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.
What’s Next, Seniors?
You did it! You sent in your deposit and it's official you're heading off to college! Before you start packing your bags and designing your dorm room, there are still a few things to be done. So, what happens now? Undoubtedly, plans for your summer include going to the beach, working a summer job, going camping, and hanging out with friends. However, make sure to frequently check your college’s online account or student portal and any mailed communication for information about your next steps and stay on top of anything the college asks you to do.
As you may have heard from your parents, school counselors, maybe even one of our Center for College Planning (CCP) college counselors, you and your family now need to decide how you are going to pay for college as your fall semester bill with arrive soon. A big piece of that plan will be the Federal Direct Stafford Loan. To borrow a Federal Direct Student Loan, you will need to go online this summer and complete the required Federal Online Entrance Counseling and sign your Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). You may also want to meet with one of our college counselors to talk about additional funding options. Once you start taking classes, you may need to verify your enrollment through your student portal so that your loan money can be released to the Bursar’s Office.
Now your financing plan is in place, it’s time to start looking forward to the fun stuff, new student orientation! Orientation generally takes place in the summer months and is a great time to familiarize yourself with your new campus, participate in welcome events, and maybe even meet your future roommate! Students often register for classes and get their new student ID's at orientation, so if you are unable to attend an orientation, ask what steps you should take to do all of these things before you arrive on campus!
Our college counselors are available to help your family understand the college financing process/ Meet with us at our Concord campus by scheduling a FREE 60-minute appointment today or when your bill arrives! To schedule an appointment, call us at 888.747.2382, ext. 119!
May’s I Am College Bound Promo Question:
In order to complete your Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN), you will need which of the following? For help with this answer, click here.
This month, participating New Hampshire students have the chance to win one of four (4) $50 Picaboo gift cards! Make a photo book, create a calendar, design a pillow – all with your favorite photos (perfect for decorating your dorm room with!)!