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According to the Project on Student Debt, from 2008 to 2012, debt at graduation (federal and private loans combined) increased an average of six percent nationally. New Hampshire's student debt numbers were among the highest. The average debt was $32,698 and the proportion of students with debt was 74%. During the Fall, we announced the completion of an independent study, Why Is Student Debt So High In New Hampshire?, prepared by local researcher Brian Gottlob of PolEcon Research, which addresses the factors that contribute to New Hampshire's especially high levels of debt. To learn about the local study results, visit www.nhstudentdebtstudy.com.


Financial aid season is upon us and the CCP team is available to assist students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in our Concord offices. We still have availability for weekday, select Saturday and evening appointments by calling 800-525-2577 x119.

Financial Aid Night presentations and FAFSA filing sessions are being presented in partnership with the

NH Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. With so many changes in student aid, we are thankful for NHASFAA members' expertise and time. Finally, we also encourage you to learn more about federal student aid at:  www.studentaid.gov. For FAFSA filing tips, visit http://www.nhheaf.org/index?page=pay_fafsatips.


Last summer NH Higher Education Loan Corporation, one of The NHHEAF Network Organizations, launched a nonprofit private student loan. As part of its strategic planning process, the organization decided it must make a clearer connection between how its student loan program earnings support the activities and services provided through the Center for College Planning (CCP). Therefore, while CCP staff will not promote or sell any loan products, the presentations at the high school level will incorporate the loan's EDvestinU logo and reference its financial support. (ex. "Underwriting for this program provided by EDvestinU Private Student Loan.") 
While the attribution for support will be more obvious, the CCP team will continue to provide unbiased information when counseling students and families.

Students can begin applying to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation on Monday, February 3, 2014. The Foundation uses an online application form at www.nhcf.org for the majority of its scholarship resources. This process allows students to submit a single application and to be automatically considered for all participating scholarships. Up to $500,000 will be awarded to students studying in the STEM fields through the "STEM Scholars" program. There is a guide to the online application process available to download from the NHCF website for you and your students: NHCF Online Application 


Many of your favorite CCP classroom presentations are now available for you to download and deliver at your convenience! PowerPoint presentations, detailed lesson plans and applicable handouts are provided to guide you. Learn more at our school counselor training page.. Did you know that you and your students can check out all of our college planning and financial aid webinars on our NHHEAF YouTube Channel? 





Destination College will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire University. The annual FREE event was designed especially for high school juniors and their parents. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of college planning workshops and college fair with 50 colleges and universities. Space is limited. Registration opens in early February. Posters to encourage registration will be sent to all high schools by early January. 



The I Am College Bound Promo of the Month invites students to participate in a variety of different promotions intended to engage students in learning more about the college selection process and making college more affordable. We encourage students to participate in each month's promotion

for the chance to win great prizes! Reminder: Students no longer need to use their username and password to participate in the monthly promotions. The former I Am College Bound site has been redirected to a page on the  

The NHHEAF Network Organizations' Center for College Planning

4 Barrell Court * Concord NH, 03301