November 2018

HS Seniors ‑ Need Help With Applying to College?

If you are still developing your list of colleges you want to apply to, it's okay! Take a breath, know there is still plenty of time, and let our college counselors help. To begin, we suggest you read our “Creating the College Application List” article, and then make an appointment to meet with a Center for College Planning (CCP) counselor at our Concord campus. One of our counselors will gladly help you to develop your plan for college based on your specific needs. Call us today at 888.747-2382, x119 to book your appointment.

In addition, our “I Am College Bound/I Applied” campaign will be at 42 New Hampshire public high schools in November. This campaign is designed to help you navigate the college admissions process and ensure that you pursue a post‑secondary education by inviting you to submit at least one college admission application during a particular school day with the support of local higher education professionals. Want to know something cool about this campaign? You can apply to all New Hampshire colleges and universities for FREE during this one-day event! Sign-up to participate in your school's counseling office and to learn more, watch this video!


Become A New Hampshire Scholar Today!

Did you know every New Hampshire high school student can be a New Hampshire Scholar? New Hampshire Scholars is a community‑based program encouraging students to take a more rigorous core course of study in high school. Students in grades 9 through 12 may currently choose from three possible pathways as a NH Scholar ‑ the original NH Scholars Standard Core Course of Study, the NH Scholars STEM Emphasis, and the NH Scholars Art Emphasis.

Why should you become a NH Scholar? Colleges across the country are familiar with this program and recognize State Scholars through the transcript review process. Colleges in New Hampshire also recognize this program and encourage high school students to pursue this rigorous curriculum while in high school. In terms of financial aid, students are more likely to be awarded merit aid by completing a rigorous core curriculum and excelling in that course of study. View the entire list of scholarship opportunities at New Hampshire colleges here.

In addition to speaking with your school counselor about this program, students may also register here with their intent to graduate with the NH Scholars distinction and receive information regarding the program, recognition and scholarship opportunities. And juniors and seniors ‑ It's not too late to ask your school counselor how you can benefit from this program! Ask today!


FAFSA Filing Tips!

High school seniors ‑ it's time to file your 2019‑2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Here are four quick tips to get you started:

Tip #1: In order to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for your first year of college, 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.

Tip #2: Although most students will have to include parent financial information on the FAFSA, the FAFSA itself belongs to the student. The parent FSA ID can be used to access some parental information but in order to log into the FAFSA and have complete access to both student and parent information, you must log in with the student's FSA ID.

Tip #3: If you have an idea of the schools you plan to apply to, but you have not actually applied yet, it's okay! You may submit the FAFSA even if you have not applied for admission to the college. You will need to list at least one college on your FAFSA to successfully complete the filing process for this important financial aid form, but you can always add additional schools as you finalize your college list.

Tip #4: The Center for College Planning (CCP) helps New Hampshire families file the FAFSA every business day of the year in our Concord office. Call us at 888.747.2382, x119 to schedule a free, 60‑minute appointment today! During a FAFSA filing appointment, we also discuss possible funding and scholarship options for you and your family.


Students who graduated from high school in 2018:

  • Had an average total SAT score of 1068, a slight increase over last year's average of 1,060
  • Who took the SAT, 68% also took the optional essay portion of the test

(Source: Insider Higher Ed's Admissions Insider, October 29, 2018)


Scholarship Alert!

Are you a history buff or might you have an interest in politics? Are you are looking for a way to stretch your creative writing muscles? Are you interested in earning a scholarship for college? We've got a scholarship opportunity for you! Check out the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest. The essay contest is open to all U.S. high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools and has a due date of January 18, 2019. Twenty-five scholarships will be awarded ‑ with a first place prize of $10,000!


“I Am College Bound” Promo of the Month

New Hampshire high school students are encouraged to enter the “I Am College Bound” Promo of the Month Contest. If you correctly answer our college admissions or financial aid quiz question, you will be entered to win one (1) of two (2) $25 Amazon gift card! Enter each month for your chance to win!

The “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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