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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
KirstenNelson@schev.edu
For Immediate Release

February 11, 2005

Governor Warner Declares February Financial Aid Awareness Month

RICHMOND —Governor Mark Warner proclaimed today that February is “Financial Aid Awareness” month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The month is jointly sponsored by the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

“Too many potential students believe college is out of their reach when, in fact, they could obtain a college education through student financial aid,” said Governor Warner at the State Capitol today.

Financial Aid Awareness Month highlights resources for financial assistance available to all post-secondary students and their families, either presently enrolled or planning to enroll in an institution of higher education in Virginia. “The State Council remains committed to making information available and higher education accessible to all students in the Commonwealth,” said SCHEV Executive Director Daniel J. LaVista. “Although the process can seem complicated, we have a number of resources available to assist students in simplifying the financial aid process.”

“A concerted effort to inform prospective and current students and their families of available financial aid opportunities is necessary to demystify student financial aid,” remarked Tom Morehouse, president of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA). With over 400 members, VASFAA’s mission is to promote the professional growth and collaboration of its members to serve the needs of students, families, and institutions on matters related to resources supporting students’ postsecondary education goals.

“We thank Governor Warner for recognizing the importance of making students and their families aware that higher education can be afforded through state, federal and financial aid programs, “ concluded Morehouse.

For those who wish to learn more about preparing for college, admission’s requirements, federal and state financial aid opportunities, SCHEV has the following resources:
  1. Opportunities 2004-2005 High School Guidebook to Virginia Colleges.” Students interested in obtaining this information should call 1-877-516-0138 or opportunities@ecmc.org.
  1. www.explorevirginiacolleges.com, a student-centered sister website to www.schev.edu, or

  2. www.VirginiaMentor.org, a powerful interactive tool providing profiles of many Virginia colleges and universities

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues. Agenda materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at www.schev.edu.

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at KirstenNelson@schev.edu or (804)225-2627.