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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
For Immediate Release

September 26, 2012

Financial Aid for College the Topic of Tomorrow’s
Education Roundtable in Richmond

RICHMOND —As part of a national initiative to increase financial aid awareness, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the United States Department of Education’s (USDE) Office of Federal Student Aid will host a statewide roundtable on September 27 in Richmond, Virginia. The meeting is intended to bring together community-based non-profit organizations with active interest in college access issues to discuss ideas for increasing financial aid awareness and assistance throughout Virginia.

“This roundtable is the first of its kind to ask access organizations to help us identify ways to increase awareness of the many services offered to Virginians who want to pursue higher education,” said Paula Fisher, College Access Challenge Grant Program Director and Senior Associate for Academic Affairs at SCHEV. “We want to hear ideas from regional non-profits who have been on the ground helping prospective students across the Commonwealth, and we want to make sure they are aware of state and federal resources available to help them in their quest.”  The event also supports Governor McDonnell’s Top Jobs legislation of 2011, which called for long-term affordability through strategies that include development of financial aid options aimed at both middle-income and low-income families.

The Education Roundtable will also highlight Title IV programs, review recent updates to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and provide an overview of Virginia College Savings Plan’s program. The meeting will be held from 1:30 – 3:30 pm on Thursday, September 27 at the Virginia College Savings Plan office, located at 9001 Arboretum Parkway in Richmond. SCHEV plans to host additional regional roundtables to further engage local college access providers. 

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 higher education issues.

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