December 2018

Take The #BetterMakeRoom Pledge

It's time, seniors! Join thousands of high school seniors across the nation and take Better Make Room's pledge to #applytocollege (it's got a wicked cool video with some pretty awesome folks pledging to do your laundry if you participate!)! We love this initiative, led by former First Lady Michelle Obama and hope you will too!


Seniors ‑ Feeling Overwhelmed?

Whether you have applied Early Decision or whether you are still finalizing the list of colleges you will apply to, this may be a stressful time for some seniors. It is important to remember your college application process may be very different from your peers, and it is helpful to remember this 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 the seven NH community colleges do not require standardized test scores or letters of recommendation. Already applied? Make sure to tie up any outstanding application components! Check in with your school counselor to confirm all the required documents have been sent to your colleges.

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 in the school’s portal for updates about your application? Will they email you? Will they mail you a letter?

Whether you are waiting for acceptance letters or just starting your applications, you can be 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 uncertain about where you want to apply to college? It's absolutely not too late to develop your plan, and we can help! Our college counselors will help you develop a customized list of colleges for you to apply to. Schedule your free 60‑minute appointment today by calling 888.747.2382, extension 119.


Financial Aid Season is Here!

Seniors, as you finish applying to college, it's time to turn your focus to applying for financial aid. For most families, the first step in applying for financial aid is to file the 2019‑2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For tips on filing the FAFSA, click here. For a quick checklist of items your family should gather and have handy as you begin to file your 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 are applying to college in New Hampshire, the only colleges in the state that require this additional form are Saint Anselm College and Dartmouth College.

If you have already filed your 2019‑2020 FAFSA form, but have since applied to additional colleges, remember to log back into your FAFSA and add the additional colleges to the School Selection section and resubmit 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 888.747.2382, extension 119 and let us help! .


Juniors ‑ Mark your Calendars!

WHAT: 20th Annual Destination College ‑ New Hampshire's Statewide College Planning Event

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019

WHERE: Hosted by Plymouth State University (PSU)

Predict Your Future with What You Learn Today

The Organizations' signature event is designed to help high school juniors and their families prepare for entry into college. This annual statewide college preparation convention is held every spring through collaborative efforts between The NHHEAF Network Organizations and the New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are FREE to students and parents.

The Organizations' attendees will have access to a variety of free college planning workshops such as “Creative Ways to Manage the Cost of College,” “The Write Stuff,” and “Paths to Choosing a College Major.” In addition, over 60 colleges and universities from across New England will be on‑hand as part of our annual college fair. We've got a great contest for a $500 scholarship for participating students as well! Registration is required for this event, and will open in early February 2019.

Questions? Call 888.747.2382, x119 or email us!


Red Sox Service Scholarship

Hey, seniors! Here is an opportunity to earn one of seventy $1,000 scholarships for academically talented New Hampshire public high school seniors who have shown commitment to community service. One student will be selected from each of these NH public high schools. Recipients of the Service Scholarships will be chosen from applications based on 1) Academic performance, 2) Demonstrated community service, and 3) Eligibility for financial aid. For more information about this scholarship, click here.


Scholarship Alert!

Will you graduate from high school in 2019? Do you have some advice for the Class of 2020 as they begin their college planning? If so, we encourage you to submit a three to five (3 to 5) minute speech for our DC Speech Contest. By submitting a speech about your own path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you could win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity to share your words of wisdom and encouragement with high school juniors and their families! The Speech Contest will open in mid-January 2019.

Applications are due Friday, February 15, 2019.


“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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