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  • UNITED STATES SENATORS

    JEANNE SHAHEEN AND MAGGIE HASSAN

    invite you to the

    2021 VIRTUAL NH MILITARY SERVICE

    ACADEMY DAY

    For students who are interested in obtaining a nomination to a United States Service Academy from the

    NH congressional delegation andfor those interested in attending any of the Service

    Academies. Staff from the offices of Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, Congresswoman Kuster and Congressman Pappas will also be available to discuss the nomination process.

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

    9:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

    RSVP via email to RSVP@shaheen.senate.gov or contact Senator Shaheen's Office at (603) 647-7500.

    Login information for the virtual event will be provided to those who RSVP.


    At this point in the spring, many seniors are settled with their plans for graduation and beyond. For others, particularly this year, they might NOW be starting to think about (or reevaluating) their futures- and we want to help! NHHEAF’s Center for College Planning is partnering with NH Colleges and Universities to bring to you the 1st Spring 2021 COLLEGE APPLICATION SPREE! 

    This free, virtual event is for NH seniors who are still searching or thinking about their options for after high school and need some additional advice, support and encouragement. We are so lucky to have Admissions Representatives from 15 different NH Colleges and Universities volunteering to help your seniors with applications for fall 2021 enrollment, as well as general questions, and even possible on site admission! Please see the details below.

    College Application Spree (virtual) event:

    • Dates: Thursday, April 22nd  12:00-4:00 p.m.

          Friday, April 23rd 12:00-4:00 p.m.

          Saturday, April 24th 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    • Open to ALL NH HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS!
    • Seniors register here for a one hour appointment: College Application Spree  (feel free to post this link on your website, a flyer will be coming soon!)
    • Seniors will choose from three options (can choose more than one):

    o   I am ready for an application review

    o   I need help with application(s) I’ve started

    o   I have questions before starting an application

    • Seniors will also be able to list the college(s) they want to specifically meet with during the event.
    • Once registered, student will get a confirmation email with the main College Application Spree event link along with application and essay tips.
    • We are the hosts! NHHEAF and CCP counselors will be hosting this event and running the breakout rooms for students and colleges.

    Day of the event:

    • Students will click on a main Zoom link at their designated time.
    • We will welcome students and put them in the appropriate breakout room with a college rep or CCP Counselor. If a student finishes with one volunteer before their hour appointment is done, they will have the option to meet with an additional volunteer(s).
    • Seniors will complete a brief exit survey at the end of their appointment.
    • Seniors will also receive a follow up communication to schedule a FAFSA appointment with one of our CCP Counselors.

    What do students need?

    • Electronic copy of their transcript (even if a student does not have an application started, having a transcript on hand is helpful for the admissions representative to see what type of student they are and help guide that conversation.)
    • Access to any test scores SAT/ACT.
    • Essay (if needed/started/completed)
    • If ready, either the Institutional or Common Application. Mostly completed is ideal, but any progress is great!
    • Note: students will be instructed to bring these materials with them in their confirmation and reminder emails.

    Benefits of the day?

    • Your seniors get expert help from knowledgeable experienced College Representative(s).
    • Possible on-site admission or application review.
    • Opportunity to complete a same day application.
    • Wrap around support with follow up FAFSA appointment and help.

    We know college admissions numbers are down, as are FAFSA filings. There are many fantastic opportunities still available to seniors for the Fall of 2021. This is created to be a positive event giving seniors a spring chance to apply to the program right for them- two-year, four-year, certificate programs are all open for admission. Please share this awesome event information with your counseling team, senior students, advisors, your Adult Ed Coordinators and Administration; we truly want as many seniors as possible to graduate with a path and plan.

    Registration is open-have your seniors join us! 2021College Application Spree


    Hello Seniors and Parents,

    Now that the college application process is over and you are receiving your financial aid award letters and/or making tuition decisions, many of you might be asking "Now what"? 

    Next Wednesday evening, April 7th,@ 6:00pm, we will be hosting a "How to Pay for College" seminar.  This evening program helps senior families understand and evaluate financial aid packages. We discuss such issues as reporting outside scholarships, financing options, avoiding scholarship scams and writing special circumstance letters. Attendees will receive assorted reference materials. Denise Fall from the NHHEAF organization will present. 

