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Archive for June, 2011

Virginia Tech LogoThe next addition to our series of  Secrets from the Inside – is Carrie Miller, Associate Director for Operations, Virginia Tech, www.finaid.vt.edu

Briefly, what do you think is the most exciting or attractive feature of your institution? A large competitive university in a rural setting where the pace of living is not fast and the people are kind and diverse.     

What is the single most important piece of financial aid information you think students should know? budget out all expenses before you decide how much loan assistance you will borrow

What is the most common financial aid mistake you see, and how can students and their families keep from falling into that trap?  Not saving for college early!

What is the most creative cost-saving method you’ve heard about from students? Heard of a student using the Barter system—needed her car repaired but couldn’t afford it so she found a student with enough knowledge in that area to help her out then she cooked a delicious meal for him to have with his girlfriend.   

What is your favorite cartoon character and why? Rocky off of Rocky and Bullwinkle because no matter what happened he could put a positive spin on anything.

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This week’s post of Secrets from the Inside features Nancy Hope, Financial Aid Officer, Virginia Highlands Community College

Briefly, what do you think is the most exciting or attractive feature of your institution?  Quality education leading to a brighter future!

 What is the single most important piece of financial aid information you think students should know? Almost 70% of our students pursuing a program of study receive some type of funding to help with tuition!

What is the most common financial aid mistake you see, and how can students and their families keep from falling into that trap? Failure to complete the financial aid process in a timely manner. 

What is the most creative cost-saving method you’ve heard about from students?  Book rental program!

 What is your favorite cartoon character and why? Winnie the Pooh because of his caring heart!

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