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Our CICV Presidents were proud to join with their peers from Virginia's public institutions and community colleges to send this message of support to our current and future students. Be safe. Be informed. Be Well. #VAHigherEdTogether

CICV Welcomes New President
 CICV is pleased to welcome Chris Peace as President effective March 13, 2023.  Please click here to learn more about Chris and how to contact him. 
Virginia Private College Counselor Tour
2023 marked the 22nd successful Virginia Private College Counselor Tour.  Please visit our counselor tour page for the latest updates or contact us at as we plan for 2024.

Virginia Private College Week
Virginia Private College Week will be held July 17-22, 2023.  For more information on the week, visit:   

Virtual Tours  
Virtual tours of our member institution campuses can be found here:

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  • MYTH: Only low income or extremely smart students receive financial aid for college.

    FACT:There are many forms of financial assistance available that are not merit or need-based, including institutional grants and state grants, as well as work-study programs. According to a recent study by the Human Capital Research Corporation, institutional grants constitute the largest source of financial assistance for students attending Virginia private colleges.

  • MYTH: Private colleges cost significantly more than public colleges.

    FACT:The difference is far less than many families assume, thanks to significant institutional, merit and need-based grants and the Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG). According to a recent study by the Human Capital Research Corporation, the average price gap between a Virginia private and public college is only $4,700 (after grant aid from all sources).

  • MYTH: Private College v. Public College – there’s not much difference, really.

    FACT:Parents and students should compare graduation rates, the time it takes to earn a degree, overall class size, student/faculty ratio, and the personal attention received by students. With a strong commitment to graduating students in four years or less, an average class size of only 16 students, and a 11:1 student/ faculty ratio Virginia private schools rank very favorably in all categories.

  • MYTH: Private colleges are too expensive.

    FACT:In 2011, 87% of freshmen at Virginia private colleges demonstrated financial need, with an average financial aid total of $20,463 (grants, work study and loans). Virginia residents attending an in-state private college also receive the undergraduate Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) award ($3,200 in 2016-17). Federal tax credits and deductions can benefit some of those who do not receive grant aid.

  • MYTH: Private liberal arts colleges won’t prepare me for a job.

    FACT:The benefits of a private liberal arts college are more valuable than ever. Students learn to think and communicate effectively – attributes sought by employers in all professions.

  • MYTH: Private colleges are not diverse.

    FACT:Virginia private colleges enroll a higher percentage of African American undergraduates than Virginia public institutions. They also enroll a larger percentage of Pell Grant recipients (students who receive federal need-based aid).

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