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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:  Kathleen Kincheloe
(804) 786-2323
KathleenKincheloe@schev.edu
For Immediate Release
May 13
, 2008

SCHEV Unveils New Financial Aid Blog

RICHMONDThe State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) announces the creation of an online resource for students, parents, and education personnel who are seeking information about federal and state financial aid.  The new blog, which can be found online at http://vafinancialaid.wordpress.com/, provides an informal forum for Virginians to ask questions and gather information about financial aid opportunities.

With the growing focus on the economy and student loan options, it seemed like an ideal time to provide students and parents with an interactive online tool to explore their financial aid options,” said Daniel J. LaVista, SCHEV’s Executive Director. “By giving constituents a new way to ask questions, share tips, and make comments about securing college funding, we hope the blog will benefit all Virginians who are seeking financial aid.”

Agency financial aid and communications staff will monitor the blog, write informational posts, provide links to resources, and respond to questions and comments from users. Interested constituents can also subscribe to a feed that automatically sends updated information from SCHEV’s blog to their computer, where it can be viewed via email and other web-based reader programs.

The blog will help demystify the financial aid experience by allowing students to connect with a network of individuals who are also navigating the process,” said Lee Andes, SCHEV’s Assistant Director for Financial Aid. “Additionally, staff responses to financial aid inquiries can be made public through this forum, so instead of providing information to a single individual, we’ll be sharing our answers with the entire online community.”

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.

For more information, contact Kathleen Kincheloe, Assistant Director of Communications, at KathleenKincheloe@schev.edu or (804) 786-2323.

 

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