College Fair, Financial Aid Night set for Sept. 26

College Fair, Financial Aid Night set for Sept. 26 

Sept. 10, 2018


On Wed., Sept. 26, 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 learning 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 Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall. Although presented by Maryville College’s financial aid staff, the session covers general information that will 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

As of Sept. 5, almost 40 schools had registered for the fair, but more are expected to register in the coming days. In addition to Maryville College, colleges and universities committed to sending representatives and information include: Appalachian State University, Auburn University, Birmingham-Southern College, Bryan College, Carson-Newman University, Cumberland University, East Tennessee State University, Emory & Henry College, Hiwassee College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Johnson University, Johnson & Wales University, King University, Lee University, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, Samford University, Sewanee: The University of the South, South College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman campus, Tennessee School of Beauty, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee Tech-Army ROTC Program, Tennessee Wesleyan University, Transylvania University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Tusculum University, Union University, University of Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Tennessee-Knoxville Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee at Martin, University of the Cumberlands, Walters State Community College and Western Carolina University.

“While we encourage every student in Blount County and the surrounding area to stop by the Maryville College tables at the fair, we also realize that students have a myriad of interests and needs as they pursue educational opportunities beyond high school,” said Alayne Bowman, Maryville College’s vice president for admissions and financial aid. “We believe it is important for students and their families to be as informed as possible as they navigate through the college search process, and this is what the Blount County College Fair is all about – helping people make informed decisions.”

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

Financial aid basics covered

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,” Bowman said. “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.

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 2019 semester is 1,148.