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September 2015

Welcome Back!
Everyone here at the Center for College Planning (CCP) hopes you have had an enjoyable summer and wishes you a Happy New (Academic) Year! We look forward to bringing our college programming to your school, seeing you at a school counselor training, and sharing pertinent and relevant information with you throughout the year! As always, if we can help with your students' questions, please call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 or email us at collegeplanning@nhheaf.org.
Grant Opportunities for Educators

Founded in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) is an international honor society. Senior members of the Lewis and Nobel families and the NSHSS work together to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study, and peer networks.

The National Society of High School Scholars offers the following opportunities to outstanding educators:

  • Advanced Placement Grants ‑ $500 grants for supplies and materials to enhance the delivery of Advanced Placement courses. Applications available July 2015.
  • Conference Grants ‑ $1000 grants to attend professional conferences. Applications available September, 2015.
  • DECA Advisor Leadership Awards ‑ $1000 awards presented to DECA Advisors at the DECA International Conference. Applications available Winter 2015.
  • Higher Education Grants ‑ $2500 grants to be used for tuition, books, and other related expenses by counselors and teachers pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in education or a subject area related to their teaching fields. Applications available Spring 2016.

For more information, click here


Starting next year, the U.S. Department of Education will no longer provide colleges the entire list of institutions that a student submits when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal government currently grants colleges access to that information, including the order in which students list the colleges where they are interested in applying.

Register Now to learn more about this and other financial aid updates at our Financial Aid 201 School Counselor Workshop on Friday, October 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

And this just in! Beginning on October 1, 2016, students can apply for financial aid a few months after they and their parents file their 2015 tax returns with reliable information retrieved electronically from the IRS, rather than waiting until the next year's tax season to finalize their FAFSAs and to learn about their financial aid. This latest announcement follows several other actions the Obama Administration has taken to make it easier than ever before to apply for and access federal grants and loans.

New Educational Pathway Now Available in NH!
Dual NH allows students to enroll at one of the seven NH Community Colleges and be admitted into the University System of NH at the same time. Students complete an associate degree at the community college and then transition to one of the University System of NH institutions to complete a bachelor's degree. Along the way, students receive special academic advising and enjoy the college experience at two unique colleges.

School counselors are invited to learn more about this program on Friday, November 6 at a training hosted by Dual NH staff. To register for the training, held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NHHEAF Network Organizations' campus, click here.

Helpful Handouts for Seniors
As the admissions and financial seasons near, we encourage you to share this helpful sheet of NH College and University admissions and financial aid deadlines with your families. Our list of upcoming college fairs is also available for you to post on your website, email to families, or to hand out during senior assemblies!
CCP Curriculum Available for Schools
Many of your favorite CCP classroom presentations are available for download and delivery at your convenience by clicking here! PowerPoint presentations, detailed lesson plans and applicable handouts are provided to guide you. Interested in learning more? Register Now for a free 30‑minute webinar Monday, September 21 at 2 p.m. where we will show you how easy it is to use this engaging curriculum.