College Planning

STEM flyer.pdf
RS & Early College, Flyer 2021.pdf

Manchester Community College has established an Early College initiative that specifically allows NH high school students to take MCC credit-bearing courses. The credits students earn through Early College at Manchester Community College can be applied to a degree at MCC or possibly transfer to another college or university. This program allows students to get a jump on college classes at a reduced rate! Please Note: To qualify for Early College, students must be at least 16 years old.(Juniors and Seniors) Cost per class is 50% of tuition due at the time of registration - lab fees apply for some courses. Students are also expected to pay for their own books and/or materials. (STEM scholarships may apply) Students are required to meet with their high school guidance counselor to discuss their interest in the early college program. Students will also be required to meet with a MCC representative who will make sure the Early College Registration is completed and students are signed up for the correct course. Classes begin January 18, 2022.

To learn more about the financial aid process at your own pace, click here: Financial Aid Insider

College Applications

Most colleges now allow you to apply using the Common Application. This lets you create one application and send it to many schools at once. Visit their website for more details.

College Search Websites:

College Recommendations

Part of your college application will include recommendations written by your teachers and/or guidance counselors. Please be sure to ask for the recommendations well in advance.

Please complete the following documents and provide them to your teachers and counselors when asking for recommendations:

Brag Sheet - For Teachers

Brag Sheet - For Counselors

Parent Questionnaire - For Counselors


Many colleges and universities require that you take a standardized test and provide the results along with your application. The two tests generally used are the SAT and the ACT. For information about the difference between the two tests, visit the Princeton Review website.

Frequently Asked Questions about SAT/ACT

Useful Websites:


There are thousands of scholarships available. Do NOT pay for scholarship information! Any scholarship that asks for a fee may be fraudulent! Please check with the Career Center office with any questions.

MST Scholarships

Other Scholarship Websites

Financial Aid

College is expensive, and scholarships don't always cover the entire cost of tuition. However, there is often financial aid available to students and families. Visit for details about how to pay for college.

In order to qualify for financial aid, students and families will need to fill out the FAFSA form. This can be done online at the official FAFSA website. Filling out this form is FREE.

You can also search specifically for lower-cost colleges on the Affordable Colleges Online website.

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