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Release Date: 7/20/2016
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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

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Community Viewpoint: A College Education is Worth the Upfront Cost

Release Date: 10/6/2013
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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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The Value of a Liberal Arts Education at Virginia's Private Colleges

Release Date: 10/28/2012
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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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Forbes "America's Top Colleges" List features 11 of Virginia's private colleges.

Release Date: 8/6/2012
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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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Private Colleges, Universities Must Be in State's Starting Lineup

Release Date: 8/16/2009
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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College study finds two-year penalty

Release Date: 3/17/2009
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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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