October 2018

The Admissions & Financial Aid Deadlines:
Understanding What's Right for You!

Seniors ‑it's that time of year where you will hear your friends and classmates talking about applying to college and applying for financial aid. Don’t panic! It is important to understand they may have very different timelines when it comes to applying to college than you do! Your job is to understand how you are applying to college (Early Decision? Early Action? Regular Admission?), when the deadlines for your specific schools are, and what you need to do to meet the admissions requirements. Remember that each college may have its own admissions deadline, so you are going to need to stay organized! And financial aid deadlines will add even more dates for you to keep track of, since most of these are different from the admissions deadlines. For a helpful college planning timeline to keep track of your important college deadlines, view pages one and two of our College Admissions Insider for our College Guru's Suggested Timeline.

One of the first deadlines in the application process is for those students applying Early Action or Early Decision. Early application status is generally intended for students who are a strong fit for a particular college or university. Most early applicants have grades and standardized test scores at or above the average admitted student for the college. To apply early, students will have to adjust all their timelines so that the pieces of their application are ready to send in early November (usually by November 1st or 15th). If you think you might be a good candidate for Early Action or Early Decision, it is important to have a conversation with your school counselor to determine if this is indeed a good fit for you. Learn more about applying to college here!

There is still plenty of time to meet with one of our Center for College Planning (CCP) College Counselors to talk through the college admissions process and to identify a list of schools that may be a good fit and match for you. Call us at 888.747.2382 x119 to schedule an appointment today!


This November, 42 public high schools in New Hampshire are participating in a national campaign to encourage all high school seniors to pursue a postsecondary education. Seniors are encouraged to submit at least one college admission application during a designated school day with the support of their school and local higher education professionals. Students who submit an application during their high school’s event will be able to apply to every New Hampshire college and university for FREE! Students should register with their school counseling office by Thursday, November 1st. For a list of participating high schools and to learn more about this program, click here.

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HS Seniors ‑ It's Time to File Your FAFSA!

As you think about applying to college, it's also time for you to think about paying for your education. If you are interested in receiving aid, you must apply for federal financial aid by filing the 2019‑2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about the FAFSA and the financial aid process by attending a Financial Aid Night Presentation at your high school. You do not need to have applied to college yet to file the FAFSA, but you will want to have a solid understanding of the schools to which you plan to apply so you can list them when you file your FAFSA.

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 future federal student loan applications. For tips on setting up your FSA ID, click here.

The Center for College Planning (CCP) helps families file the FAFSA in our Concord office. Call us at 888.747.2382 x119 to book an appointment today! We also will discuss possible funding options with you as we file the FAFSA!


High School Seniors ‑ It's not too late to register to take the SAT one more time as you get ready to apply to college. We suggest you take this college admissions exam more than once, as many colleges will “superscore” your SAT. What does this mean? For instance, if your evidence‑based reading score was strong on your junior SAT School Day exam, but your math score was not exactly what you were hoping for, spending some time studying and retaking the exam can help. If you score better after a second test date on the math, many colleges will combine that math score with the evidence‑based reading score from junior year to make one “superscore” for admission consideration. For more information about the SAT, and to register for any upcoming SAT test, visit collegeboard.org.

Juniors ‑ you will take a PSAT this fall and then, looking ahead, you will take the SAT during the school day in the spring as part of our state's annual testing day. Check in with your school's counseling office for more details!

All students can continue to improve upon their scores by linking your PSAT scores through CollegeBoard with a Khan Academy account. Why? With Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy®, students benefitted from an average score gain of 115 points after studying on Khan Academy for approximately 20 hours! Why not take a few minutes a day to improve your test scores? Learn more about the benefits of Official SAT Practice here..


Letters of Recommendation

Brag (verb): to say in a boastful manner. Seniors, get out your megaphones because now is the time to let those admissions professionals know all of the great things you have done over the last four years. College applications are not the place to be shy about your accomplishments. If you are not good at bragging about yourself, let others do it for you!

Ask your school counselor and at least one teacher to write letters of recommendation on your behalf. Keep in mind that many high schools have their own processes for requesting letters. For example, a school may ask you to put your request in writing or to submit an electronic form. Find out the process at your school and be sure to check out our page on asking for letters of recommendation and resume tips. Providing your references with an updated college resume is a great place to start.


Save the Date for DC2019

Are you a high school junior? Do you know a high school junior? Plan now to join us for our 20th Annual Destination College, our FREE statewide college planning event! The day is filled with college workshops on topics such as writing the college essay, studying abroad, understanding NCAA college athletics and the admissions process, choosing a college major, paying for college and much more. The day concludes with a FREE college fair featuring representatives from more than 60 colleges. The event is open to all New Hampshire high school juniors, but registration is required. This year’s Destination College will be held on the beautiful campus of Plymouth State University (PSU) on Saturday, March 30, 2019. For more information, visit destinationcollege.org. Registration for this event will open in mid‑January 2019.


“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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