TVCC hosts College Night event, $500 awards offered

Deciding where to go to college is a major decision. Deciding if you can afford college can be an even bigger question.

Two locations:

John W. Brown Readiness Center (Armory)
1330 SW 4th Street, Ontario,

Four Rivers Community School
2449 SW 4th Ave, Ontario.
The session at FRCS will be presented in Spanish and is a partnership between Eastern Oregon University, TVCC and FRCS.

To help answer questions about college and assist in selecting good options, Treasure Valley Community College is hosting College Night in Oregon from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.

This year the event will double with one session offered at the John W. Brown Readiness Center (Armory) 1330 SW 4th Street, Ontario, and another presented at the same time at Four Rivers Community School, 2449 SW 4th Ave, Ontario. The session at FRCS will be presented in Spanish and is a partnership between Eastern Oregon University, TVCC and FRCS.

"We've offered College Night for several years but we are especially excited about expanding this event to provide another opportunity for families in our community," said TVCC President Dana Young.

Whether high school students, or adults, are already planning to attend college or evaluating the available options, College Night in Oregon offers information about planning and paying for college.

Parents and college-bound students, of any age, are invited to attend this free event.

"At TVCC, our goal is to help take the mystery, as well as the hassle, out of applying and paying for college," said Keith Raab, TVCC Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

But TVCC's commitment to the community goes beyond telling students how things work here in Ontario. "As the local community college, our mission is to help increase access to education for everyone," Raab said.

While the event is sponsored by TVCC and other state-wide organizations, it's for anyone thinking about going to any college or university.

"The process for the federal financial aid application is the same for every college, and we want to help everyone get the money they need, no matter which school they choose to attend," Raab added.

While each school may have a few unique requests, for the most part, admission applications are similar and knowing where to look for additional information can be the key to a successful application process.

In addition, finding money to pay for college can be one of the biggest barriers for students. Experienced professionals will be available to take the mystery out of financial aid and guide you through the process of planning and paying for college, with a specific focus on how to search for scholarships and other funding sources.

The event includes free pizza and soda. As an additional incentive, those attending can enter to win one of four $500 scholarships to the college or university of their choice.

"Even if a student is currently a sophomore in high school and hasn't decided which college to attend, the $500 award can be redeemed in the future to be used for any school of his or her choice. And of course if you are already a college student you can use the money the very next term," Raab said. "You must be present to win, but since the whole night will be packed with informative sessions, staying won't be a challenge."

Four $500 awards will be offered at each session, for a total of eight winners.

  • Informational topics will include:
  • How to launch a successful future with higher education
  • Choosing the right college or academic program
  • Finding financial aid and making college affordable
  • Searching for scholarships and avoiding scams
  • Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

"This is a great opportunity to bring any questions or concerns you have about how to pay for college and get the answers you need, no matter where you want to go," Raab said.

Pre-registration is not required for College Night in Oregon. For more information about this event, or to find out how to pay for college, contact TVCC's Financial Aid Department at (541) 881-5830.

Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) partners with OCAC, ASPIRE, and Oregon GEAR UP to bring College Night in Oregon to Oregon students and families. College Night in Oregon is held in 14 locations throughout the state. For more information, visit www.collegenightinor.org.