New Hampshire Student Grants for College
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The State of New Hampshire is dedicated to equal educational opportunities and programs to enable New Hampshire residents to reach their full potential and be productive members of society.
As part of the effort to achieve equal educational opportunities, there are many grants available to college students.
Being a Resident of NH
In general, applicants need to have been residents of New Hampshire for some time, but each grant has different conditions, so it is better to look at the conditions of the particular grants.
These grants are for residents of New Hampshire who attend one of the 12 public college and university systems or one of the 7 community college systems.
It is also for those who attend participating schools in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. www.neasc.org The 12 New Hampshire public colleges and university systems are:
- Granite State College, all campuses
- Great Bay Community College
- Keene State College
- Lakes Region Community College
- Manchester Community College
- Nashua Community College
- NHTI, Concord's Community College
- Plymouth State University
- River Valley Community College
- White Mountains Community College
- University of New Hampshire
- University of New Hampshire-Manchester
Grants are financial aid to assist a student in pursuing a college education that do not need to be repaid. The New Hampshire state government funds grants based on a variety of criteria including the student's ability to pay for a college education and academic excellence.
Grants may not always be given based on the family's income. There are two main types of grants:
- Grants based on need
- Grants based on merit
Grants based on the student's academic performance are merit-based grants. They require a certain Grade Point Average (GPA) and sometimes take financial need into consideration.
In New Hampshire, it is usually necessary to fill out the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application form when applying for a state grant.
Grants for New Hampshire Residents
For those who wish to attend only a New Hampshire state college or university, there are the Leveraged Incentive Grants. These are applied for directly though the college of choice, and eligibility is based on academic merit as well as financial need.
It is only given to sophomores, juniors or senior undergraduates. It gives up to $7500 per academic year. Granite State Scholars are academically talented students that qualify for the Granite State grant. Its aim is to keep top students studying at a participating state college.
These include Keene State, University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University. Undergraduate students with no previous bachelor's degree must be a resident of New Hampshire and have been designated a Granite State Scholar to be eligible. They must show financial need based on the federal government formula on the FAFSA form.
Applying for Grants
Students must apply through their public New Hampshire high school. To be designated a Granite State Scholar, students must be on a list sent to the New Hampshire Department of Education by their public or private school.
To get on this list the student must be in the top 10% of their class and have SAT I scores of 1200 combined or the equivalent on an ACT score.
Home schooled students can also apply if they have the ACT or SAT I scores. The participating schools will receive the list, and students can apply for the grant at the financial aid office at the college or university they plan to attend.
The New Hampshire Incentive Program (NHIP) is also a need-based grant that provides funds for students attending participating schools in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
It gives up to $1000 per academic year and all majors are eligible. New Hampshire residency is required.
Merit based recipients must attend full time and graduate at the top of the class. For this grant, students fill out the FAFSA application.
New England Regional Student Program
Also, for residents of New England states there is the New England Regional Student Program. It gives significant tuition help for students enrolled in the approved majors at public universities and collages in the New England states, if the approved majors are not offered by the in-state colleges of the student.
The approved majors are listed in The Apple Book, the annual program catalog.
Medical Education Program
The Medical Education Program awards New Hampshire residents grants to attend institutions offering allopathic and osteopathic medicine programs.
The recipient must qualify for admission to the medical school which is currently Dartmouth Medical School. It is renewable for up to 4 years.
The Veterinary Grant Program is for veterinary school students residing in New Hampshire. Its criteria is financial need as well as academic merit.
It offers financial aid based on need for those who want to attend Tufts University and based on academic merit for those who want to attend Cornell University.
Pell GrantThe New Hampshire Pell Grant is for students participating in the Federal Student Aid Program to attend college in New Hampshire. Those with an EFC lower than 3850 are eligible. There are almost 60 colleges and universities listed that participate in the Pell Grant Program.
Workforce Incentive Program
The New Hampshire Workforce Incentive Program gives grants to students who study in fields where there is a shortage of personnel.
These include nursing and teaching foreign languages and math. A shortage of teachers has inspired New Hampshire to offer excellent scholarships for high school juniors and seniors to go into the field of teaching. They can receive between $5000 and $10,000 towards tuition with the condition that they teach in New Hampshire public schools.
This grant has a forgivable component and a repayment component. The repayment loan requires one year of employment in New Hampshire in the shortage and starts repaying only after that. The forgivable loan is repaid by work or service in the shortage areas in New Hampshire or as an interest free loan.
Wildlife Research Grants
AV Stout Fund Research Grants are to support research in New England wildlife and its habitat. The aim is to improve wildlife management through innovation. This grant is available to students, resource managers, interns and organizations that qualify.
The Plan New Hampshire Fellowship Program's aim is to preserve the quality of life in New Hampshire by supporting sustainable buildings. They award several thousand dollars to New Hampshire students who pursue careers in:
- Mechanical engineering
- Studio art
- Interior design
They give $2,500 grants for sophomores, juniors and seniors that are highly qualified and $5,000 grants for graduate-level architectural students who will work to improve the built environment in Northern New England.
Applicants must be New Hampshire residents, have very good GPAs and demonstrate excellence in this field of study.
Scholarships and Other Possibilities
For orphans of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who died in combat while a resident of New Hampshire, there is up to $2500 scholarship money for residents to attend state public colleges or universities. It can be used for board and room as well as books for students attending a New Hampshire public institution.
The Mary Milliken Scholarship of $1000 each year is given to undergraduate students attending New Hampshire College. There is a different number of recipients each year.
Robert Byrd Scholarship
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship is a federally funded scholarship for high achievers in New Hampshire public schools. They must be New Hampshire resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. They must also have not defaulted on any previous federal aid. It allows recipients to attend any college or university in the United States.
Honors-level graduation high school seniors are nominated based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores, class rank and scholastic activities. They must also have already been accepted to a four-year college.
The amount given is up to $1500 annually and renewable for three more years if academic standards continue to be met. Applications are made during the applicant's senior year in high school. The deadline for applications is the first Friday in April.
Aid for Foster Children
Foster children also get financial help with tuition waivers. Foster children who are eligible must be enrolled full-time in a program that leads to a bachelor's degree, associate degree or certificate at any 2 or 4-year New Hampshire public institutions. They must be certified as a foster child by the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families.
The application must be submitted to the Division of Children, Youth and Families by March 15. This grant needs to be applied for every year, however, prior recipients will be given priority. To continue to receive this financial assistance, the recipient needs to maintain a GPA that will enable them to stay enrolled at their college or university as a full-time student.
EMU National Scholars
The EMU National Scholars Program is for resident students in states other than Michigan or Ohio. It is for four years and pays 30 credit hours annually as tuition differential.
Applicants must be new freshmen or new transfer students with a GPA of at least 3.5. They must also live in university housing for the first two years of the grant.
Lighthouse scholarships are available for the legally blind or partially sighted who are U.S. citizens and reside in New Hampshire among other states.
Applications may be given at any time during the candidate's course of study. It is a merit grant of $5,000 for four different categories:
- For recent high school graduates or present seniors who are college bound
- For any college undergraduates
- For undergraduate students who have been absent from high school or undergraduate college program for 10 years or more
- For college seniors or graduates who want to pursue a graduate-level program.