Hiwassee College Says New Program Provides Safety Net For Students, Helping Graduates Repay Student Loans

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Hiwassee College officials said they are so confident in the preparedness of their graduates to enter the workforce that they are further supporting student success after graduation. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, Hiwassee College will provide their new loan repayment assistance program, the Hiwassee College Advantage, to all incoming freshmen students.

"Hiwassee College is the first institution in the state of Tennessee to provide this promise to all their incoming freshmen. The Hiwassee College Advantage provides substantial assistance to students and parents, helping with student and Parent PLUS loan repayment after graduation if they do not meet specified income thresholds," officials said.

The Hiwassee College Advantage will be provided at no cost to students or families.
The assistance will continue until the graduate’s income rises to a level of financial sufficiency, or until their loans are completely paid off.

Upon enrollment, Hiwassee College students will receive an Award Letter from the college, specifying the lower and upper income thresholds that determine how much assistance they will receive after graduation. 

“I think the Hiwassee Advantage is an amazing program for loan borrowers just like me. In the competitive career field I am pursuing, the uncertainty of the job market will not concern me because I have the Hiwassee Advantage to assist me in paying off my student loans if things do not go according to plan, and I take comfort in that," said Kendra King, sophomore dental hygiene major.

Dr. Robin Tricoli, president of Hiwassee College said, "Hiwassee College has had great success with our students getting into graduate school or starting their careers immediately after graduation.  We believe so strongly in our academic programming we are investing in this program for our students to provide them with a cutting edge advantage."

“At Hiwassee College we believe that our programs of study prepare students to go on and earn great salaries right after graduation. The Hiwassee College Advantage lets students and parents know that we all, together, have a stake in their future success,” said John Cage, associate vice president of Enrollment Management.

For more information about Hiwassee College and the Hiwassee College Advantage, visit http://hiwassee.edu/affordability/the-hiwassee-college-advantage/
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