DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 10, 2013

N.H. offers free help filing for college financial aid


Derry News

---- — CONCORD — Many high school seniors across New Hampshire are turning their attention to a very important step in the college application process — applying for federal financial aid.

On Jan. 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid was released, launching local students and their parents into a very important season of applying for the financial support they need to pursue higher education.

The FAFSA is required by all colleges and universities across the nation to determine a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid, federal education grants and for some universities, institutional grants and assistance. Colleges and universities impose strict deadlines for the submission of these forms students need to meet to be considered for any available aid.

New Hampshire families need not worry, The NHHEAF Network Organizations’ Center for College Planning offers families free financial aid advice and assistance filling out these sometimes confusing forms.

All New Hampshire students looking for assistance can schedule a one-on-one FAFSA filing appointment with a knowledgeable College Outreach Specialist from the CCP.

“It is imperative for local students to understand that these forms need to be submitted by a deadline to be considered for financial aid at the colleges and universities they are applying to,” said Jay Hauser, senior college outreach specialist. “We know that these forms can cause anxiety for students and parents, but we are here to answer any questions and ensure the forms are filed accurately and on time.”

Throughout January and February, parents and students can register for Saturday appointments, offered by the CCP in partnership with the New Hampshire Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. During these appointments all financial aid questions can be addressed and the necessary forms will be completed in their entirety.

“Over the past few years, we have been able to help thousands of New Hampshire families with this free service,” said Tori Berube, assistant vice president of college planning. “Our goal is to offer assistance to all college-bound students and their families who need support, making sure that any fear of completing these forms is not a barrier to their pursuing higher education goals.”

Free one-on-one FAFSA filing appointments at NHHEAF’s Concord offices will be available Monday through Friday and on Saturdays throughout January and February.

To request a free appointment, call 888.7.GRADUATE, Ext. 119. Pre-registration is required.

Many state high schools are also hosting FAFSA filing days. For a calendar of scheduled events, visit nhheaf.mhsoftware.com.

Financial Aid Night information sessions will also be presented, beginning Jan. 21. Pre-registration is required for all webinars and workshops at nhheaf.org/events.asp.

The CCP also offers a toll-free line available for quick questions or extensive phone appointments at 888.7.GRADUATE, Ext. 119. For other important tips when filing the FAFSA, visit the Financial Aid section of NHHEAF’s website at nhheaf.org.