If you’re a Pell-eligible New Hampshire student wondering how to afford college, you should check out the Granite Guarantee, UNH’s signature financial assistance program. The Granite Guarantee covers the difference between state, federal and institutional grants and the cost of in-state tuition.

First-year students and graduates transferring from the Community College System of New Hampshire may qualify to pay no tuition for all four years. Read on to see if you are eligible and learn more about what the Granite Guarantee covers!

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The Granite Guarantee is celebrating five years of increasing access to higher education for New Hampshire students! 


Who qualifies for the Granite Guarantee?

Students who qualify for the Granite Guarantee are:

  • First-time, first-year New Hampshire students who are eligible for Federal Pell Grants

  • Pell-eligible transfer students who have graduated from the Community College System of New Hampshire


More than 2,000 students to date have been able to pursue a world-class education at UNH because of the Granite Guarantee.


Are you…

  • A New Hampshire student?
  • Eligible for a Federal Pell Grant?
  • Considering applying to UNH as a first-year, first-time student?
  • Considering applying to UNH as a transfer student who graduated from the Community College System of New Hampshire?


You may be able to pay no tuition to earn your UNH degree through the Granite Guarantee!


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What is the Granite Guarantee?


The Granite Guarantee is UNH's signature financial aid program that makes it possible for qualified New Hampshire students to pay no UNH tuition. It is renewable for all four years as long as you remain financially eligible, attend UNH full-time and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.


The Granite Guarantee does not cover costs beyond tuition, including those for room, board and books, so you’ll want to be sure and talk with a trusted adult about whether this program makes financial sense for you and your family.




The Granite Guarantee:


What it covers

What it doesn't cover


(this is the cost of your classes)



textbooks and course supplies 

university fees


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How does the Granite Guarantee work?


The Granite Guarantee covers what your aid package doesn’t cover so that you pay no tuition.


No additional applications or paperwork are required in order to be eligible. All you need to do is apply to UNH and submit your FAFSA. If you receive the Granite Guarantee, your financial award offer from UNH will show a combination of grants and scholarships covering the entire cost of tuition.



Did you know?

  • First-generation students make up more than a quarter of the UNH undergraduate population.
  • Our TRIO Scholars program provides academic support and mentorship for first-generation students. 
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The Granite Guarantee lives out UNH’s commitment to making a UNH education more affordable for New Hampshire students. Learn more about the Granite Guarantee and speak with a trusted adult to decide if the Granite Guarantee is right for your family. Reach out to the UNH Financial Aid Office with any questions.