Adult Student Aid Program
When to apply?
There are three application periods during the calendar year, roughly coinciding with standard academic terms. Requests for funding may be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on December 15th, May 15th or August 15th each year for upcoming academic terms.
Who should apply?
The program is designed to help students who are returning to school to upgrade skills for employment or for career advancement, to qualify for a degree program, or to make a career change. We are particularly interested in helping applicants achieve economic independence and in supporting students whose education and training will lead directly to better employment opportunities.
Applicants must be legal residents of New Hampshire who are independent students.* Students must have applied for all other available financial aid and still demonstrate an unmet need. Applicants may be taking one or more courses for credit or non-credit, in a degree program or non-degree program.
Preference for funding is given in the following order to: (1) students who have previously received funding through this program and have successfully completed prior educational work; (2) students with the least amount of higher education or training, but who are poised to take advantage of an educational opportunity; and (3) students who are single parents. Funding for graduate study is not available through this program.
Awards typically range from $100 to $500 per application period, depending on the cost of individual educational program. The maximum award over three terms is $1,500. Occasionally, a larger award may be made to meet an extraordinary circumstance. Most awards are made in the form of a grant that does not need to be repaid; however, awards may also be in the form of an interest-free loan or even a combination of grant and loan.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their requests within two weeks after the deadline date.
There is a modest application fee of $15 to help us cover the cost of processing applications.
We do not want this fee to be a barrier for anyone wishing to apply for assistance. You may request a fee waiver by calling our office at 1-800-464-6641. You must request the waiver BEFORE sending your application. Applications received without the fee or a waiver will be considered incomplete.
Applications must be received by the close of business on the deadline date noted above. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.
Please send your application to:
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301-4005
Please contact the Student Aid Office at 1-800-464-6641.
* To claim independent, adult student status you must be 24 or older. If you are not yet 24, you must be able to demonstrate that you meet one or more of the following conditions: (1) served in the military or (2) are a ward of the court or (3) have not been claimed by your parents for two consecutive years and have earned at least $4,000 in each of those two years or (4) are married or have dependent children.