February 2018

Need Help Understanding Your Financial Aid Awards?

This is the time when financial aid packages, also known as Award Letters or Award Notifications, are starting to arrive for high school seniors who have been accepted to college. These awards will detail all of the components of financial aid you have been offered for your freshman year of college. Understanding all of these components can be overwhelming and you may have questions about your award. That’s okay ‑ we can help!

Our college counselors are presenting our “Paying for College” workshop at many New Hampshire high schools through mid‑April. You are encouraged to bring your financial aid award letters to this interactive workshop where our counselors will decipher the various components of your award, share financing options and explain your next steps. Check the Event Calendar on our homepage to see when we are at your high school (or a nearby high school)!

In addition, our college counselors are available for individual appointments to help you and your family compare your award letters and to offer assistance with potential funding options. Call us today at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule your free 60 minute appointment.


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

Registration is now open for Destination CollegeSM, our 19th annual college convention for N.H. high school juniors and their parents/guardians. Join us at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Saturday, April 7, 2018 and select from nearly 20 college planning workshops and attend a college fair with more than 60 participating colleges and universities! Students even have the chance to win a $500 college scholarship! Need more convincing to register? Watch our short video here! This event is FREE to attend, but online registration is required for both the attending student and parent(s)/guardian(s). Registration will close in mid‑March, so make sure to register today!


DC Speech Contest

High school seniors ‑ do you have some advice for the class of 2019 as they begin their college search? Would you like to win a $1,000 scholarship for college? If so, we encourage you to submit a three to five (3 to 5) minute speech about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process for our DC Speech Contest. The winner will not only receive a $1,000 scholarship, but will also have the opportunity to share his or her words of wisdom with high school juniors and their families as the keynote speaker at the 19th Annual Destination College event and to share the stage with VIPs such as NH's governor, SNHU's president and the CEO of NHHEAF. The event will be held on April 7, 2018 at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)!

Speech Contest entries are due Friday, February 23, 2018.


Start Earning College Credit While in High School

HS juniors, did you know you can earn college credit while you are still in high school? The Running Start program enables high school students to take Community College System of NH (CCSNH) courses for high school AND college credit.

Courses offered through the Running Start program are college courses taught at high schools across the state by CCSNH college credentialed high school faculty as part of the daily class schedule. Each course costs just $150, but if you take up to 2 STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) per year, you could be reimbursed for the full tuition cost.

Learn more here or talk with your high school's Running Start Coordinator as you start selecting your classes for your senior year!


March 21st is SAT Day, #NH Juniors!

Did you know most New Hampshire high school juniors will take the CollegeBoard SAT® for FREE on Wednesday, March 21st during the school day?

The SAT, a national college admissions exam, covers English language arts (reading, writing) and mathematics and will be offered at no cost for every 11th grade student required to take the assessment. The state‑sponsored test does not include the optional SAT Essay in the school‑day administration, but if you want to take the SAT Essay, you may arrange to do so by contacting your school counselor.

One way you can practice for the SAT is by signing up for FREE test prep through Khan Academy. Khan Academy has partnered with CollegeBoard to provide practice tests, personalized suggestions and video lessons. You can upload previously taken PSAT and SAT tests into your Khan Academy account to personalize your course of study. This way, you can spend time working on the types of problems you need the most help understanding.

In addition, would you like a daily practice tool you can use from your smartphone on the way to the dentist, after practice or on your break at work? Download the FREE SAT Daily Practice App which allows you to answer the question of the day from your smartphone! Take every opportunity to practice for the SAT and your scores are sure to show it!


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