March 2016

Deciphering Financial Aid Award Letters

Congratulations, Seniors! You've been accepted to a college or two, and by now, are most likely starting to receive your financial aid packages, also known as Award Letters or Award Notifications. Now what? What do all of these numbers mean? While it's a great accomplishment to get accepted into the colleges of your choice, you must now understand the financial aid which will help you and your family afford tuition. Remember, in most cases, you will need to make your decision about where you will attend college by May 1.

Our college counselors are available to help you decipher your award letters and to talk about possible funding options. Call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule your FREE 60 minute appointment.

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Updating Your FAFSA with 2015 Tax Information

Once your 2015 federal taxes have been submitted to the Internal Revenue Service, remember to update your 2016-2017 FAFSA with this new data. Students and the parents of dependent aid applicants may use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool to import federal income tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA. This option is built into the online FAFSA application process at

Follow these steps:

  1. Login at to "Make FAFSA Corrections".
  2. On the FAFSA, in the Financial Information section, click "Link to IRS". Be sure you are on the TAB for Financial Information (which starts with the Parent information). Change the tax filing status to "Already Completed" and follow the prompts to leave the FAFSA website and go to the IRS website.
  3. On the IRS website, complete the requested fields and click on "Transfer my tax information into the FAFSA". Follow the prompts back to the FAFSA.
  4. Remember to Sign and Submit the FAFSA again, using both the Student and Parent FSA ID (you will need the ID's username and password).

If you have trouble using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 for assistance.


Meet the University System of New Hampshire Colleges & Universities!

The four public campuses of the University System of New Hampshire (Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Granite State College, and the University of New Hampshire) are offering four "Information Nights" across the Granite State in the next few weeks.

Students and parents are invited to learn more about high quality, affordable college options available right here in New Hampshire! Listen to campus admissions officers discuss what each school has to offer, ask questions and determine which campus might be the "right fit".

Register below at a convenient location for you. If you have questions, please call 603.535.2239.

Tuesday, March 29 ‐ Manchester, Radisson Hotel
Wednesday, April 6 ‐ Nashua, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Tuesday, April 12 ‐ Keene, Keene State College
Tuesday, April 19 ‐ Durham, University of New Hampshire

Attend Our College Fair!

Over 70 colleges and universities are expected to attend our Destination College College Fair on Saturday, April 2. Open to the public, the Fair will be held in the Small Gym in the Fieldhouse at Southern New Hampshire University from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

At any college fair, college admissions representatives want to talk with you about their institution, to meet you and learn about your college plans, and to explore if their school might be a good fit for you. Click below to read tips on questions to ask while attending a college fair.

For a list of participating schools at this year's College Fair, click here.

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Upcoming College Planning Presentations

Juniors, we encourage you to see us at our "College Overview for Juniors" program at your high school this Spring. And seniors, our "Paying for College 101: Understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter" presentation will help you and your family understand your financial aid award letters and give you helpful information on paying for college. View our calendar below to see when we are presenting this Spring at your high school or at a high school near you.

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Meet With Us!

Our college counselors will meet with high school juniors and their families beginning May 2 in a FREE 60 minute counseling appointment in our Concord offices where we can help you identify a list of possible schools to apply to, discuss college financing options, and give you great tips to get you started on your path to college! Call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule an 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 or financial aid 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!

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