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September 2016

Welcome Back!

The college counselors at the Center for College Planning (CCP) hope you have had an enjoyable summer and wish 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.


As your seniors consider how they will work towards your college degree, they may wish to consider starting at one of the seven Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) schools and utilize the NH Transfer program to discover not only whether the community college courses will transfer, but how they will transfer towards a bachelor's degree!

NH Transfer is a great way to make a plan and maximize college credits! NH Transfer's mission is to provide resources and support for New Hampshire students to map the most seamless, efficient and cost effective pathway to post secondary degree completion. The easy‑to‑use and recently revitalized NH Transfer Database allows students to search for transferrable courses and evaluate their entire CCSNH transcript with the e‑Transcript feature!

Follow NH Transfer on Twitter at @nhtransfer.


I Am College Bound Promo of the Month

Encourage your students in grades 9‑12 to participate each month in our I Am College Bound promotion! By just reading a college planning or financial aid article and answering a question about the article correctly, students will be entered to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards in a random drawing from correct entries. Within the next month, we will be sending your office cards to promote this contest with your students.

I Am College Bound's goal is to provide New Hampshire students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals ‑ share the link with your colleagues and faculty, post on your school counseling website, or use as an activity in your advisories!


On July 19 at the White House “Beating the Odds” Summit, First Lady Michelle Obama called for high school and college‑age students to sign up with Up Next, which sends text‑based messages about topics like applying for college, filling out the FAFSA and paying back student loans after graduation.

Students can sign up by texting “COLLEGE” to 44044, after which they will answer a series of short, onboarding questions to gather their information and tailor ongoing content for them. To learn more about this engaging initiative and how your students can sign up, please click here.


Mark Your Calendars ‑ October 1st Marks FAFSA Filing Season

Last September, President Obama announced two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. First, the President announced a change to the date when students and families can begin to submit a FAFSA. Beginning with the 2017-2018 financial aid application cycle, the FAFSA will be available on October 1st of the year prior to the upcoming award year. Thus, 2017-2018 FAFSA filing will begin on October 1, 2016. By having the FAFSA available earlier the financial aid process will generally coincide with the college admissions application and decision cycle, hopefully allowing schools and states to provide financial aid information sooner to students and families.

Second, the President announced a change to which tax year's information will be collected on the FAFSA. Currently, when completing a FAFSA, applicants provide income information from the prior tax year (e.g., 2015 income information for the upcoming 2016‑2017 FAFSA). Beginning with the 2017‑2018, FAFSA income information from one tax year earlier the so called “prior‑prior‑year” will be collected. This means that the 2017‑2018 FAFSA will collect tax year 2015 income information and not 2016 information. As a result of this change most students will be able to complete their FAFSAs using information from an already completed tax return. This in turn, will provide most of them with the ability to electronically transfer their income tax return information from the IRS into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

As always, families are welcome to come to Concord for assistance in filing the FAFSA. A plan is underway to also host FAFSA filing workshops at various colleges and universities across the state of New Hampshire over the next few months. Stay tuned for more details!

For more information about the FAFSA changes and to view a Financial Aid Toolkit, please click here. Later this month, we will be mailing your office copies of this poster to encourage your seniors to file their 2017‑2018 FAFSA.


CCP Curriculum Available for Schools

Each year, school counselors from across the state utilize our free curriculum to help your students prepare for college admissions! Many of your favorite CCP classroom presentations, including a new College Overview for Seniors program, are now available for download and delivery at your convenience by clicking here! PowerPoint presentations, detailed lesson plans and applicable handouts are provided to guide you.


SAT Dates announced for Next Three Years

The anticipated SAT administration dates for the next three years have recently been published to help you and your students as they plan for college. The April 2017 administration is when all New Hampshire high school juniors will take the test as part of the Common Core assessment.

Beginning in the 2017‑2018 school year, the College Board will offer an August SAT administration and will end the January administration in the U.S. This shift will provide students with earlier opportunities to take the SAT before submitting college applications, and more time to focus on course work, school activities, and college applications in the fall of their senior year. The last January administration of the SAT in the U.S. will be in January 2017.