    Please register below  

    You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

    When: Apr 7, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Topic: Paying for College 101-Souhegan HS 

    Register in advance for this webinar:

    https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_4CKtYQCaQIOE8qC1QiRXsw 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    FREE FAFSA

    The NHHEAF Center for College Planning is offering FREE File-a-FAFSA assistance at its College Planning Library in Concord, NH.  Please see the attached flyer for dates/times that are available to you.  If you need assistance in filing the FAFSA, please call to set up an appointment at the number listed on the flyer.  In the recent past, NHHEAF has hosted these events at the high schools, however, this year they will only be offering these appointments at their center.  It is a very helpful event and virtually stress free!

    Please call NHHEAF at 888-7-GRADUATE, ext. 119 if you have any questions

    http://www.nhheaf.org/pdfs/handouts/FAFSAflyer.pdf


     AFFORDABLE COLLEGES HELPING WOMEN IN STEM CAREERS

    Scholarship, Programs and Organizations Helping Women Bridge the STEM Gender Gap

    Affordable Colleges Online has a resource  guide for women interested in STEM careers.   

    If you are interested in additional information, please visit their very informative site by using the link below:

    http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/women-in-stem


     

    COLLEGE BOARD OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

    • Applying to college is a complicated process, so the College Board has created a program that guides students through it.
    • This scholarship program is open to all students and it doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA.
    • Instead, it rewards student effort and initiative.
    • Students complete key steps along their path to college for chances to earn scholarships.
    • Approximately, nine percent (1,458) of NH students in the class of 2021 have signed up for the College Board Opportunity Scholarships and seven students have won scholarships totaling $5,500
    • To learn more, please visit: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

    The College Board partners with scholarship providers connected to the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and PSAT™ 10. Through these partners, students can access over $300 million in scholarship awards. Learn more at psat.org/scholarships.

    Below are notifications of three scholarship openings that are specific to American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander students:

    American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

    AISES is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations, and other Indigenous peoples of North America in STEM studies and careers.
    One of the ways AISES strives to meet their mission is through the numerous scholarships that are provided for AISES members (membership is free to all pre-college and college students). AISES scholarships are all merit-based and range from $1,000 to $10,000 an academic year and are available at the college and graduate level. The applications open on December 15 of each year and close on March 31 of the following year.
    Please visit their website at aises.org/students/scholarships.

    Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholars

    Based in Washington, D.C., APIA Scholars is the nation's largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander American students. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to APIA students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a U.S. accredited college or university.
    The scholarship application for the 2021-22 academic year will be available until January 14, 2021, 5 p.m. ET. For more information on the APIA scholarship, including eligibility requirements, visit apiascholars.org.
    If you have any questions, please contact APIA Scholars at applicant@apiasf.org.

    Cobell Scholarship, Administered by Indigenous Education, Inc.

    The Cobell Scholarship program provides elevated opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native college students by empowering them with an engaging scholarship experience designed to support their success in higher education.
    Vocational, undergraduate, and graduate-level students are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. federally recognized tribe and be attending a nonprofit institution. The applications open on December 15 of each year and close on March 31 of the following year. For more information, please visit cobellscholar.org.


    NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP MONTH    Scholarships — RoofersCoffeeShop®
    National Scholarship Month is in full swing!!! The team @STUDY.COM are highlighting their comprehensive financial aid and scholarship guides for college students to share information about different resources that can be utilized to fund a college education!!!!!  They've created an in-depth, expert-verified Guide to FAFSA and Financial Aid along with a number of comprehensive scholarship guides to help all students in their journey to gaining a deree.

    Scholarship Guide for Hispanic and Latino Students

    For a more accessible translated version to better serve the Spanish-speaking audience PLEASE CLICK HERE!!!

    Scholarship Guide for LGBTQ Students

    Scholarship Guide for Students of Color


    The College Process in the Midst of a Pandemic

    How to Find Online Programs Accepting Transfer Credits

    www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/transfer-to-online-college/ 

    The following web-site is helpful to determine how courses at the colleges in New Hampshire transfer to other in-state schools.  www.nhtransfer.org  
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    STUDY.COM has developed a comprehensive financial aid and scholarship guide for students to share information about different resources that can be utilized to fund their nursing program.  CLICK HERE for a guide to "how to pay for nursing school". 
    The guide will outline:
    *Expected costs of nursing school
    *Available federal, private, institutional, and military aid for nursing students
    *Scholarships and repayment programs open to nursing students
    *Loan forgiveness programs for nurses.
     
    ONLINE NURSING PROGRAMS INFORMATION
     HELPFUL WEBSITES AND RESOURCES
     
    The College Board
    Registration for CSS Profile: General college and Financial Aid/scholarship information.
     
    SAT/SAT Subject Test
    CollegeBoard Testing registrationsite and college information
     
    ACT
    American College Testing registration site and college information.
     
