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Contact:  Paula Fisher
(804) 882-5410
For Immediate Release

January 31, 2014

February is not just for Valentines. It’s also the month for students
and parents to get guidance with financial aid.

RICHMOND — Financial aid is often the lynchpin between students’ college dreams and actual attendance. For many families in Virginia, college would not be a reality without the availability of federal and state financial aid programs.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is partnering with the Virginia Association of Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) to kick off Financial Aid Awareness Month and Super FAFSA Week. The FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form used by colleges, universities, and career-technical schools across the country to determine eligibility for federal financial aid and most state and university need-based financial assistance programs.

FAFSA Week is from February 1-8 when financial aid assistance events will be held at over 60 sites across the Commonwealth. Each site will have financial aid professionals on hand to respond to questions and concerns from students and families taking this important step toward college enrollment. Each site will provide computers with internet access and other resource materials. Events are open to the public. To find a Super FAFSA Week event site near you, please visit

Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton has worked on behalf of students seeking financial aid for college and encourages parents and students to take advantage of the available resources. “Research suggests that there is a direct correlation between FAFSA completion and college enrollment,” Secretary Holton said. “Just by submitting the FAFSA, Virginia’s students make themselves available to receive a variety of financial resources that can help clear the path to enrollment.”

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.

VASFAA is a non-profit organization of individuals who are active in financial aid-related professions. Its mission is to promote the professional growth and collaboration of its members in order to serve the needs of students, families, and institutions in matters related to financial and informational resources that support students' postsecondary education goals.

For more information, contact Paula Fisher, College Access Grant Director and Senior Associate for Academic Affairs, at or (804) 882-5410.