January 2019

My FAFSA is Filed! When Will My Financial Aid Offers Start to Arrive?

Congratulations, Seniors! College acceptance letters are starting to arrive and the excitement is beginning, but now you might be wondering when you can expect to receive your financial aid award. Rest assured, Financial Aid offices are hard at work putting together the best possible award they can to help you pay for your education. However, know that there will be some lag time between receiving your letter of acceptance and your financial aid award. The amount of time varies from a few days to a few months, depending on each school's process. Keep in mind many schools have moved away from physical mail (or snail mail) and have moved to electronic notifications through online portals. Throughout this process, we emphasize that you, the student, be constantly checking your email and logging into any appropriate portals for updates.

Remember, in order to receive federal and/or institutional financial aid, you must have completed all of the necessary forms, such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile® form. Check with your schools for their individual requirements for which forms are required ‑ and when (look on each school's financial aid website for which forms they require and the due date).

If you have not yet started the financial aid process by filing your 2019‑2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), let us help! Our college counselors can assist you and your parent(s). Call us at 888.747.2382, x119 to schedule your FREE 60‑minute appointment at our Concord campus.


Your Next Financial Aid Step Might Be Verification!

As part of the financial aid process, colleges are required to verify that the information provided to them on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is accurate. If you have not already done so as part of filing the FAFSA, students and parents may be asked to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to connect directly to the IRS from the student's FAFSA and transfer their tax information into the form if they had not previously done so. Using this tool ensures accuracy for a Financial Aid Office. If the student or parent(s) are unable to utilize the DRT, the college may request copies of both the parent(s) and student's tax transcript, which can be found on the IRS website.


Do You Need to Adjust Your Plans for College?

“The reality is, while imperfect in many ways, college admission truly is about matching a student's strengths and interests to an institution's mission and opportunities. In selective college admission, especially, there are simply not enough spaces for the abundance of qualified applicants, which means some must be shut out. A deferral or denial are not calamities, but rather an invitation to change priorities.” Our colleague and friend, Brennan Barnard, The Derryfield School's Director of College Counseling and Outreach, wrote this article recently for Forbes Magazine about dealing with a deferral or denial of admission to college.

If you find you need to “change priorities”, let us help! Call us at 888.747.2382, x119 to schedule your FREE 60‑minute appointment at our Concord campus to meet with one of our college counselors who can help you identify other opportunities for you to pursue your education after high school!


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 ‑ FREE signature college planning convention is designed to help high school juniors and their families prepare for entry into college. Registration for this event opens in mid‑January and registration is required for all attendees, including students and parents. As part of the day's activities, one participating student will win a $500 college scholarship! For more details, click here.


And for the Class of 2020… No Essays, Applications or Minimum GPA ‑ Just the Chance to Win $40,000!

Juniors ‑ turn your efforts into college scholarships! Get rewarded for your effort and initiative! It’s easy to do by completing key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships from The College Board. The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six, and you're eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action. Click here to learn more!


“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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