September 2019

Welcome‑Class of 2020!

This is it ‑ your senior year is here. As you plan for life after high school, it's important to realize the college admissions process is your process ‑ and may be different than the path your friends will navigate. If you are still unsure of your college plan, it's okay. The Center for College Planning is here to help. You can access valuable information to help you apply to college, such as navigating the Common Application, writing your college essay, and determining whether early action, early decision, or regular decision admission deadlines are right for you, here.

In addition, we encourage high school seniors and families to meet with one of our expert college counselors for a FREE 60‑minute college planning appointment. During your meeting, we can answer your questions about the college admissions process. Call us at 888.747.2382, ext. 119 to schedule your appointment today.


The College Insider Series: College Admissions ‑ Get Your Copy Today!

Have you received your 2019 ‑ 2020 College Insider yet? This comprehensive guide will help you to navigate the college admissions process (with easy‑to‑use checklists) while introducing you and your family to the financial aid process. Check with your high school's counseling office for your copy or email us to have a copy sent to you today!


Fall Is the Perfect Time to Attend a College Fair!

Attending a college fair is a great way to learn about colleges and the programs and majors they offer. You can demonstrate interest in your favorite colleges and learn about others you may never have thought to explore. These fairs also provide a perfect opportunity to meet the admissions representatives most likely to read your college application! College fairs are a great way to jumpstart your college search or to enhance the process you have already begun, so get out there and explore.

Ask your school counselor about college fairs in your area, and plan to attend the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC)'s Fall Fairs at the University of New Hampshire, October 7-8.


The College Essay

Let's face it ‑ writing a college essay is no easy task! You are anxious because you want to make sure your topic is interesting, appropriate, and meaningful. At the same time, you want to express who you are honestly and passionately to the admission staff. And on top of all of this, you have to be aware of application deadlines.


How do you accomplish these tasks in 650 words or less and complete everything on time? Consider making yourself a timeline to accomplish your goals. The college essay is not something you can complete in just one sitting. You will need time to research topics, brainstorm your ideas, create a rough draft, review the draft with teachers or counselors, and finalize your essay for submission. Get more insight on writing an effective college essay here.


Free Money for College!

Apply now for the College Jumpstart Scholarship. This $1000 scholarship is awarded bi-annually in October and April to qualified high school students in grades 10 through 12 or current college students who are committed to using education to better their lives as well as those of their family and/or community. Applications are due October 17th.

The Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway ‑ up to $100,000 ‑ asks students to create a goal by “telling us how you’ll change the world in 350 characters or less” and posting this on their Facebook page. Students receiving more than 50 votes will continue on to create a video detailing why they deserve to be a tuition contestant. Applicants must apply by October 17th.

High school students in grades 9 through 12 can apply for the KidGuard for Education Scholarship which awards $1000 to raise awareness of the importance of safety on the internet and cyberbullying. Interested applicants should complete the application and submit an essay or video responding to one of the essay prompts found here. Application deadline is October 31st.


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