Hear from Students

Hear directly from New Hampshire students about why keeping UNH affordable is important.

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Laura Bello - Bow, NH

“I looked at other colleges, but they were way too expensive to even think about,” says Bello, a Spanish major who is excelling at UNH. She says that the in-state tuition freeze has been a huge relief for her and her family, along with merit scholarships, student loans and part-time jobs. “When I graduate, I plan on enlisting in the Air Force and seeing how I can use my love of languages to serve the country.”

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Ali Fortin - Manchester, NH

When both her parents were laid off her senior year of high school, the dream of attending college seemed almost out of reach for Ali Fortin, even though she was a top-performing student. But thanks to UNH financial aid, merit scholarships and substantial private student loans, Ali is thriving at UNH and plans to enter medical school to become a pediatrician. The in-state tuition freeze, she says, is a huge help. “For students like me, it makes a big, big difference. And for a family like mine, knowing tuition won’t go up takes a whole level of stress off the plate.”

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Tim Marquis - Nashua, NH

Tim Marquis has wanted to become a physician since he was 13. He will be a giant step closer when he graduates in May from UNH, where he has distinguished himself as a biomedical science major, researcher, volunteer – and the principle bassoonist for the UNH Symphony Orchestra. “The tuition freeze means I have more money to spend on things like books, lab fees and all the other things that go into paying for college. And later on, it will mean I’ll have more money to pay for medical school,” says Marquis, a Hamel Scholar, honors student and winner of a national Goldwater Fellowship along with many other awards. One of his dreams: Establishing a medical school at UNH.

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Clayton Theberge - Stratford, NH

Clayton Theberge has always exceled at math, computers and business (his dad owns and manages several small general stores in the North Country). But when your rural high school’s graduating class totals just 26 students, opportunities to experience the high-tech world are limited. A generous merit scholarship and the in-state tuition freeze, Theberge says, were critical to putting all that UNH has to offer within reach. “Extending the tuition freeze would mean a lot, because it would save me a lot of time working extra hours to pay for school.” Theberge is a member of UNH’s largest first-year class ever, which included a 7 percent increase in New Hampshire students.