SOURCE: CollegeWeekLive

July 02, 2008 08:56 ET

Financial Aid Experts and Colleges Offer Advice to Students and Parents at CollegeWeekLive's "Paying for College" Online Event

MIT, UCLA and Over 30 Colleges to Participate in Unique Program to Help Educate Students and Parents About Financial Aid Planning -- Live and Online

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - CollegeWeekLive™ (http://www.collegeweeklive.com), the largest virtual college fair, today announced the names of expert speakers who will present at 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 and students find creative and affordable ways to fund a college education.

While three-quarters of full-time undergraduates received some form of financial aid in 2006-07, understanding the complexities of federal and private loans, grants, scholarships and other ways to fund higher education remains a major concern for American families. While financial aid has been a principal topic at prior CollegeWeekLive events, "Paying for College" is the first major online-only conference to singularly address this issue and will bring together an unprecedented gathering of financial aid authorities.

Through interactive sessions that are the hallmark of all CollegeWeekLive events, speakers at "Paying for College" will present via streaming Internet video and then answer LIVE text questions posed to them by a nationwide Web-based audience. Speakers include:

-- Mark Kantrowitz, financial aid and college planning author, and founder and publisher of FinAid.com (www.finaid.com). Mark is the author of four books, including two on student aid, as well as Director of Advanced Projects for FastWeb.com -- the largest and most frequently updated scholarship matching site

-- Dan Barkowitz, Director of Student Financial Aid & Employment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (http://web.mit.edu/sfs/)

-- John F. Marcus, SVP, Business Development, TERI -- a leading provider of guaranteed private education loans programs and college access programs. (www.teri.org)

-- Peter Van Buskirk, Author, Consultant and Motivational Speaker, "The Admission Game" -- a premier college planning resource. (www.theadmissiongame.com)

-- Asheesh Advani, CEO, Virgin Money -- a company whose singular goal is to provide families with the best college financing deal possible. (www.virginmoneyus.com)

-- Don Fenstermaker, CEO of NextStudent, one of the nation's premier education funding companies -- dedicated to helping students' families find affordable ways to pay for college. (www.nextstudent.com)

-- Edward C. Flores, Outreach Coordinator, UCLA Financial Aid Office (www.fao.ucla.edu/)

Additional speakers and topics will be announced soon. Visit our website at http://www.collegeweeklive.com/agenda.html for details.


Financial aid officers from exhibiting colleges and universities will also be on hand at CollegeWeekLive: Paying for College to answer financial aid questions from enrolling students.

Participating schools include:

Alabama-Birmingham, The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Belhaven University, Binghamton University, Chaminade University, Christian Brothers University, Colorado College, DeSales University, Emerson College, Harrisburg University, Hawaii Pacific University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois State, Johnson & Wales University, Mars Hill College, Merrimack College, Miami University (OH), Northeastern University, Old Dominion University, Park University, Pitt Tech Institute, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, Simmons College, Union University, University of Mary Washington, University of New England, United States Military Academy (West Point), and Wartburg College.

In addition to watching and interacting LIVE with colleges and speakers, registered attendees of "Paying for College" can also walk a virtual trade show floor, where they 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.

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

About CollegeWeekLive

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