How Baylor Steered Lower-Income Parents to Debt They Couldn’t Afford

10/18/2021 by The VCF Board

The Texas university and some other wealthy colleges guided families into no-limit Parent Plus loans, leaving them with onerous payments; ‘I will never get it all paid off’

WACO, Texas—Some of the wealthiest U.S. colleges are steering parents into no-limit federal loans to cover rising tuition, leaving many poor and middle-class families with debt they can’t… Read More

Bluefield College Becomes Bluefield University

8/20/2021 by The VCF Board

Bluefield, VA –President Dr. David Olive was joined by Board of Trustees Chairman  Mr. Todd Asbury ’93 to make the exciting announcement that the institution will now be known as Bluefield University. The historic news was shared during President’s Convocation and the ceremonial beginning of the institution’s centennial celebration. 
“The discussion to transition to a… Read More

Mental Health Issues Are Rising on College Campuses

8/9/2021 by The VCF Board

His friends all told him to seek help, so Virginia Commonwealth University student Anirban Mahanty decided to find a therapist. He asked VCU, and the university referred him to three off-campus services that were all overwhelmed because of the pandemic.

Searching for assistance was a challenge. Feeling isolated, he struggled to complete daily tasks and gave up several times. After a… Read More

College Was Supposed to Close the Wealth Gap for Black Americans

8/8/2021 by The VCF Board

Black millennials thought college would help them get ahead. Instead, it is setting them back.

The median net worth of households with Black college graduates in their 30s has plunged over the past three decades to less than one-tenth the net worth of their white counterparts, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Federal Reserve data. The drop is driven by skyrocketing… Read More

Ferrum College Celebrates 30% Increase in Giving; Finishes Year with Over $2.5 Million Raised

7/13/2021 by The VCF Board

Ferrum College raised over $2.5 million this fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), surpassing last year’s total by more than $600,000. In addition to the increase in overall fundraising, the College is also celebrating an uptick in its Arthur Society members, its leadership giving society for individuals and businesses who contribute over $1,000 annually. Read more about Ferrum’s giving… Read More

Former Rector of Virginia Tech, John Rocovich Receives Dr. William E. Pearson Service Award

6/30/2021 by The VCF Board

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia College Fund is thrilled to have awarded John Rocovich, former Rector of Virginia Tech, with the Dr. William E. Pearson Service Award for his outstanding service and contribution to The Virginia College Fund on Wednesday, June 23 at their 56th annual board meeting hosted by Woods Rodgers PLC in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Dr. William E. Pearson… Read More

Some College Graduates Paid to Live in Southwest or Southside VA

4/30/2021 by The VCF Board

The Tobacco Commission (Virginia Tobacco Region and Revitalization Commission) has come up with a program that does not involve pork-barrel grants.

Two of the problems afflicting the area served by the Commission, Southside and Southwest, are a shortage of people to fill certain jobs and a shortage of young adults putting down roots in the area. Read the full article from Bacon's… Read More

Financial Aid Available for Virginia's Seniors

3/22/2021 by The VCF Board

If you’ve thrown up your hands attempting to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’re not alone.

FAFSA completion rates are down almost 10% in Virginia as compared to the same date last year. That statistic by itself would be disconcerting, but it only tells part of the story. Decreases are prevalent for students who need financial aid the most.

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Averett University to Join ODAC in 2022-23

3/9/2021 by The VCF Board

Averett University has announced that its Department of Athletics has been offered and has accepted membership to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), beginning with the 2022-23 academic year.

Averett, with 17 NCAA sports and three varsity club sports, will become the 15th full-time member of the ODAC on July 1, 2022.

Read the full article on the Averett website HERE.… Read More

EMU President Interviewed on Richmond's Morning News

3/4/2021 by The VCF Board

We are so proud to announce our own Dr. Susan Huxman, the President of Eastern Mennonite University and Chair of the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, was interviewed on Richmond's Morning News with John Reid. Dr. Susan Huxman discusses the differences our smaller, rural colleges make in the Commonwealth.

You can find Richmond's Morning News with John Reid in Richmond on the… Read More