June 2017

Juniors, Create Your Common Application Account Today!

Applying to college this fall? There is no need to retype your information for every college on your list. Using The Common Application, you complete one online application (and perhaps supplemental forms for each of your individual colleges) and electronically send this application to all of your participating schools. You will be able to view your application progress on your dashboard and will receive alerts when important deadlines are approaching.

The Common Application is accepted by nearly 700 colleges and universities. Participating schools accept the Common Application in place of their own institutional application. Using this form is time‑saving and simplifies the application process. A list of participating schools can be found here. And for more information about the Common Application, including the essay prompts for 2017‑2018, see our Application Components section here.

You can create your Common App account now or whenever you are ready and it will be available for you this fall as you start to apply to college.


Start Your Senior Year Off on the Right Foot!

Will you be a high school senior in September? Do you want to learn how to develop a list of schools to apply to? Do you have questions about the college admissions and financial aid processes? Our Summer Boot Camp workshops help rising high school seniors embark upon the college admissions process in a relaxed, small‑group setting with the support of our college counselors. ake the most of your summer and get a jumpstart on your college applications and essays! We're offering workshops in Concord, Somersworth, Keene and Berlin this summer. For more information, click here.

As always, if you would like to meet individually with one of our College Counselors in our Concord offices to get a jumpstart on your planning, please call 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule your free appointment today!


College Work Study

Were you offered campus work study as part of your financial aid award? Just because your financial aid award says you qualify for work study does not mean that you are guaranteed a job. Students are often responsible for securing their own work study jobs. Be sure to inquire early (ask during your Summer Orientation program!) about available positions and complete the necessary paperwork. Some campuses have a limited number of positions available, so it is best not to procrastinate!

Many schools have online portals with work study job listings, applications and employment forms. Once you are hired, complete your I‑9, W‑4 and any other necessary forms. Now might be a good time to memorize your Social Security Number (for security reasons, it is never a good idea to keep your Social Security Card in your wallet!). You will need your Social Security Number to complete your paperwork and you might need it to complete your timecards at school.


The Effect of Scholarships on Private Student Loans

Have you applied for scholarships to offset the cost of your college education? Are you still waiting to hear back from those scholarships? Not sure how they will affect your need for loans? If you've applied for private student loans and have been approved for a set loan amount you might still be able to lower your original loan amount up until the point of loan disbursement.

This can be done two ways. The first option is to simply contact the lender that you are taking a private loan through and ask that they lower the original loan amount. The second option is to contact your school's financial aid office and ask that they lower the loan amount. In any event, the school will not allow a private loan to be for an amount that pushes the student's account above the school's cost of attendance. Each school has a policy on how they treat outside scholarships ‑ so if you win a scholarship, check with your college's Financial Aid Office on what your school’s policy is. For a list of possible private student loan lenders, please click here.


Scholarship Alert

Are you under the age of 23, have graduated high school or have your GED/HiSET and are planning to attend a two‑year college or short‑term training program? The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Career Aid for Technical Students scholarship program for two‑year and short‑term training programs is still available! Awards range from $100 to $3,500 depending on financial need. The deadline is June 15, 2017.

Interested in getting your certificate, license or industry‑recognized credential and are looking for scholarship opportunities? The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Medallion Fund accepts applications on a rolling basis. This program is for students of any age who are pursuing careers in fields such as automotive technology, plumbing, heating and more!

Looking for additional scholarship opportunities? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we often post local, regional and national scholarships!


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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