Virginia Makes Going to
College as Easy as 1-2-3
From finding the best fit, to meeting application deadlines, to figuring out how to pay for it all, the college process can be daunting and intimidating. Beginning in November, SCHEV’s College Access Challenge Grant Program, in partnership with Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) and the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), is offering a series of three collaborative events to provide resources that can help guide Virginia students and families through this process.
- College Nights in Virginia
November 1-15, 2013
Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) has organized College Nights in Virginia every year since 2007. Participating locations across the Commonwealth provide opportunities for students and families to learn about planning and paying for college. A variety of postsecondary topics are covered, including: 1) why college is important; 2) choosing the right college; 3) paying for college; and 4) scholarship searches and scams. Attendees also have a chance to enter to win one of four $500 scholarships at each location. For dates and site locations, visit http://collegenights.org/virginia-locations.html.
- College Application Week
November 18-22, 2013
College Application Week is part of a national initiative designed to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. Participating students are encouraged to submit at least one college application during the Week. In Virginia, the Secretary of Education’s office, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities in Virginia (CICV) are joining with counselors and volunteers across the state to coordinate a Week that provides hands-on application assistance and resources, including application fee waivers and informational materials. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Super FAFSA Week
February 1-8, 2014
Super FAFSA Week (formerly known as Super Saturday) is a service project offered by the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) where individuals seeking funding for postsecondary education receive FREE, one-on-one assistance in completing the federal financial aid form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form used by colleges, universities, and career-technical schools across the country to determine eligibility for federal financial aid. For more information about attending or hosting, visit http://www.vasfaa.org/super.