The Varsity Letter - November 2015
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November 2015

N.H.'s I Am College Bound/I Applied Initiative

During the week of November 16, seniors at 14 of New Hampshire's public high schools are participating in the state's I Am College Bound/I Applied campaign. Started in the state of New Hampshire in 2014, this nationwide initiative is designed to increase the number of first‐generation and low‐income students who pursue a postsecondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure that each participating student submits at least one admissions application during a particular day with the support of their school and local higher education professionals.

The 14 participating high schools are: Berlin, Concord, Kearsarge, Keene, Laconia, Manchester Central, Manchester West, Newfound, Newport, Portsmouth, Profile, Raymond, Somersworth, and White Mountains.

Students from these 14 high schools should sign up in their school counseling office. For more information, please email us at

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Creating a Budget for Applying to College

Applying to college can be costly. Having a good understanding of what money you will need and when in the process you will need it, can give you time to budget and save. Click below for our list of different expenses associated with the college application, deposit process, and when you may experience them.

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Get Ready for Financial Aid Season!

Seniors, as you finish up applying to colleges, mark your calendar to apply for federal financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1, 2016.

The Center for College Planning is pleased to help students and their families file the FAFSA either in our Concord office or at many high schools across the state. You don't have to wait until you have been accepted for admission to apply for financial aid! Click below for more information and schedule your FAFSA filing appointment after December 1 by calling us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119.

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Scholarship Corner ‐ Red Sox Foundation

The New Hampshire Red Sox Service Scholarships Program is open to graduating seniors attending one of 45 N.H.'s public high schools. Recipients will be chosen from applications based on academic performance, demonstrated community service and eligibility for financial aid. The application due date for this $1,000 scholarship is January 29, 2016.

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Learning Support Services

In high school, students with learning differences or disabilities most commonly have a 504 plan or an IEP (individualized education plan). According to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a college has an obligation to provide students in need with appropriate accommodations so that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed in college. Click below to learn more about college disabilities offices and the services they offer.

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See You Soon!

Visit our website for important college admissions and financial aid information; check our event calendar to see when we will be presenting at your high school. Our expert college counselors are also available at our Concord campus to meet with you for a FREE 60-minute college planning appointment. Call us today at 888.7.GRADUATE, x 119 to schedule your appointment!


I Am College Bound Promo of the Month

HS Students: Participate each month in our I Am College Bound promotion! Just read a college planning article, answer a question about the article correctly, and you will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card in a random drawing from correct entries.

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 friends!