November 2016

Scholarship Alert

This scholarship is open to current high school seniors attending one of 55 public high schools in New Hampshire. In 2017, the scholarship is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, and recipients will be chosen from applications based on academic performance, demonstrated community service and eligibility for financial aid. One student in each of the 55 public high schools will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Red Sox Foundation. The application deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017.


File Your 2017‑2018 FAFSA Now!

As you wrap up applying to colleges, it's also now time to apply for federal financial aid by filing the 2017‑2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you missed seeing the Financial Aid Night presentation at your school, you can watch a pre‑recorded version of the program on our NHHEAF YouTube Channel anytime!

In order to file the FAFSA, you and one parent will need an FSA ID. An FSA ID, which is comprised of a username and password, will provide access to the Federal Student Aid's online systems and serves as your legal signature for your FAFSA as well as any federal student loan applications. For tips on setting up your FSA ID, click here.

The Center for College Planning helps families file the FAFSA. Call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to book a FAFSA filing appointment at our Concord office. Additionally, many college campuses across the state will be hosting FAFSA filing days for NH families in January and February ‑ register for FAFSA filing closer to home here.


Juniors ‑ Start Your Research Early!

Juniors – are you considering your possible career ‑ and college ‑ options? There are many helpful college and career planning online portfolio tools you may wish to use. In addition to the ones listed here, check with your school counseling office to see what tools they may have to assist you!


A Free App for Searching for Colleges!

We love CollegeGo ‑ a FREE app from our friends at the CollegeBoard! The app guides students through the essential steps they need to take in order to find, apply to, and attend the right college for them. The interactive, step‑by‑step platform uses game, video, and search features to help students plan their college journey. The app is available for free in the Apple and Google Play stores.


Are You a New Hampshire Scholar?

New Hampshire Scholars is a community based program that encourages students to take a more rigorous Core Course of Study in high school. Based on a partnership between a community's local business leaders and its school district, New Hampshire Scholars is federally funded through the New Hampshire Department of Education. Why should you become a NH Scholar? Colleges across the country are familiar with this program and recognize State Scholars through transcript review. Colleges in NH are well aware of this program and the rigorous course curriculum of SSI is preferred. In terms of financial aid, students are more likely to be awarded merit aid by completing a rigorous core curriculum and excelling in that course of study. Students can choose from three possible pathways as a NH Scholar ‑ the original NH Scholars Standard Core Course of Study, the NH Scholars STEM Emphasis, and the NH Scholars Art Emphasis.

In addition, nearly all of the colleges in New Hampshire now offer merit awards to students graduating as a New Hampshire Scholar, especially for the STEM and Art Pathways. View the entire list of scholarship opportunities here: NH Scholars Scholarships and App Fee Waivers ‑ 2016.


Stay Connected!

For the latest college admissions and financial aid information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and check out the NHHEAF Channel on YouTube! And catch up on reading our recent Varsity Letter issues here.


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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