Questions and Answers About Futures
How do I know if I qualify for Futures?
Futures admits students based on completed applications, an interview, and meeting income eligibility. Futures interview committees review applications, writing samples, grades, teacher references, character, as well as income based on tax returns from the previous year. Students must demonstrate a desire to learn and attend college as well as be committed to attending school and demonstrating a respect for the school community and other learners.
In order to be eligible for Futures, students need to:
- want to attend college (two or four year);
- meet income guidelines (limits are published yearly);
- commit to attending meetings, earning good grades, and be willing to volunteer 20 hours per school year;
- apply during advertised enrollment periods (January for eighth grade, September for sophomores).
How are students selected for Futures?
Students and families/guardians complete an application in January of eighth grade or October of sophomore year. Students write a one page essay and parents/guardians complete a financial application, including a most recent tax return. Upon receipt of the application, it will be reviewed. Finalists are invited to interview with a small committee, comprised of the program coordinator, district employees, and advisory board members. Futures invites students to participate in Futures based on all of these factors.
Does Futures pay for my college education?
Futures pays for the unmet need associated with an education that costs the equivalent of attending the University of New Hampshire. Unmet need is the amount left after students access scholarships and grants, federal student loans, and the family EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) as established by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students can apply for any college they desire, but contributions are based upon the cost ofinstate education.
What happens in Futures during high school?
Students have access to monthly grade and school-wide level meetings with the program coordinator. These meetings help students learn more about accessing college; making the most of the high school experience; financing college and student loans; college testing and the application process. Students also meet individually with students, more frequently as the student progresses through high school.
What happens if I get low grades while I am in Futures?
Students who receive two D’s or an F in one grading term are placed on probation in Futures. Students and family meet with the coordinator in order to help the student be more successful. However, if low grades continue, students can lose their status with Futures.
What happens if I miss my monthly grade level meetings?
Attendance at meetings is mandatory. That being said, Futures understands that sometimes students can be double scheduled. If a student cannot attend a meeting, it is their responsibility to contact the program coordinator prior to the meeting taking place. If multiple meetings are missed, eligibility for Futures can be at risk.
What happens if my family income increases significantly between acceptance in high school and acceptance to colleges?
When families complete the FAFSA, an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) is established. Futures does count the EFC in the Futures calculation. We are very happy when a family’s income increases, but it can mean that Futures’ contribution may be minimal or, in some cases, none, at the time of college acceptance.
Do Futures college students have access to the program coordinator?
Absolutely! Futures encourages continued contact with the program coordinator. All students need to maintain minimum contact (sending in grades, confirming FAFSA completion, applying for scholarships), but the program coordinator can also be helpful when a student is struggling. Before students make any major decision about college, especially continued attendance, please contact Futures to discuss educational planning.
Futures also relies on Futures’ alumni and college students. High school students value connecting with college students and alumni. Many of our alumni come and speak to students about college planning and the high school experience!