January 2017

Deciphering Financial Aid Award Letters

Congratulations, Seniors! You've been accepted to a college or two, and soon, you will start 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, also known as National Candidate Reply Date.

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.

If you have not started the financial aid process yet by filing your 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), our college counselors can assist you and your parent(s) to file this important form!

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HS Juniors ‑ Join Us at the State's Largest College Planning Convention!
Registration Now Open!

Juniors ‑ Over 1,000 N.H. high school juniors and their parents/guardians will be at Plymouth State University Saturday, March 18 for our 18th Annual Destination CollegeSM event. The program includes nearly 20 college planning workshops, a college fair with over 70 colleges and universities in attendance, and the chance to win a $500 college scholarship! This event is FREE to attend, but online registration is required.


DC Speech Contest ‑ Scholarship Alert

Are you graduating from high school in 2017? If so, we encourage you to submit a 3‑5 minute speech for our DC Speech Contest. By submitting a 3‑5 minute speech about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you, too, can win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity to share the stage with VIPS like New Hampshire's governor, the Plymouth State University president, and even the CEO of NHHEAF! Applications due Friday, February 10, 2017.


The EDvestinU® Monthly Scholarship Giveaway awards three (3) $1,000 scholarships each month to randomly selected entrants N.H. residents attending any Title IV eligible school; non‑N.H. residents attending a Title IV eligible school in N.H.; and foreign students with a valid visa attending a Title IV eligible N.H. school. High school seniors enrolling in an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and current college students are encouraged to learn more and enter at here. That's right ‑ no essays or extra work! Just remember to enter each month for your chance to win!

No obligation. No purchase or loan application is necessary and would not increase chances of winning.


Scholarship Alert for Certificate and Two‑Year Degree Programs!

Will you need help with paying for college? Over the next three years, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) has committed to providing up to $1.5 million in scholarships to New Hampshire students studying at local community colleges or high school students participating in Running Start or other dual credit programs.

New Hampshire employers ‑ particularly in the high-tech fields ‑ are having trouble filling jobs and are looking for qualified workers to fill these jobs. Many of the critical workforce gaps are in jobs that only require a certificate or two-year degree.

For more information about how to apply for NHCF scholarships, click here.


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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