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New Hampshire Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

New Hampshire ranks as the 41st state according to population. That has not limited its development of post-secondary institutions, however. It is home to a number of universities and colleges, including Dartmouth College, which was founded in 1769 and is New Hampshire’s oldest post-secondary institution. Students who wish to attend or are currently attending Dartmouth College or any other New Hampshire post-secondary institution may be eligible to participate in federal and state financial aid programs. Students may also be eligible to receive scholarships from the community.

How to Find New Hampshire Scholarships and Financial Aid

When you are looking for New Hampshire scholarships and financial aid, there are four main places to search:

  • U.S. Government—federal grants and low-interest loans
  • New Hampshire state government—grants, scholarships, and tuition waivers
  • New Hampshire universities and colleges
  • New Hampshire organizations, foundations, and businesses

U.S. Government Provides Financial Aid to New Hampshire Students

New Hampshire students who have financial need may qualify for federal financial aid. To see if you qualify, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Applications are usually due June 30 the year you need the aid and are available January 1 the year prior. The New Hampshire state deadline for the FAFSA is May 1, by midnight Central Daylight Time. Your school may also have its own FAFSA deadline. Check with your financial aid/scholarship office to be sure you don’t miss it.

Your financial aid/scholarship office decides how much assistance you need. If you do qualify, you may receive a financial aid package, which may include federal grants and/or loans. Federal grants do not need to be paid back and federal loans need to be paid back. You may accept as much as you want.

New Hampshire State Financial Aid Programs

The state of New Hampshire offers several state-supported financial aid programs for students. Here is a list of available programs:

NH Incentive Program
This New Hampshire financial aid program supports New Hampshire students studying in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Students must have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $0. Students only need to file the FAFSA.

Leveraged Incentive Grant Program
New Hampshire residents who are studying full-time at an accredited New Hampshire post-secondary institution are eligible to apply for this program. Awards are based on merit and need. Contact your financial aid office for more information.

Workforce Incentive Program
This New Hampshire financial aid program offers education loan repayment and forgivable loans to students who are studying in areas with shortages in the workforce. These areas may include nursing, world languages, special education, chemistry education, general science, physics, and physical science. Students must have financial need. Download an application here.

Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans
Children of veterans who died or were disabled while serving in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, or the Gulf Wars are eligible for this program. Applicants must be 16 to 25 years old and a resident of New Hampshire. Parents must also be veterans of New Hampshire. Download an application here.

Granite State Scholars Program
New Hampshire residents who have financial need may qualify for this program. To apply, file a FAFSA and contact your financial aid/scholarship office.

Medical Education Program
Students who are pursuing a degree in allopathic medicine at Dartmouth Medcal School or a degree in osteopathic medicine at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, may qualify for this program. Only residents of New Hampshire are qualified for this program.

Veterinary Education Program
New Hampshire residents pursuing degrees in veterinary medicine at Tufts or Cornell University are eligible for this New Hampshire financial aid program. The program is offered through Tufts University as a need-based program and through Cornell University as a merit-based program.

Tuition Waivers for Foster Children
New Hampshire residents who are pursuing a post-secondary degree are eligible to receive this waiver. Twenty students are chosen every year. Students must be younger than 23 years old and enrolled full-time at an accredited post-secondary institution.

Scholarships from New Hampshire Universities and Colleges

New Hampshire university and college scholarships are offered to students based on merit, need, major, special talent, leadership/community service, and any combination of these things. Most schools offer merit-based scholarships through their admissions office and students are automatically considered for them when they submit their applications for admission. Other scholarships, such as those based on leadership/community service or major, may require separate applications. Check with your financial aid/scholarship office for specific directions.

Scholarships from New Hampshire Organizations, Foundations, and Businesses

Another place to search for scholarships is your local community. Foundations, professional organizations, and business in your area may offer scholarships to students. Here is a list of in-state scholarships available to students from professional groups:

New Hampshire High Technology Council
Kocher Technology Scholarships are available to children and spouses of employees of members of the NHHTC. To qualify applicants need to be enrolled at an accredited post-secondary institution in a math, technology, engineering, or science program in New Hampshire. The scholarship is offered through New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Contact the NHHTC at info@nhhtc.org or 603-924-TECH (603-924-8324) for more information.

New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association
Scholarships are available to high school seniors or first year students studying Automotive Technology at Berlin, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, and Stratham community college campuses.

New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association
The NHLRA offers one $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors and one $1,000 scholarship for currently enrolled students. Applicants must be residents of New Hampshire who are enrolled in accredited New Hampshire post-secondary institutions and studying hospitality. Click here for more information.

New Hampshire Library Association
NHLA members who are studying library science in an ALA-approved library program are eligible to receive the F. Mabel Winchell Loan ($1,000 interest-free loan) or the Rosalie Norris Scholarship ($1,000). Applicants must be New Hampshire residents. Click here for a current application.

Plan New Hampshire
Plan NH offers one scholarship of $2,000 to New Hampshire students studying programs affiliated with the built environment. Fellowships of $2,500 or $5,000 are offered to undergraduates and graduates who are studying architecture, interior design, mechanical engineering, and studio art. Applicants must be New Hampshire residents. For more information and applications, visit the Plan NH website.

Three Things to Remember While Searching for New Hampshire Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • New Hampshire programs are available to students with specific backgrounds, circumstances, or academic interests. These may require you to submit applications other than the FAFSA. Talk to your financial aid/scholarship office to make sure you don’t miss out.
  • When applying for New Hampshire university or college scholarships, speak with your financial aid/scholarship office to make sure you follow the correct application procedures. Your school may have different application procedures for different scholarships.
  • Remember to apply to local New Hampshire scholarships before seeking national or state-wide scholarships. Local scholarships have fewer applicants and give you a better chance to win.

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