Financial aid roundtable offers resource networking

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the office of Federal Student Aid of the U. S. Department of Education in Roanoke are co-hosting the College Access and Financial Aid Roundtable Thursday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

The event will focus on greater access to college and financial aid awareness for all Virginians. This free event is directed to grassroots, faith-based and community-based nonprofit organizations supporting the development of youth and adults in the greater southwest Virginia region.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for networking and training about federal, state, and local resources designed to create pathways to increase postsecondary enrollment and FAFSA completion in the Commonwealth. The roundtable will also demonstrate the best use of valuable resources in the college access process such as the Virginia Wizard.

According to SCHEV, Virginia undergraduates at public colleges and universities in the Commonwealth will experience an average increase of 5.1 percent in tuition and mandatory education and general fees this fall. This is the second lowest average hike in 10 years. SCHEV’s annual report on tuition and fees states that in-state undergraduates at four-year public institutions will experience an average increase in tuition and all mandatory fees of 4.7 percent, or about $468 more than last year. Virginia students attending community colleges will see a 4.4 percent increase, paying about $165 more per year.

According to student loan institution Sallie Mae, across America, funding of college tuition and fees from parents and families of students is decreasing, while funding of same is on the rise from savings, income and loans. Also according to Sallie Mae, last year 35 percent of students borrowed education loans to pay for college.

The event is free but registration is required at For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Communications, at or (804) 225-2627.









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