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Regional New Hampshire College Access Conventions welcomed hundreds of New Hampshire tenth grade students to a college in their region to learn about how to make the journey to college possible. Students received materials and resources to support their college search, to understand financial aid and how to pay for college, and to formulate a plan to prepare for and apply to college.

Students toured their host colleges and engaged with current college students. Current college students from various New Hampshire colleges and universities answered questions about what college is like, their journey to get there, how to succeed, and more.

Admission counselors from several New Hampshire higher education institutions offered information and insight into the college application process. They also answered questions about what colleges are looking for and how to find a college that fits students’ needs and wants.

The College Access Conventions are supported by the New Hampshire College & University Council’s GEAR UP (Gaining Early Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) NH Alliance and NH Scholars projects. They seek to support students, especially underserved and first-generation students, in their journey to college and career success.

Southern New Hampshire University hosted the Manchester area College Access Convention and Keene State College hosted the western New Hampshire area College Access convention. Two additional conventions were cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Plymouth State University was slated to host the Lakes Region college access convention and White Mountains Community College was to host the North Country regional college access convention.

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