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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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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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This week’s edition of Secrets from the Inside features Karen Schinabeck, Director of Financial Aid at Longwood University.

Briefly, what do you think is the most exciting or attractive feature of your institution?  I think our beautiful campus in historic downtown Farmville is our most attractive feature. As far as exciting, we have a young D1 athletics program complete with new logo and mascot!

What is the single most important piece of financial aid information you think students should know? Read, read, read! If students want to be informed and ensure they have the best financial aid package, they should read and follow directions on e-mails they receive from the Longwood financial aid office.

What is the most common financial aid mistake you see, and how can students and their families keep from falling into that trap? Not completing all steps of the FAFSA process. Families should completely read the FAFSA instructions, double check their responses, and make sure both the student and a parent sign using the PIN.

What is the most creative cost-saving method you’ve heard about from students? Leave the car at home and ride the Farmville Area Bus, which goes everywhere in town and is free for students.

What is your favorite cartoon character and why? Foghorn Leghorn because he takes care of the little chicken hawk!

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SCHEV has decided to revive this blog’s “Secrets from the Inside” series where financial aid officers from across the Commonwealth respond to some basic questions about aid at their institutions.

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Our first interview is with Corey T. Bland, Disbursement Coordinator at Virginia State University.

 

 

Briefly, what do you think is the most exciting or attractive feature of your institution?  The Trojan Explosion (our band).

What is the single most important piece of financial aid information you think students should know? Federal, state, and institutional funds aren’t endless. Apply early.

What is the most common financial aid mistake you see, and how can students and their families keep from falling into that trap? Filling out the FAFSA incorrectly. Ask guidance counselors for help or contact a Federal Student Aid representative.

What is the most creative cost-saving method you’ve heard about from students? Staying off-campus, which can save money in room & board costs.

What is your favorite cartoon character and why? He-Man. He was the man!

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During the busy start of the academic year, Debra Harber, Associate Dean of Financial Aid at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, took some time to talk to us about financial aid at UMW.

Briefly, what do you think is the most exciting or attractive feature of your institution?
The University of Mary Washington’s beautiful campus is located halfway between Richmond, Virginia and Washington DC, which makes it ideal for great cultural experiences and internships. The students and professors are the most exciting component on this campus because they are smart, talented, engaging and have diverse interests.

What is the single most important piece of financial aid information you think students should know?
Students and parents need to make sure they meet all filing and submission dates.

What is the most common financial aid mistake you see, and how can students and their families keep from falling into that trap?
A common mistake that students and parents make is not using the financial aid office staff members as the primary resource for financial aid information. This includes attending workshops, visiting university Web sites, and reviewing printed materials as well as talking with an aid counselor or administrator.

What is the most creative cost-saving method you’ve heard about from students?
Recently, there seems to be an increase in the number of bicycles and motorcycles on campus. Our student aides have indicated that they try to eat on campus and avoid going out to eat very often.

What is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Tweety Bird is my favorite cartoon character because no matter how hard Sylvester tries to capture him, Tweety always manages to outsmart him.

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