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GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE PROCLAIMS JULY 25-30 AS “VIRGINIA PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK”

Release Date: 07/20/16
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Richmond, VA...Governor McAuliffe declared July 25-30, 2016 to be “Virginia Private College Week.” The proclamation (2016 Virginia Private College Week) explains the many different advantages that Virginia’s private colleges and universities provide to Virginians and the Commonwealth. The proclamation cites the valuable role Virginia’s private colleges and universities play in the higher education system. During Virginia Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission, and tour the campus. College officials will also address common myths about the affordability of a Virginia private college education: Over $690 million in need and merit based grant aid was distributed by Virginia private colleges to their students last year. 82% of all undergraduates at Virginia private colleges and universities receive financial aid. 49% of all undergraduates at Virginia private colleges and universities receive Pell Grants. CICV member institutions are cost effective. 36% of all Virginia undergraduates do not take out any student loans at all and the average student debt is similar to that of Virginia’s 4-year public colleges. In-state students attending a Virginia private college are eligible for the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG). A program of the Commonwealth of Virginia, TAG is an annual grant available for four years at the undergraduate level and is not based on need. TAG will be approximately $3,200 for the 2016-2017 year. Sessions at most colleges will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free. In addition, students visiting at least three institutions will also be eligible for a drawing for a $500 Amazon gift card. For more information Virginia Private College Week, including a list of participating colleges and exceptions to this schedule, please visit www.vaprivatecolleges.org.

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Virginia Private College Week—a great way to see the Commonwealth

Release Date: 07/07/16
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The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) recently announced that Virginia Private College Week is back. This year, the event will take place from Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30, 2016. And this is your opportunity to ‘tour and win’!

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SAVING MONEY & FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: 24 COLLEGES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2016 VIRGINIA PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK

July 25-30, 24 colleges will offer a campus tour and information sessions about admissions, financial aid and academic programs. College officials will also address some common myths about the cost of a private college education. Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free. In addition, students visiting at least three institutions will also be eligible for a drawing for a $500 Amazon gift card.

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Virginia Private Colleges and U.S. Department of Energy Enter Into Cooperative Agreement to Pave the Way for Solar Energy

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) has been awarded more than $807,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help 15 of their members, all private nonprofit colleges in Virginia, develop comprehensive plans for implementing solar power on their campuses.

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Richard Bland College and the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) Expand Historic Agreement

The unprecedented umbrella Guaranteed Transfer Agreement that Richard Bland originally established with eight CICV colleges and universities has been expanded with the addition of thirteen more CICV schools.

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Virginia Private Colleges Announce Major Renewable Energy Initiative

Emory & Henry College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, and Sweet Briar College are partnering with Collegiate Clean Energy to convert methane emissions from landfills into environmentally friendly energy for their institutions.

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The transformative power of a college degree

Release Date: 11/21/13
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Led by Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) President Robert Lambeth, seven of Virginia's private colleges and universities — including Averett University, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University, with additional private colleges expected to participate in the future — have crafted an umbrella Guaranteed Transfer Agreement with Richard Bland College.

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Community Viewpoint: A College Education is Worth the Upfront Cost

Release Date: 10/06/13
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College tuition continues to rise, but higher education remains one of the best investments an individual can make.

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Governor Declares Virginia College Application Week November 26-30 at 16 Pilot Schools

Release Date: 12/04/12
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Virginia is kicking off an initiative at more than a dozen high schools to encourage the Class of 2013 to apply to college. Gov. Bob McDonnell has designated this week as Virginia College Application Week at 16 pilot schools.

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The Value of a Liberal Arts Education at Virginia's Private Colleges

Release Date: 10/28/12
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The focus of Virginia's private colleges is to prepare our graduates with the skills and knowledge for a lifetime of careers, from their first job to their last. President Gray at Hollins University addressed this in a recent editorial in the Roanoke Times.

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Virginia Private Colleges Make the 2013 Military Friendly Schools List!

Release Date: 09/25/12
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Military Friendly Schools are the top 15% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.

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Forbes "America's Top Colleges" List features 11 of Virginia's private colleges.

Release Date: 08/06/12
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Eleven of Virginia's private colleges were named to the Forbes "America's Top Colleges" list. The eleven colleges include: • Washington and Lee University • University of Richmond • Hampden-Sydney College • Sweet Briar College • Hollins University • Randolph-Macon College • Roanoke College • Randolph College • Emory and Henry College • Mary Baldwin College • Liberty University In addition, both Washington and Lee and the University of Richmond were named to the Best Southern Colleges List, and Washington and Lee was also named to the Best Private Colleges List.

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Even in Hard Times, Private Colleges Remain Affordable

Release Date: 01/11/09
Associated Schools: Randolph-Macon College
An op-ed piece by President Robert Lindgren of Randolph-Macon College regarding the affordability and value of a Virginia private college education.

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Private Colleges, Universities Must Be in State's Starting Lineup

Release Date: 08/16/09
Associated Schools: Hollins University
An op-ed piece by President Nancy Oliver Gray of Hollins University regarding the Virginia Business Higher Education Council's "Grow by Degrees" initiative and the role of Virginia private colleges.

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Private Tuition Aid Increases

Release Date: 05/18/11
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Tuition Assistance Grant Program increases: Virginia students attending a Virginia private college or university will receive more tuition assitance from the state next year."

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College study finds two-year penalty

Release Date: 03/17/09
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Study reveals that people with a bachelor's degree who transferred from a community college earn less than those who start at a four-year school.

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