Blount County College Fair, Financial Aid Night set for Sept. 11 at MC

Blount County College Fair, Financial Aid Night set for Sept. 11 at MC

Aug. 18, 2017

On Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, Maryville College will host two events designed to assist students and their families with two of the most important pieces of the college search process: finding the right college and how to pay for it through the use of financial aid.

The Blount County College Fair will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Cooper Athletic Center on the Maryville College campus. Representatives from more than 50 colleges, universities, technical schools and art schools are expected to attend the fair, which is coordinated and sponsored by Maryville College as a service to area students and their families.

Following the fair, all are invited to attend Financial Aid Night from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Alumni Gym. Although presented by Maryville College’s financial aid staff, this is a general information session to help prospective students and families, regardless of the type of college they are considering.

Both events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

More than 50 schools expected to attend Blount County College Fair

While the majority of the schools represented are located in the Southeast, the Blount County fair has typically drawn college and university representatives from across the nation.

Representatives from the following institutions are expected to be in attendance: Austin Peay State University, Bryan College, Cumberland University, Hiwassee College, Jacksonville State University, Johnson University, Johnson & Wales University, King University, Lee University, Lincoln Memorial University, Maryville College, Maryville College Division of Behavioral Sciences, Maryville College Division of Humanities, Middle Tennessee State University, Milligan College, Mississippi State University, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, Samford University, South College, South College School of Pharmacy, TCAT-Knoxville, Tennessee School of Beauty, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Wesleyan University, The University of the South, Trevecca, TSAC, Tusculum College, University of Memphis, University of Redlands (California), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee Army ROTC, University of the Cumberlands, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Military Academy-West Point, Walters State Community College and Western Carolina University, among others.

"The Blount County College Fair provides the opportunity for college-bound students and their families to meet representatives from colleges and universities across the country,” said Cyndi Sweet, executive director for admissions and financial aid at Maryville College. “To make the best college decision, students and their families must be well-informed about the numerous educational opportunities that exist beyond high school.

“Maryville College is happy to once again host this college fair on our campus, and we encourage students to attend and stop by the Maryville College table for more information about the MC experience."

For more information about the Blount County College Fair, please call the Office of Admissions at 865.981.8092.

Financial Aid Night to focus on financial aid process

During Financial Aid Night, families and students will learn what they need to do to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to qualify for most student aid programs such as the Tennessee State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional awards and low-cost federal student and parent loans. Terminologies, student eligibility, timelines and information on grants and loans will be explained. From institutional aid to state and federal aid programs, this financial aid primer will help decipher the terms, raise the issues, review best approaches and answer financial aid questions.

Participants will also be briefed on the Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship Program, as well as the importance of searching out free money awards like scholarships to help pay for education costs.

“Financial Aid Night is a great opportunity for families to acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed to navigate the financial aid process,” said Alayne Bowman, director of financial aid at the College. “Sometimes this task can be daunting, and just knowing and understanding the terms, deadlines and types of aid can help assure families that their student is receiving the most financial aid that is available.”

For more information, please call the College’s Office of Financial Aid at 865.981.8100.

Area students & families invited to “College & Coffee” series

Maryville College and Vienna Coffee House are partnering to present “College & Coffee,” a fall series of events for those who want to learn more about Maryville College and the college search process.

From Sept. 7 through Dec. 14, area students and their families are invited to stop by Vienna Coffee House (212 College St., Maryville, TN) on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. to talk with Maryville College admissions counselors about Maryville College, the college search process, the college application process and financial aid.

“We are really excited to offer college counseling to the local community in partnership with Vienna Coffee as our host location,” said Cyndi Sweet, executive director for admissions and financial aid at Maryville College. “Sometimes families just need to ask a quick question or have a longer conversation outside of traditional office hours, and we want to be of help.”

“College & Coffee” will be held on the following Thursdays: Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30; and Dec. 7 and 14.

For more information, please call the Maryville College Office of Admissions at 865.981.8092.

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.