No College Tuition. We Promise.

✔ For full or part-time New Hampshire students who are Pell eligible
✔ At all of NH’s 7 community colleges

CCSNH Promise Program

The CCSNH Promise Program, offered for the Fall 2024 semester, will help eligible New Hampshire students with financial need to bridge the gap between grants and scholarships and the cost of tuition, required comprehensive fees, and academic instruction fees at all of New Hampshire’s community colleges.  Learn more by viewing these Frequently Asked Questions or by contacting your local college.


Great Bay Community College
Lakes Region Community College
Manchester Community College
Nashua Community College
NHTI – Concord’s Community College
River Valley Community College
White Mountains Community College

Frequently Asked Questions

The Promise Program is need-based financial assistance for New Hampshire students enrolled in courses that are part of an academic degree or certificate program at one of seven community colleges. If you are eligible for a Pell grant of any amount, you may qualify.

You will know if you are Pell-eligible once you have submitted the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form completed by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

Full and part-time students are eligible. To receive Promise Program funds, you must enroll for at least 6 credits per semester.

You must complete the FAFSA and all federal requirements, if any. If you need help with the FAFSA process, contact your college’s Financial Aid Office. There is no separate application for Promise Program funds.

If you receive any amount of Pell funding, the Promise Program can cover the gap between your grants and the full amount of tuition, required comprehensive fees, and academic instruction fees. If you receive other grants in addition to Pell such as Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Unique Scholarship, or Governor’s Scholarship, we will apply those first; and then any gap that remains may be covered through the Promise Program.

Yes. If you are eligible for Promise Program funds, you may add courses; the program will cover full-time enrollment for eligible students.

Yes. If you have completed the FAFSA and all federal requirements, you will be notified by the Financial Aid Office.

Some programs do have specific fees that cover specialized materials, tools, and equipment (for example, welding, auto, nursing, dental and some others). Those additional fees are not presently covered by the Promise Program, but you can review your financial aid offer for other potential sources of aid.

We understand that you may have already made some payments towards your education, and you might be wondering how this new scholarship will affect them. Rest assured, our team is here to assist you every step of the way. Our Business office will automatically refund the payments you have made to date and your Promise scholarship will be applied to your account. Once the scholarship is applied to your account it will cancel your payment plan if you have one set up. You will be prompted via email to set up direct deposit to receive your refund.

The Promise Program was included in the biennial budget passed by the New Hampshire Legislature and signed into law by Governor Sununu. This is the first time a program like this has been funded at New Hampshire’s community colleges. This is currently a one-time investment by the State, and the program will only be continued in future years if additional funds are appropriated.

At New Hampshire’s community colleges, we want to help you set educational goals and achieve them.  Whether it’s this Promise Program or other sources of aid we identify, talk to us and let us find a way to help. Every year, thousands of students achieve their goals at New Hampshire’s community colleges. You can, too.