WELCOME to the Norwalk Housing Foundation (NHF) website blog. We’ll post NHF, higher education, and related items for students, parents, as well as potential partners and funders periodically, so please check back often for updates. You can direct questions or comments to Kim Hein, at the NHF, khein@norwalkha.org.

Understanding the FAFSA—A Guide to College Aid

September 11, 2017
Making sense of the FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—can be a challenge. But it doesn't have to be. With the help of this step-by-step guide, you will be able to breeze through the process. Taking each section slowly is the best approach. The questions aren't meant to overhwhelm you—and they shouldn't! To make the process easier, each section offers helpful answers to the most common FAFSA questions. For additional assistance, you can also follow the helpful links that... Read More »

What's Your Game Plan for Getting a Career After College?

October 19, 2016
Stop stressing about selecting the perfect college major. Instead, college students should focus on developing necessary skills that are valuable in today's job market. In this article, Lynn O'Shaughnessy, creator of The College Solution and Jane Horowitz, founder of More than a Resume give you a College Roadmap to achieve this goal which will help you find a career after college.

Significant FAFSA Changes for 2017-18

September 12, 2016
There are 2 significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year: Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier.  Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The... Read More »


May 25, 2016
College admission officers carefully assess your high school grades, courses, test scores, essays, activities, recommendations, and interviews, if required. You will increase your chances of getting into the colleges of your choice by following these twelve tips: Get the best possible grades you can during ALL four years of high school. Grades are extremely important. Take academically rigorous classes ALL four years. You should carry as many challenging courses as you can handle—college prep, Advanced Placement (AP), honors, and International... Read More »

51 Reasons to Consider Going or Going Back to College

February 25, 2016
While the NHF looks to support pre-college endeavors, its main focus is helping housing residents, through its celebrated Scholarship Program, to prepare and pay for college (either for the first time or to reenter). Below you’ll find 51 good reasons to attend college, but we think that number 22 is the best one—you’ll get to be yourself while meeting all kinds of people from all walks of life. In college, all that matters is your desire to learn and your... Read More »