The goal of the “I am College Bound” campaign is to provide New Hampshire high school students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals. The Center for College Planning team especially encourages low-income students, their parents and their mentors to recognize that New Hampshire campuses and the U.S. Department of Education offer strong financial aid programs which enable eligible individuals to access financial assistance in paying for education beyond high school. To inform, engage and grow public awareness about financial aid programs, students are incentivized to share content with friends and peers within their networks through monthly promotions. Learn more about New Hampshire's “I Am College Bound/I Applied” initiative for high school seniors here.
Need Money for College? Think Scholarships!
Okay seniors, does it seem like it’s crunch time in your college process? You are well on your way to making the decision of making your college commitment. In April, so many things happen at the same time. Financial aid offers are being reviewed, admitted student days are being scheduled, Facebook groups for your college class are being created – the list is endless. What’s the one piece that’s left? Applying for private (or “outside”) scholarships!
"Outside" scholarship funding comes from various national or local organizations or charities outside of a college's financial aid program and are designed to help students manage college costs. These scholarships can help students pay tuition and other college costs like room and board, fees, books, and supplies.
Students often find great success in searching locally for college scholarships. Your school’s guidance office will have the most comprehensive source for local and regional scholarships. Your high school may also have its own procedure for applying for local scholarships which you will want to ask about. And the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) is the largest provider of publicly available scholarships in New Hampshire, awarding over $5 million to 1,700 students each year. One key deadline for the NHCF is Friday, April 12th, when applications for their Statewide Student Aid Program for students pursuing a four-year degree are due.
It is important to remember national scholarship opportunities will often have larger applicant pools – but are often larger dollar scholarships. A few of the largest databases of national scholarships include fastweb.com, collegeboard.org, petersons.com, goingmerry.com, and collegetoolkit.com. Scholarships are free money; so, find those that are good fits for you and apply to as many as you can!
If you are lucky enough to receive an outside scholarship, the funds will typically be sent on your behalf directly to the college you will attend. Once you are notified you have won a scholarship, it’s your responsibility to notify your college's financial aid office to let them know and they will determine how they will treat your scholarship. In most instances, the funds will be applied directly towards your balance.
At the Center for College Planning (CCP), we assist families every day in reviewing financial aid award letters and helping explain how families pay for college. Schedule a FREE one-on-one appointment with one of our college counselors today if you need help. Call us at 888.747.2382, ext. 119 to set up your appointment!
April’s I Am College Bound Promo Question:
Many scholarship opportunities require supporting documents. Which of the following do they require? For help answering this question, click here.
Participating New Hampshire students have the chance to win one of two (2) $25 Amazon gift cards this month!