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Free College Financial Aid Assistance Offered During Super FAFSA Week

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on January 17, 2014

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Applying for financial aid for college can be a complicated process. We’re here to help. On February 1, 2014, the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), in conjunction with John Tyler Community College, will host a Super FAFSA Week event. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Bird Hall, rooms B124 and B126, at the College’s Chester Campus, located at 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway.

Super FAFSA Week, formerly known as Super Saturday, is one of VASFAA’s annual service projects, where individuals seeking funding for postsecondary education receive free, professional assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used by colleges, universities, and career-technical schools across the country to determine eligibility for student federal and state financial aid.

VASFAA is offering over 60 Super FAFSA Week events at high schools, colleges and community and civic centers across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Participating sites will have computers available for students and parents to apply for federal aid electronically, along with financial aid representatives to assist. John Tyler Community College will also offer a Financial Aid 101 presentation to provide an overview of federal and state resources and the financial aid application process. This event is open to students and parents of all grade levels, including returning college students, as well as older adults interested in furthering their educations.

Once students leave this event, they will have initiated the financial aid process for any college they are interested in attending. VASFAA understands that the financial aid process can be daunting, and we hope that by offering this opportunity to students and parents, we can help ease this process for hundreds of Virginia residents.

As an incentive for attending a Super FAFSA Week event, students will have a chance to win a $100 book scholarship. A book scholarship will be awarded to one student at each Super FAFSA Week site to be used at the winner’s college of choice during the 2014-15 academic year.

Super FAFSA Week is open to the public and is partly funded by the College Access Challenge Grant Program. For more information about Super FAFSA Week 2014, please visit To learn more about the Super FAFSA event at John Tyer, contact Ericka Aikens at or 804-768-6609.

VASFAA is an organization of individuals who administer financial aid programs or who are otherwise active in a financial aid-related profession. Its mission is to maintain an organization that promotes the professional growth and collaboration of its members in order to serve fairly the needs of students, families, and institutions in matters related to financial and informational resources that support students' postsecondary education goals. The organization is determined to help students pursue and attain their educational goals.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,000 students during the 2012-13 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates, and 34 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,200 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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