For Immediate Release
September 30, 2013

Contact: Tara Payne
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Expert College Guidance Available for Free for NH Families

Concord, NH - As thousands of New Hampshire high school seniors begin applying for college admission, the nonprofit NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) is available to help support them through the process. Val Castonguay is one of the experts who provides students and their families with free resources and expert advice. According to Castonguay, “The college admissions process is complex, particularly for first-generation college students. It is a privilege to share our expertise to make the process a little easier.” NHHEAF college counselors visit every New Hampshire high school to deliver college planning and financial aid presentations. Many NH high schools are also hosting College Overview for Seniors programs and Financial Aid Nights. For a calendar of scheduled events, visit

NHHEAF also offers free one-on-one college counseling appointments at their Concord offices. Families interested in setting up an appointment are encouraged to call the toll-free college planning phone line at 888.7.GRADUATE x119. According to Castonguay, “Fortunately, we can help families with just about any aspect of the college process – from early college savings and writing admission essays to filing the financial aid forms. And, we have a wide network of college experts we can reach out to when needed.” For families unable to attend a school-based presentation or to travel to Concord, NHHEAF offers pre-recorded webinars which can be access from NHHEAF’s YouTube channel at

While applying for college admission and financial aid can be a source of stress for students and parents, NH residents can turn to NHHEAF for free assistance with successfully completing college applications accurately and on time.