduating from high school in 2020? If so, we encourage you to submit a three to five (3 to 5) minute speech for our DC Speech Contest. By submitting this short narrative about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you can win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity to share the stage with VIPS like New Hampshire’s governor, the Saint Anselm College president, and even the President and CEO of The NHHEAF Network Organizations! Plan ahead as our contest will open in early January with an application deadline of Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Schedule of the Day

Check In

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Opening Session

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Session I

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Session II

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Session III

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

College Fair

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

DC College Fair

Admission Representatives: Click here for details about participating in the 2020 College Fair. Please call 800.525.2577 x191 with questions.

The College Fair will be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Prior registration for the Destination College event is not required to attend the college fair. Representatives from many New England colleges will attend the college fair.

Participating Colleges in 2019 included:

* Out of State Colleges/Universities

Please check back as additional colleges will be added weekly before the event.

Workshop Sessions

Sessions (I, II, III)

S: Especially for Students

P: Especially for Parents

SP: Student/Parents

Admissions Perspective (SP) [Session: I, II]
Everything you've always wanted to know about college admissions...but were afraid to ask! Gain insight and advice about selecting a college, the application process and finding the right fit from an expert panel of college admissions professionals.

Advice for Parents Who Didn't Go to College (P)
From college visits to college lingo, the steps seem complicated even for those familiar with the process. This session breaks it all down and offers essential "college knowledge" to parents who did not go to college themselves.

Beyond Google: Learning College Search Engines (SP)
Learn how to use two free websites to explore and research career and major options- and find the schools that meet your specific needs.

College Costs & Financial Aid (P)
Some of the best things in life are free, unfortunately college isn't one of them...Join the experts as they discuss how financial aid can help families manage college costs.

Creative Ways to Pay for College (SP)
It's no secret that college is expensive! Applying for financial aid is a first step to help with college costs, but what else can you do? Join us for some clever ways to save money, purchase only what you really need, and navigate those unexpected expenses that are part of the college experience.

First Impressions Count! (S)
Join us for tips and advice about how to best present yourself during all parts of the college application process. From email inquiries to college interviews, learn how to communicate effectively and make a great first (and lasting!) impression.

Information for the Student Athlete (SP)
Join college athletes, current college coaches and a college compliance officer to learn about recruitment strategies and eligibility requirements for NCAA division-level sports.

It's a Digital World College Admissions (P)
Learn what online tools are available to aid you in the college selection, application and financial aid processes. Learn the best methods (and some helpful tips) for using social media to your advantage in your college search. Also learn how public information on your social media profiles can impact your life for many years to come.

Know the Score: Capitalizing on FREE Test Prep Resources (S)
Explore the role standardized testing (SAT and ACT) plays in the college admission process. An expert from NHHEAF will share FREE test prep resources to help maximize your individual score potential.

Paying for College 101 (P)
Fast forward to spring of your child's senior year. You have applied for financial aid and have received the award letter from the college. Now, you need to determine what type of aid is free and determine how to finance the balance. This session will help families understand and evaluate basic college financing options beyond financial aid.

State Scholars (SP)
Will you be graduating as a New Hampshire Scholar? Students who pledge to be NH Scholars enroll in a rigorous course of study throughout high school in order to increase their chances of college and career success. They are also recognized for going above and beyond high school graduation requirements. Did you know that NH Scholars also have a better chance of obtaining certain types of scholarships? How about the fact that NH Scholars can apply to most NH colleges and universities for free? Business leaders reinforce the need for high level skills through mentoring and classroom presentations in NH Scholars schools. Come learn more about the NH Scholars Program and the benefits for students in this informative session.

Student Panel: Learn from the Experts (SP)
Wondering what students really write about in their college essays, how much time you should spend searching and applying for scholarships, what it's like to live in a residence hall, or if classes are more challenging in college? This panel of student experts will share their experiences and answer your questions about all things college!

Support Services for Students with LD (SP)
504? IEP? LD? College advisors discuss ways in which campus support services can help motivated students excel.

The Paths to Choosing a Major (SP)
A discussion about ways to explore career options and enhance your personal experiences through internships, part-time jobs, community involvement, co-ops, enrichment programs and more.

The Write Stuff (S)
During this session, students learn tips and strategies for developing the written portion of the application. Focus is on writing the college essay, creating an impressive resume and obtaining positive letters of recommendation.

Two Year Degrees & Community College Options (SP) [Session: I, II]
Learn about the two-year advantage! Representatives from New Hampshire colleges offer information and advice about special degree programs, financial considerations and transferability into bachelor's degree programs.

Use Your Passport - Study Away! (SP)
Ireland? Australia? Washington, D.C.? France? Have you considered a study away program while you're in college? Or maybe you're thinking about attending a college outside of the United States for your entire degree program. Come learn more about study away and international admissions from a panel of experts in this informative session. There will be plenty of time for questions, so come with your list ready!


  1. Dress comfortably - sessions are held in various buildings across campus.
  2. All attendees must register in advance.
  3. Each person in your family/group must register separately.

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