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NEWS RELEASE

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

September 8, 2005

Virginia Higher Education Community’s Responses
To Hurricane Katrina Posted on SCHEV Web Site

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has created a page on its web site to assist students displaced by Hurricane Katrina in discovering the various enrollment options available to them at higher education institutions across the Commonwealth. The web page, which can be accessed at http://www.schev.edu/Students/ResponseToKatrina.asp, provides a central location for students and their families to get information about the specific admissions and financial aid packages offered by more than 30 colleges and universities in response to this natural disaster.

“Numerous Virginia institutions—both public and private—have opened their hearts and their classrooms to help students evacuated from the Gulf Coast to continue their education during this difficult time,” says Daniel J. LaVista, SCHEV Executive Director. “We hope that SCHEV’s web page will make it easier for eligible students to find out about these opportunities and learn how best to contact the institutions if they are interested in admission.”

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.