December 2017

Financial Aid Season is Here!

Seniors ‑ as you wrap up applying to college, it's time to turn your focus to applying for financial aid. For most families, this means filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For tips on filing the FAFSA, click here.

For some families, this also means filing an additional form from the CollegeBoard called the CSS PROFILE® form. For a list of schools requiring the CSS PROFILE® form, click here.

If you have already filed the FAFSA form, but have since applied to additional colleges, remember to add those new colleges to your FAFSA form ‑ and re‑submit the FAFSA.

As always, our college counselors are here to help your family file the FAFSA form and to answer your financial aid questions. Simply call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, extension 119 and let us help!


Seniors ‑ Feeling Overwhelmed?

Whether you applied Early Decision or whether you haven't finalized which colleges you might want to apply to, this can be a stressful time for some seniors. It can be helpful to remember the college application process can easily be broken down into very manageable pieces:

WHAT: What do the colleges want as part of the application? Common Application? Standardized test scores? High school transcript? Remember: most programs at NH community colleges do not require standardized test scores or letters of recommendation. Already applied? Make sure to tie up any outstanding application components!

WHEN: When is the application deadline? For some colleges, the deadline may be creeping up, but many schools today offer deadlines that are later in the Spring or may even offer rolling admissions. If you are still unsure of the difference between regular decision and rolling admissions, read the Ways to Apply for Admission article here. Check each college's website and plan accordingly.

HOW: How will the school communicate with you? Are you expected to check online for updates on your application? Will they email you? Will they mail you a letter?

So, whether you are waiting for acceptance letters or just starting your applications, you can feel confident in the process if you know WHAT the colleges want, WHEN they want it and HOW they will communicate with you. Good luck!

Are you not sure where you want to apply to college? It's absolutely not too late to develop your plan, and we can help! We will help you develop a customized list of colleges for you to apply to. Schedule your free 60 minute appointment with one of our college counselors today by calling 888.7.GRADUATE, extension 119.


DC Speech Contest

Are you graduating from high school in 2018? Do you have some advice for the class of 2019 as they begin their college search? If so, we encourage you to submit a 3‑5 minute speech for our DC Speech Contest. By submitting a speech about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you can win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity not only to share your words of wisdom with high school juniors and their families, but to also share the stage with VIP’s like New Hampshire's governor, and even the CEO of NHHEAF!

Applications are due Friday, February 23, 2018.


Juniors ‑ Mark Your Calendars!

Plan now to join us for Destination College, New Hampshire's largest college planning event! This year, the event will be held at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday April 7, 2018. Participants attend college planning and financial aid workshops, like “The Write Stuff” (all about the college essay) and “Paths to Choosing a Major” for students and “College Costs and Financial Aid” and “Stump a College Guru” for parents.

Our day ends with a college fair with over 60 colleges and universities in attendance! There's also a fun activity where students can be entered to win a $500 scholarship for college, and parents will be entered to win a gift basket valued at over $150! Registration for the event is required, and will open in January 2018! Watch our sneak peek video here to see what the event is all about!


“I Am College Bound” Promo of the Month

Enter the “I Am College Bound” promo contest to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card if you answer our quiz question about college admissions or financial aid correctly!

The “I Am College Bound” campaign provides New Hampshire high school students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals. The Center for College Planning (CCP) team especially encourages low‑income students, their parents and their mentors to recognize that New Hampshire campuses and the U.S. Department of Education offer strong financial aid programs which enable eligible individuals to access financial assistance in paying for education beyond high school.


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