I Am College Bound

In 2018, then Kennett High Senior Danielle Solomon applied to three colleges for free — the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College and Plymouth State University — during free college registration day. (LLOYD JONES PHOTO)

CONWAY — On Friday, Kennett High School will again participate in “I Am College Bound/I Applied,” an initiative designed to increase the number of New Hampshire high school seniors submitting college applications.

During this event, high school seniors get the opportunity to submit at least one college admissions application for free with the assistance of representatives from admissions offices from various New Hampshire colleges and universities.

According to Jennifer Murphy, director of school counseling at KHS, “the campaign, open to all high school seniors at participating high schools, provides additional assistance and encouragement to students who may be the first in their family to attend college, low-income students and others who may be unfamiliar with the college application process.”

In addition, she added, application fees for all New Hampshire colleges and universities are waived for this specific day at Kennett High School.

Forty-nine public high schools across the Granite State are taking part in this program throughout the month of November

Since 2014, more than 4,850 New Hampshire high school seniors have submitted over 11,500 college applications.

At Kennett last year, 53 seniors completed 122 applications and saved close to $6,000 in application fees.

The program, according to the I Am College Bound/I Applied website, “is part of a nationwide initiative coordinated by ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning. In New Hampshire, the program is supported by the New Hampshire Department of Education, The NHHEAF Network Organizations, the New Hampshire Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the New Hampshire School Counselor Association, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the colleges and universities of the NH College & University Council.”

For a complete list of participating high schools and for more information about this program, go to nhheaf.org/IACB-info.asp.

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