SOURCE: CollegeWeekLive

June 23, 2008 12:33 ET

Financial Aid Departments Connect With Incoming Students and Parents Online at CollegeWeekLive's "Paying for College" Event - July 10, 2008

Program Will Provide Rare Opportunity for Financial Aid Officers to Efficiently Interact and Address Important Questions From Student and Parents Online

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - CollegeWeekLive (http://www.collegeweeklive.com), the largest virtual college fair, today announced additional details on its upcoming "Paying for College" event, an interactive, online-only forum and exposition being held July 10, 2008. This virtual event will provide a unique, FREE resource to help parents, students and financial aid administrators find creative and affordable ways to fund a college education.

Participating over the Web from the convenience of their homes, schools, or workplaces, parents and students attending the event can connect directly with financial aid officers from a range of participating schools, watch LIVE presentations from college funding experts, and chat with leading lending institutions. "Paying for College" will feature a virtual trade show floor, where attendees can visit virtual booths and find and download helpful reports, literature, and resources. These resources can help demystify the financial aid process and add clarity on the variety of funding options available, from grants and scholarships, to loans, work-study, tax credits and more. Representatives from college funding organizations, as well as financial aid staff from participating universities and colleges, will also be on hand to discuss how college students can finance their education.

"Finding and securing sufficient and appropriate means to afford and fund higher education can be a difficult and frustrating experience," said Robert Rosenbloom, CEO of PlatformQ, the producer of CollegeWeekLive. "Our unique Web platform facilitates constructive interactions between students and financial aid offices that would otherwise only be possible through a campus visit. These online connections are valuable to both students and universities as they offer unprecedented convenience and cost savings."

Below is a partial list of colleges that will have staff on hand to interact to with attendees: during the event, and many more schools are expected to participate:

-- University of Alabama-Birmingham

-- Anderson University

-- Binghamton University

-- Chaminade University

-- Colorado College

-- Emerson College

-- Harrisburg University

-- Johnson & Wales University

-- Mars Hill College

-- Miami University (OH)

-- Pitt Tech Institute

-- Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic

-- Union University

-- University of Miami (FL)

-- United States Military Academy (West Point)

"With the cost of gasoline and air travel at an all-time high, the traditional 'college road trip' is increasingly unattractive to families facing rising education costs," said Marie Bernardo, Vice President of Student Services and University Registrar, Johnson & Wales University. "By participating in CollegeWeekLive's 'Paying for College' event, we'll be able to interact with families across the nation, and through a virtual visit save them the time and cost of a trip to our campus."

Sponsors of the "Paying for College" event include these leading providers of student loans: Discover Student Loans (www.DiscoverStudentLoans.com), NextStudent (www.nextstudent.com), Virgin Money (www.virginmoneyus.com); as well as charter media partner--Next Step Magazine (www.nextSTEPmag.com), the place for students to help plan their life after high school, and a valuable source of information on college, careers, and life skills.

Stay Tuned

Financial Aid has always been a major theme at CollegeWeekLive events, and "Paying for College" will be even more informative. Next week, CollegeWeekLive will announce details on financial aid experts, speakers and panelists who will be participating in this FREE event.

To register, learn more, or watch an informative video on "Paying For College" go to: http://www.collegeweeklive.com

About CollegeWeekLive

CollegeWeekLive is a unique virtual event designed to allow people involved in the college admissions process (students, parents, teachers, counselors, colleges and universities) to connect and successfully interact with one another in ways that are impossible at physical events, through powerful Web-based software and services. PlatformQ, the producer of CollegeWeekLive, is a new company whose mission is to leverage the accessibility of online events to connect individuals, companies and organizations -- across North America and internationally -- who might otherwise not be able to travel to physical events or communicate with leading experts or thought leaders. Visit www.collegeweeklive.com.

CollegeWeekLive and PlatformQ are trademarks of PlatformQ, Inc. All other trademarks or service marks are property of their respective owners.

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