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Scholarship Guide for Minority Students

Planning...and paying...for college. The scariest part of it all. Fear not, there is a lot of help to be offered at ASD and beyond.

New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF)
NHHEAF is New Hampshire's source of knowledge for everything college. They provide free college planning assistance and state-of-the-art service to NH students and parents! See their sister page, "I am College Bound," under the Scholarships section.

Financial Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA application becomes available on January 1. It is recommended that you do it as soon as possible. Each school you are applying to has their own deadlines for when the FAFSA is due. Be mindful of these deadlines!

College Scholarship Service (CSS)/Financial Aid PROFILE - For many private colleges
The PROFILE is completed online through CollegeBoard and is available on October 1. This PROFILE is for non-federal aid, and will help colleges determine your eligibility for scholarships/grants. Check to see if the college are you applying to requires the PROFILE. Remember: submitting the PROFILE is not free. The cost is $25 for the first college submission, and $16 for subsequent submissions.

Articulation Agreements
NH Transfer
There are articulation agreements between the community colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) and the four-year public colleges in the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). For example, a student could earn their two-year Associate of Science degree in Software Development and transfer 100% of the credits to a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science at Keene State or Information Technology at Plymouth State. This method serves as a nice transition between high school and college, and also leads to lower tuition bills. 

Tuition Break for New England Residents
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)
New Hampshire residents seeking a college major that is not offered at one of the NH state schools are eligible for a tuition break. This tuition break allows the student to seek an equivalent program at another New England state school for a tuition discount.