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TCC TO HOST FREE FINANCIAL AID ADVISORY EVENT
“Super Saturday” workshops to help simplify federal, state processes

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Jan. 20, 2010) – Tidewater Community College will host Super Saturday on Feb. 5 as part of a state-wide effort to help new and returning students complete the federal financial aid form – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form is used by colleges, universities and career-technical schools across the country to determine eligibility for student federal financial aid.

Students and families can come any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to the free event, held at two TCC locations:  

  • Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach Campus, 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach.
  • Building A, Portsmouth Campus, 120 College Dr., Portsmouth

For maps and directions, see http://www.tcc.edu/welcome/locations/. TCC hosts Super Saturday in conjunction with the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA).

During the event at both locations, TCC will offer a financial aid workshop – at 10:30 and repeated at noon – to discuss and simplify the federal and state financial aid process. Volunteer financial aid experts will be on hand to assist students and parents, who can use computers during the session to apply for federal aid electronically. This event is open to parents and students of all grade levels as well as adults interested in furthering their education.

A $100 Book Scholarship will be awarded to one student at each Super Saturday site to be used at the winner’s college of choice during the 2011-12 academic year.

Students will receive one-on-one assistance during 20 Super Saturday sites at high schools, colleges, and community and civic centers across the Commonwealth of Virginia. VASFAA coordinates Super Saturday as one of its annual service projects to help people seeking college funding. For more information about Super Saturday 2011, visit www.vasfaa.org.

For other information, call TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122.

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Laurie White
Communications
757-822-1085

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu.

The American Association of Community Colleges is a non-profit organization representing the nation’s close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges and their more than 12 million students. Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in partnership with the Association of Community College Trustees and the College Board, is collaborating with community college leaders to develop the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA). The VFA will define metrics that can be used to provide accountability and gauge the effectiveness of community colleges in meeting their stated missions. Ultimately, the VFA will identify sector-appropriate data definitions and include the ability for colleges to benchmark their student progress and completion data against like institutions.

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