Affording College

Historically, incoming TRIO Scholars have reported that affording college was their main concern about coming to UNH.  At TRIO, we know that filing the FAFSA, understanding financial aid, managing student loans, and earning scholarships are critical. Here  are several opportunities to learn how to you manage your finances while in college: 


  • FAFSA Tips for TRIO Students: Fridays, February 9 and 23,2018 3:00-4:00, Smith Hall, G1O register

In these session, TRIO students work with Cindy Mills from the UNH financial aid office to file the FAFSA under her expert guidance. Cindy has been working with our TRIO students for years and understands their specific needs. Bring a laptop and your FAFSA pin, if you have it (we havel oaner computers if you need) .  FAFSA deadline is March 1!

  • Money Management: Friday February 16, 3:00-4:00, Smith Hall G10    

In this workshop students, learn the nitty-gritty about student loans, interest, and repayment options. This is a requirement for our TRIO scholars scholarship program.

  • Scholarship Search work sessions: Thursdays March 1 and 8, 2:00-3:15, Smith G-10  and

Wedesday, March 21 and 28, 3:00-4:00, Smith Hall 207

These drop-in sessions are designed to provide structured, distraction-free time for students to apply for scholarships under the guidance of a CFAR staff member.  Drop in to one or all sessions !

This a requirement for all graduating seniors. Why not just get it done early along with your TRIO friends? Learn where to find infromation about your loans, how to choose a repayment option, and more.


Other Resources

  • UNH Student Employment Resources provides links to job postings outside of the work-study jobs listed by the Financial Aid Office.

  • CashCourse is financial literacy project sponsored by Health Services that offers a comprehensive website with money management tips and financial planning resources; and presentations and one-to-one assistance for questions about money management.

Links to outside resources

  • The Federal Government provides tax breaks for families and individuals based on your enrollment in college and other factors. Find out how to reduce your/your family’s taxes through the Hope and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits or Tuition and Fees Deduction from the “Tax Benefits for Education” publication (links to a pdf document).

  • Student Aid on the Web: Go here to reapply for financial aid for the coming academic year (you must renew your FAFSA application annually to be eligible for federal aid).

  • Free Annual Credit Report: Your credit score affects your ability to take out loans. By law you are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three nationwide reporting companies once every 12 months. Use this website (NOT to gain access to your credit report.