Recognizing that academic and financial preparation is essential for college-bound students and their families, The NHHEAF Network Organizations' Center for College Planning (CCP) coordinates a statewide campaign during the month of November.
The goal of the “I Am College Bound” campaign is to provide New Hampshire high school students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals. The Center for College Planning team especially encourages low-income students, their parents and their mentors to recognize that New Hampshire campuses and the U.S. Department of Education offer strong financial aid programs which enable eligible individuals to access financial assistance in paying for education beyond high school.
Studies have shown that benefits, beyond financial, to furthering education include an increased ability to think critically and analytically, express oneself more clearly orally and in writing, analyze and compute more effectively, and make knowledgeable and sound decisions. Also, greater job opportunities in a rapidly changing world are available to college graduates. It is projected that the jobs we know today will be non-existent ten years from now and that jobs of the future will be far more dependent on brain power than muscle power, making education beyond high school more crucial. According to the College Board, the investment for the typical student pays off very well over the course of a lifetime — even considering the expense of higher education. Perhaps even more importantly, increased earnings are by no means the only positive outcome of higher education. The knowledge, fulfillment, self-awareness, and broadening of horizons associated with education transform the lives of students and of those with whom they live and work.
Some benefits include:
Interested in learning more about trends in higher education? Reliable and comprehensive data from the College Board is provided for educators, policymakers and interested individuals for the purpose of shedding light on the current state of college prices and student financial aid, and how it changes from year to year.
These resources include:
For the latest data from the College Board, visit the Trends in Higher Education Series online.
Celebrating “I Am College Bound” Month is a great start, but there are activities that can continue throughout the year to reinforce the idea and the importance of post-secondary education.
Inspiring today's youth is essential in helping them reach their goals and aspirations. As school teachers or counselors, you play a pivotal role in the lives of your students. Below are ways that you may wish to utilize in order to promote college awareness in your classroom during “I Am College Bound” Month or any time!
While it is beneficial to promote college awareness in individual classrooms, it is important to instill a college-going mentality within the entire school community. Below are ways to inspire all students in your school to make receiving a college degree a long-term goal.
Discover U, an interactive early college planning program, is designed to get 8th grade students excited about the opportunities higher education holds for them and to teach the students what is expected of them in the next all-important four years of high school. The information and tips they receive in this day-long event hosted on a local college campus will act as a guide for them towards success in meeting their educational goals. Students will have the opportunity to tour a New Hampshire college campus, hear from a panel of college students about their college experiences, dine in the college’s dining hall, and participate in a variety of activities all designed to encourage them on their path to college.
“Students in attendance will also receive brightly colored NHCollegeClub.com backpacks filled with college planning materials for students and parents, including an Early College Planning Guide to help parents planning for their child’s future education. To learn more about the Discover U program, contact the Center for College Planning at 888.7.GRADUATE x119.”
There is no doubt that the use of the internet has revolutionized the college application process. But with so many options, how can parents and students find the most appropriate information? The college counselors at The NHHEAF Network Organizations Center for College Planning have created a "best of the web" list to help guide families. Here you'll find many helpful sites with FREE resources. However, recognize that many sites charge a fee for their services or guarantee results. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.