Enroll in Classes, Get Help with Financial Aid & More at Nov. 28 Event


Script Writing, Web Page Coding and Racial and Ethnic Relations are just a few of the many hundreds of courses available for the Winter 2019 semester at Kalamazoo Valley. Help registering for classes is just one of the many services that will be available at the Get it Done – Get Ready for the Winter Semester event held at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Texas Township Campus Nov. 28 from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Student Commons.

This annual event serves as a one-stop option for students, parents and community members who have questions or are interested in attending Kalamazoo Valley. Representatives from the Financial Aid Office, Office for Enrollment Management, the Admissions, Registration and Records Office, Student Activities and Organizations and Student Success Services will be on hand to assist those in attendance.

Additionally, a number of instructors and academic deans will be available to answer questions about specific programs and degrees offered at the college. “Kalamazoo Valley offers a wide variety of programs in a number of different career pathways,” Executive Vice President for Instructional and Student Success Services Dr. Dennis A. Bertch said. “Several of these programs will be on display at our Nov. 28 event. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the services and programs that are available."

Additionally, Bertch added, students can learn more about the Kalamazoo Valley Accelerated Associate Program (KVAAP). This new initiative covers the cost of tuition, fees and books for qualifying students and is meant to help ensure that students can attend school full time and complete their associate degree. In addition to financial assistance, students benefit from advising and educational pathway guidance.

Program Director Louis Thomas will have applications and information available for students interested in participating in KVAAP.

With more than 100 questions, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be an overwhelming process for parents and students. Fill it out incorrectly and you may jeopardize receiving need-based grants, some merit-based grants, and possible loans that can assist in paying for college.

The Financial Aid Office will help anyone in the community who needs assistance with their college financial aid paperwork or would like to learn more about the financial aid process. Computers will be available in order to access the online FAFSA application.

Attendees should bring all necessary paperwork to complete the FAFSA, including 2016 tax return information. “We’re here to help,” said Director of Financial Aid Alisha Cederberg. “I encourage anyone who has questions about financial aid to stop by – there’s a lot of money out there to help with the costs of attending college – and the process can be complicated.”

Attendees at the Nov. 28 event can complete a number of the other necessary steps to becoming a Kalamazoo Valley student, including talking to an advisor or counselor, enrolling for the winter semester and touring the Texas Township Campus.

Placement testing will be available but can take up to three hours to complete. People without test scores are encouraged to visit the college prior to the Get it Done event to take the test so they can complete the other necessary steps to become a student on Nov. 28.

If available, participants should bring any educational documents, including high school and college transcripts and placement test scores to ensure for proper course placement. “There’s still time to become part of the Kalamazoo Valley community,” said Director of Enrollment Management EJ Bast. “We’re trying to remove as many barriers as possible for students to enroll in classes which begin on Jan. 7.”

For more information about this special event and how to apply to the college and register for classes visit www.kvcc.edu/getitdone. The event is free and open to the community.

This article was posted on 11/06/2018.