    National Association of College Admission Counseling
    Information on college admissions policies.  General college and Financial Aid/scholarship information.
     
    FAFSA INFORMATION
    Federal Financial Aid form and information and application
    www.fafsa.ed.gov
     
    New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation
    Information on colleges and how to fund your education 
     
    FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION AND SCHOLARSHIP
     
    COMMON APPLICATION
     
    NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM
    Information on Regional Programs/Tuition breaks for programs no offered at NH puplic colleges
     
    COLLEGE SEARCH INFORMATION 

    COLLEGE GUIDE FOR STUDENTS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS 
    The new College Guide for Student with Visual Impairments featured on BestColleges.com
    For more information please visit:  
     
    College Bound: A Group for High School Juniors & Seniors | JFCS of Greater  Mercer County
    HELPFUL TIPS WHEN VISITING A COLLEGE
     
    The Questions listed below offer some suggestions for issues to consider during your visit.

    Physical facilities
     A. Geographical location
     B. Proximity to other colleges or attractive cultural opportunities
     C. Size of the school
     D. Size of the freshman class
     E. Residence halls
        1 Location of classes and dining room to residence halls
        2. Are they coed? If so, how are they organized(by floor,by suite,by room)?
        3. Are there special residence hails available(single sex,quiet floors,etc.)?
        4. Are there enforced quiet hours? What are the other rules?
        5. Where do freshmen tend to live? Are they grouped together within residence halls or 
    are they randomly distributed?

        6. Are there sufficient rooms for all interested students throughout the four years? 

        7. Are most rooms singles, doubles, triples, or suites?

        8. Is there a variety of food plans available?

        9. Do most students stay on campus on the weekends?

    F. Admissions

        1. Do you recalculate GPA? If so, how?

        2. Do you require standardized tests?

        3. What are the average GPA and SAT scores used for admissions?

        4. Do you give credit for college courses taken in high school? Are there any limitations?

        5. What are your acceptance rates?

       

    G. Academics

    A. How is the school calendar organized? (semester, trimester, 4-1-4)
        1. Are summer programs available or required?
        2. Is there a special winter or January program?
        3. How many courses do students usually take during each term?

    B. Alternative study programs
        1. Are there exchange programs with other colleges for a term or for a year?
        2. Are foreign study programs available?
        3. Is Pass-Fail a grading option?

    C. Academic policies (These are usually found in the school catalog)
        1. How many courses are needed to graduate?
        2. How soon does a student have to declare a major7
        3. Are there distribution requirements in different subject areas?
        4. Are then any interdisciplinary majors available?
        5. What unusual undergraduate majors are available?
        6. Am I eligible for the honors program?
    D. Academic issues
        1. What are class sizes? (Don't use averages.) What differences exist between introductory and advanced classes in terms of size?
        2. Are tutors available?
        3. What departments are particularly distinguished?
        4. Are large classes broken down into discussion sections? Who leads these discussion sections?
        5. Do the "academic stars" of the faculty teach undergraduates?
        6. How competitive is the department in which I am interested?
        7. Can I enter my major immediately, or do I have to wait one or two years? Am I guaranteed entrance to my major field?
    E. Attrition rate
        1. For freshmen?
        2. By the end of the senior year?
    F. Placement Office
        1. Is there an active placement service here?
        2. What is the placement percentage for students in my major?
        3. Will the Placement Office help me find an internship during school?
    G. Student Health Center
        1. Are good hospital or clinic facilities available?
        2. Is there a strong counseling service?

    Extracurricular Facilities
    A. Computers
        1. What specialized computers and software are available?
        2. Is there high-speed access to the Internet from all dorm rooms?
        3. During which hours are the on-campus computer labs open?
    B. Libraries
        1. How extensive are the hours?
        2. Do many students use the library to study7
    C. Laboratories
        1. Are there foreign language labs?
        2. Are the science labs available outside of scheduled lab time?
        3. What is the access policy to computer labs throughout campus?
    D. Athletics
        1. What are the facilities for men? for women?
        2. What opportunities exist for the non-athletic but interested student?
    E. Theater
        1. Are the programs open to non-theatre majors?
        2. Are there student directors

    Questions to ask students

    1. Why did you choose this school?

    2. Where else did you apply?

    3. What do you like about this school?

    4. What don’t you like about this school?

    5. What is the social life like here?

    6. Are the classes challenging?

    Don't forget
    A. Pick up copies of the student newspaper to get a feel for the issues on campus
    B. Arrange to eat a meal where the students normally eat.