August 2016

Congratulations, High School Seniors!

Wow! Can you believe your senior year is about to begin? As you begin planning for life after high school, the Center for College Planning is here to help! Visit our website for important college admissions and financial aid information and be sure check our event calendar to see when we will be presenting at your high school.

A great way to get a head start on the college admissions process now is to meet with a college counselor at Center for College Planning! We can help you identify colleges you may be interested in, map out the application and financial aid processes and more! Call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule a free 60‑minute appointment today!


The ABC's of the SAT and the ACT

No test can predict with 100% certainty what your level of success will be in college. That's because many factors, including personal motivation, influence your college experience. However, colleges use SAT and ACT scores to help estimate how well students are likely to perform in college. Not all colleges require standardized test scores. These colleges are considered “test optional” schools. Visit if you are searching for schools that do not require standardized tests. Note, there are fees associated with taking standardized tests. However, fee waivers may be available, so check with your school counselor to see if you qualify.

The SAT is a national college admissions examination that is accepted by all 4 year colleges and universities in the US. The test is scored from 400‑1600 and tests two subject areas: math and evidenced based reading and writing. There is an optional essay as well. The SAT ascribes to focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education: what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college. For more information about the SAT, click here. The first test date for the SAT this fall is October 1 ‑ register today!

The ACT is also a national college admissions examination that is accepted by all 4 year colleges and universities in the U.S. The test is scored from 1‑36 and tests four subject areas: math, English, reading and science. There is an optional essay as well. The ACT ascribes to be a curriculum‑based achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. Read more about the ACT here. The next ACT test date is September 10 ‑ and you can register by August 19 by clicking here.


The Common Application is Live for 2016‑2017

The Common Application is an online application accepted by nearly 700 colleges and universities. Students complete one form, and send it to all of their chosen participating colleges. Using this form is time-saving and simplifies the application process.

Although the online format may save students time, you will want to make a conscious effort to provide accurate information and an error-free essay. Rules concerning grammar and punctuation must still be followed. It is very important for you to notify your school counselor when applying online. School counselors will assist you in forwarding your transcript and the necessary materials to the college as part of your online application. Most colleges will not consider your application complete until all pieces have been received.


Seniors ‑ as you consider how you will work towards your college degree, you 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 your community college courses will transfer, but how they will transfer to your bachelor's degree!

NH Transfer is a great way to make a plan and maximize your 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


Save the Date: DC2017

High school juniors and their parents ‑ plan to attend the 18th Annual Destination College college planning event at Plymouth State University on Saturday, March 18, 2017!

Attendees will have access to a variety of free college planning workshops and attend a college fair with over 70 participating colleges and universities. This signature event for high school juniors and parents is a collaborative effort between The NHHEAF Network Organizations and New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are FREE to students and parents. Registration for this event will open in January.

Stay Connected!

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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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