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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 786-2627
For Immediate Release

Oct. 28, 2013

Virginia makes going to college as easy as 1-2-3!

RICHMOND — 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. To help guide students and families in Virginia through this process, ECMC, SCHEV, and VASFAA have partnered to promote three exciting opportunities. See details below and mark your calendars.

  1. College Nights in Virginia: November 1-15, 2013. ECMC (Educational Credit Management Corporation) has organized College Nights in Virginia every year since 2007. This year, 27 sites across the Commonwealth will host College Nights and provide opportunities for students and families to learn about planning and paying for college. A variety of postsecondary topics is 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. All events are open to the public. To locate the site closest to you visit

  2. Virginia 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. In Virginia, the Secretary of Education’s office, 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. With this support in place, Class of 2014 students at each of the 32 participating high schools are encouraged to submit at least one college application during the week. For more information, contact

  3. Super FAFSA Week: February 1-8, 2014. Super FAFSA Week (formerly Super Saturday) is a service project offered by the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) through which students and families seeking funding for postsecondary education can receive free, one-on-one assistance in completing 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.  Events are open to the public. For more information about attending or hosting a Super FAFSA Week event, visit

“I encourage students and their parents to take advantage of these opportunities in their planning and preparation for college,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. SCHEV Director Peter Blake agrees, “Any one of these events is a valuable experience for potential college students and their families” he said. “Together they provide comprehensive information and assistance that can lead participants to college 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.

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