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Wheelchair Basketball Benefit

NEW DATE!  - Tuesday, February 3
Wellness Center Gym
4:00 - 5:00 pm

This event is held to benefit the Zech DeVits Memorial Equipment Fund to support students with disabilities who are in need of assistive technology.  Two teams of players compete in wheelchairs in an exciting, action-packed game!

Kuster Goes to College

On Friday January 23, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster held a roundtable discussion at NHTI to engage with faculty, students and local business leaders on topics relating to higher education.  Subjects discussed included STEM education and President Obama's free community college proposal.

Rep. Annie Kuster and Pres. Susan Dunton

Rep. Annie Kuster (left) and
NHTI President Susan Dunton

“I would be more inclined to support a needs-based program," said Kuster at the end of the 90-minute discussion, "because I value our tax dollars, and I think we should be focused on people who are unable to otherwise afford higher education.

“I want to make sure whatever approach we take to increasing access, that it doesn’t in any way limit the quality . . . making sure that we pay faculty and staff sufficiently to maintain high quality,” she said.  “And just making sure we don’t diminish the experience of students who are already in the community college system by adding millions of new people to the system.”

Champagne for Caesar

Champagne for Caesar film posterNHTI's Friday Night Film Series presents Champagne for Caesar (1950, Rated “PG”, 99 mins.).  Delightful romantic “screwball” comedy stars Ronald Colman, Celeste Holm and Vincent Price.  In order to get even with the pompous president of a soap company (Price), an eccentric genius (Colman) goes on the company radio quiz show in an effort to bankrupt the soap company.  "… one of the most riotous comedies ever filmed.” 

Admission by donation ($5 suggested); free with NHTI ID.  Contact Steve Ambra, 271-6484 x4101 or

Applying for Financial Aid

by Joseph Randolph, AmeriCorps*VISTA

Joe RandolphTo apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  By completing and submitting a FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for federal student aid.  In addition, your state and college may use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for non-federal aid.  Completing the FAFSA is an easy process, and it’s completely free.  It is recommended that you submit your FAFSA online using FAFSA on the Web.

FAFSA on the Web offers several benefits, including:

  • You will receive via email your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Your FAFSA will be more accurate, since the FAFSA on the Web has built-in edit checks to catch simple errors.
  • The online FAFSA allows you to list up to ten colleges.
  • You may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to pre-fill the answers to some questions on the FAFSA by transferring data from your federal income tax returns.  This will save time and may reduce errors.  The IRS data retrieval tool will be available by February 1.  You can access it approximately two weeks after you file your federal tax return.  (There are certain tax filing statuses that will not allow you to use this tool.)

The FAFSA can be submitted as early as January 1 each year.  You cannot submit the form before January 1 because the need analysis process uses your financial information from the prior tax year when calculating eligibility for the upcoming award year.  NHTI does not have a specific deadline as we accept students each semester.  However, if you are considering other colleges you should follow up with those colleges for specific deadlines.  You do not necessarily need towait until you have your taxes prepared; however, once you do you should log-in to correct your tax data accordingly.  You are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, if you meet the criteria to use this feature.

You should apply for aid every year, even if you think you don't qualify.  There are many factors affecting eligibility for financial aid, like a change in family financial circumstances.  For example, a student who didn't qualify one year might become eligible during the next year when a brother or sister enrolls in college.

Now is the time to re-apply for the 2015-16 aid year.

The financial aid office will begin processing the new year in early April, and you should monitor your student email to determine the next step in the process.  You are always welcome to come by the office with any questions you may have regarding this process.  If you would like to make an appointment for assistance in having your FAFSA completed, please contact Joseph Randolph in the Financial Aid Office at