College Night in Virginia to Provide Families, Students with College Planning Tips


Published: November 14, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College will be among 11 community colleges across the state welcoming students and families to College Night in Virginia on Monday, November 26 from 6:00 to 9:15 p.m. Students and families interested in exploring how to choose the right higher education path can take advantage of this statewide event at TNCC’s new Southeast Higher Education Center located at the Achievable Dream Academy, 5720 Marshall Ave. in Newport News.

Designed to educate families and students about the many aspects of higher education, the event is sponsored by the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) in partnership with Virginia College Access Network (VirginiaCAN), Virginia Association of Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), State Council for Higher Education (SCHEV), and Project Discovery.

Open to the public, the evening’s activities include refreshments served at 6:00 p.m.; registration for one of four $500 scholarship prizes at each of the hosting institutions; a 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. welcome/general session for all attendees and four breakout sessions starting at 8:15 p.m. The breakout sessions will provide valuable insight from higher education professionals and are as follows:
Breakout Sessions

  • Choosing the Right College for You
    Learn what to consider when selecting your future college or university. Whether you are interested in a traditional four-year program, community college, or trace and vocational schools, hear about your options and how to decide which is right for you.
  • Understanding the Financial Aid Process
    Think you can’t afford to attend college? Hear about the financial aid programs available to you and application details.
  • Scholarship Searches and Scams
    Don’t fall victim to scholarship scams! Learn how to spot the warning signs.
  • Completing and Filing the FAFSA
    This session breaks down the FAFSA process into easy-to-follow guidelines, helpful tips, and answers your most frequently asked questions.

ECMC, in partnership with SCHEV and VASFAA, has created a step-by-step guide, which includes FAQs, checklists, helpful tips, and other valuable information. The Opportunities booklet will be shared and discussed during the event. Check with your guidance counselor for a copy, or order your free 2007-2008 Opportunities Booklet online at www.ecmc.org/student/Opportunitiesbooklet.html.

For additional information about College Night in Virginia, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at TNCC at 825-2848 or visit www.collegenightinva.org.

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