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Financial Aid reaches out with new video and Spanish site

November 11, 2008 : Paul McLinden

Photo caption: Orlando Lobaina, Executive Director of Global Enrollment, and Robert Ritz, Financial Aid Director, show student Juan Carlos Liberty’s new Financial Aid web page in Spanish.


Thanks to two recent developments, Financial Aid information just became easier to access and manage. Last month Liberty began partnering with Financial Aid TV, a firm based in San Francisco, Calif., to provide online video counseling for Financial Aid recipients and their parents in a YouTube format. Now, from Liberty’s Financial Aid website, you can access Financial Aid TV and get answers to questions like: “How can I pay for college?,” “What’s the difference between a grant and a loan?” and “What does SAP stand for?”

“We are very pleased with the results,” said Financial Aid Director Robert Ritz. “Because we have experienced major increased enrollment, Liberty University chose Financial Aid TV to help address the many questions that come with that growth.”

The new service fits especially well with Liberty’s diverse and geographically scattered student base. “Financial Aid TV specifically helps us reach resident students on their terms, distance learning students in their homes and now Spanish-speaking families in their language,” said Ritz.

Spanish speaking students and their parents can tune in to FATV and find many other resources on Liberty’s new Financial Aid web page in Spanish. The site helps Spanish-speaking parents of dependent students navigate the Financial Aid landscape, offering insight on loan details, federal guidelines and completing FAFSA paperwork.

“Liberty desires to be a worldwide university,” said Orlando Lobaina, Executive Director of Global Enrollment. “God has given us a great opportunity to reach the world through education, and this [new site] is one more way for us to do that.”

Liberty’s Spanish speaking population, which includes more than 300 students on campus and 836 online, hails from the United States and Puerto Rico and at least 12 countries, including Mexico, Argentina and Spain.