School Counselor Quarterly - Summer 2015
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Summer 2015

Thank You, School Counselors!
Thank you from all of us at the Center for College Planning (CCP). We have enjoyed working with you, your students, and their families during the academic year. We were fortunate to travel throughout the state and work with over 21,000 residents and present at each and every public high school in the state. Our collaboration has made all the difference!

Before you head out for your summer break, please take a moment to book your 2015-2016 college planning programs. Our easy-to-use web form makes scheduling programs convenient and easy. Questions? Call us any time at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119.

Plan to Celebrate I Am College Bound Month in November

CCP is pleased to coordinate New Hampshire's annual celebration of I Am College Bound Month. During the month of November, counselors, teachers and PTO's are encouraged to celebrate the importance of education for students today and tomorrow. Whether through workshops, college sweatshirt days, student panels or sharing college savings information, research consistently shows that early exposure about the importance of education beyond high school is essential to create a college-going culture in schools. For helpful tips on celebrating at your school, visit our website here.


Goodbye FAFSA PIN Numbers, Hello FSA ID
On May 10, the Federal Student Aid PIN, used to electronically sign FAFSAs and promissory notes, was replaced with the FSA ID. The new FSA ID consists of a user-created username and password to electronically access personal information on Federal Student Aid Websites, including and Students and parents who already have a PIN can link their information and create their new FSA ID by registering at . During registration the user must provide their name, Social Security Number, date of birth, mailing address, e-mail address, and the answers to five challenge questions. Each FSA ID user must have a unique email address and the student and one parent each need their own FSA ID. The username does not expire, but the FSA ID password will expire every 18 months.

Since this change was implemented, students can no longer log into an existing FAFSA to view information or make corrections (including updating financial information after filing taxes) without creating an FSA ID. Students who need to complete entrance loan counseling or sign their Master Promissory Note (MPN) must also first create an FSA ID. Parents who are applying for a PLUS loan or making corrections to their child's FAFSA (e.g. updating financial information) must create an FSA ID for themselves.

While The U.S. Department of Education is reporting that the FSA ID registration process should take less than seven minutes to complete, in practice we are finding that this process takes a bit longer. As a result, we have been asking families to create their FSA ID before they meet with us in order to maximize their appointment time. We provide detailed instructions on how to create an FSA ID and, as always, are working with families to troubleshoot and work through this new process. Learn more about the new FSA ID here.

2015-2016 School Counselor Trainings
Each year, we are pleased to present a variety of professional development opportunities for school counselors. For the upcoming academic year, please save the date to join us for:
  • School Counselor 101 ‑ September 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Two-part Training: Financial Aid 101/201 & Understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter ‑ October 23, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Khan Academy's Revised SAT Test Prep ‑ March 7, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Two-part Training: Pursuing Postsecondary Education for Those With Learning Differences & College for Homeless/Foster Youth/Youth-in-Care ‑ April 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Complete session descriptions, as well as online registration form, will be added to our website shortly. In the meantime, to register for any of these trainings, please call 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 or email us.

In addition, we plan to post short training updates on our NHHEAF YouTube Channel and host small regional school counselor trainings at high schools across the state. Stay tuned for more news!

$3 Million in Scholarships Available
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Career Aid for Technical Students (CATS) for students enrolled in an accredited vocational or technical program that does NOT lead to a four-year Baccalaureate degree. Applications will be accepted through Monday, June 15 at 5 p.m. In 2014, nearly 50 New Hampshire students received an award, with an average award of $3,200.