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Archive for July, 2011

July 25 – 30, 2011 is Virginia Private College Week! More than 25 colleges from Ashland to Winchester are offering tours and informational sessions for students and their families to learn more about private institutions.

If students get their special college passport stamped at three or more participating campuses and send it to the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), they are eligible to receive three application fee waivers. Now that’s an incentive to start visiting colleges of interest now!

For more information about 2011 Virginia Private College Week and a list of participating institutions, visit http://www.vaprivatecolleges.org/pcw.htm.

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The latest addition to the “Secrets from the Inside” is from Shannon O’Leary, Service Team Manager at Regent University.

Briefly, what do you think is the most exciting or attractive feature of your institution?

We have a beautiful campus in Virginia Beach with easy access to the oceanfront.

 What is the single most important piece of financial aid information you think students should know?

Read everything you receive from your financial aid office, and make sure to meet all school deadlines.

 What is the most common financial aid mistake you see, and how can students and their families keep from falling into that trap? 

Borrowing more than necessary. Students that borrow conservatively will have lower monthly payments and pay less interest. Just because you are eligible for the loan does not mean you have to accept all of it.

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

Ask about a student discount everywhere you go (restaurants, retail stores, etc.). Many businesses do not advertise that they offer student discounts.

 What is your favorite cartoon character and why? 

Wiley E. Coyote – he never gives up!

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Ferrum College logoThis weeks post features Heather Hollandsworth, Director of Financial Aid, Ferrum College, www.ferrum.edu/financial_aid.aspx

Briefly, what do you think is the most exciting or attractive feature of your institution?

Ferrum offers small class sizes with experiential learning in a rural setting on our 700 acres near the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We place a heavy emphasis on hands on learning. 

What is the single most important piece of financial aid information you think students should know?

Students should not be afraid to apply for Financial Aid opportunities by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The average aid award (Grants, Scholarships, Work Study, and Student Loans) for 2010-2011 is approximately $23,000 for the academic year.  

What is the most common financial aid mistake you see, and how can students and their families keep from falling into that trap?

The most common financial aid mistake we see is that students fail to apply for aid.  The FAFSA is a free application and even though completing the form can be daunting, help is available from the Financial Aid Office staff.

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

Many students will use work study funds to offset their costs.  Book rental versus book purchase has also become quite popular among students.

What is your favorite cartoon character and why?

Winnie the Pooh.  I have been a Disney fan for as long as I can remember and I think I identify with Pooh Bear simply because he is always there for his friends and to help anyone in need.

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