Student Loans – Financial Assistance for US and Foreign Students

Student loans usually represent financial aid given to students who apply for one of them to help cover their academic financial expenses. Unlike scholarships, student loans are repayable. That is, the borrower is expected to repay this loan to the government or any private authority that issue them the loan. It is important to note […]

Can I Get a Loan if I Am a Student?

Not only employed citizens may have difficult financial situations but also students – people who do not have time to work full-time. Most often these are those who live in a hostel or in a rented apartment away from relatives. Even state employees who receive a scholarship at the university cannot always count on it […]

Tuition Cost – How Much To Pay?

There is no centralized system in the United States that standardizes tuition fees. Each American university independently sets the cost of its programs. The cost of academic programs depends on the institution, specialization and expected income of the student after graduation. Therefore, it is especially important to know in advance how much it costs to […]

Events Calendar

Second Sundays are a College Hill Corridor signature. Every Sunday of the month, from March until November, expect one of the best community picnics in Macon featuring live music in beautiful Washington Park. With children splashing in the fountains, a hands-on art project led by Macon Arts and a laid-back gathering featuring music listeners from every walk of life, Second Sunday is an event showcasing Macon at its finest. The concerts are free to attend and feature a cash bar and food available for purchase, or you can bring your own. Picnics, lawn chairs and pets are welcome. Second Sunday Brunch takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in March, April and May. Second Sunday at Sunset takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in June, July, August and September. Check back often for the updated schedule of performers. For booking, catering or sponsorship inquiries, please contact the College Hill Alliance office. If you are a musicians interested in playing Second Sunday, please send us two songs and a brief explanation on why you want to play at the community event.

Current Second Sunday Schedule:

March 13 (1-3 p.m.): Romantica

April 10 (1-3 p.m.): Saint Francis – followed by the Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby!

May 8 (1-3 p.m.): EG Kight

June 12 (7-9 p.m.): The Grapevine

July 10 (7-9 p.m.): The Donna Hopkins Band

August 14 (7-9 p.m.): Back City Woods

September 11 (7-9 p.m.): Gringo Grande followed by Jubee and the Morning After

October 9 (1-3 p.m.): Fitzmaurice

November 13 (1-3 p.m.): Karen Bivins and the Finesse Band

Big Screen Movie Nights are hosted in conjunction with the Macon Film Festival and bring the big silver screen to the great outdoors. Free outdoor movie events take place in spring, summer and fall in various outdoor locations in the Corridor and surrounding downtown. Movies are often shown in Tattnall Square Park but have also been shown in Riverside Cemetery, Coleman Hill, Waterworks Park, the Terminal Station and the Beall’s Hill Community Garden. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring snacks, blankets and lawn chairs. Check the calendar for upcoming movies and locations.

Third Thursday’s Party in the Village is organized by the Mercer Village merchants every third Thursday of the month as a block party featuring food and drink specials, live music, outdoor entertainment and a student and “Shop Local Macon” marketplace. Montpelier Avenue is closed from 5 to 10 p.m., so patrons can stroll or bike freely among the restaurants and stores.

Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby takes place following the Second Sunday Brunch concert every April. Soapbox racing teams vie for trophies for the fastest car and most creative structure. The timed racing event takes place on Magnolia Street’s hill. For the 2011 rules, regulations and an application, visit

Cotton Avenue Revival Mural will feature the work of the mural contest winner. They, along with local students and volunteers, will create a historical mural on the south wall located at 841 Forsyth Street. The theme of the mural is “Celebrating the History of Cotton Avenue Merchants and Community Leaders.” Look for signs of the mural’s construction and opportunities to paint a portion of this public art in the Corridor!

Support Our Troops

Mercer Bears and Red Cross Team Up to Support Our Troops

Bring two items to donate for soldier care packages and receive
FREE admission to the game!

The Central Georgia Chapter Red Cross has partnered with Mercer University to host a “Salute to the 48th Brigade” day at the last home basketball game, which takes place on February 20 at 3:30 p.m. against Jacksonville University. Prior to the game, the Red Cross will host a tailgate for the families of the deployed 48th Brigade with food and events for the children. During half-time, there will be a special presentation by Mercer and rear detachment command of the 48th.

Basketball fans will be given FREE admission to the game if you bring two donated items for soldier care packages. Accepted items include white socks, beef jerky, hard candy, bar soap, toothbrush / paste, dental floss, deodorant, baby wipes, Q-tips, shaving accessories, mixed nuts, extension cords, phone cards, and batteries (AA or AAA preferred).

Call for Surveying and Engineering Services

College Hill Alliance, acting as agent for the Corporation of Mercer University, is soliciting written expressions of interest from qualified firms interested in providing total surveying services and civil engineering services for the Transportation Enhancement project known as the College Street Streetscape Enhancement (#0010667).

Expressions of interest should be emailed to Reshanda Walker at and include (1) firm name, address, telephone number (2) contact person, and (3) email address to which RFP will be sent.
Expressions of interest must be received by not later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2011, to ensure inclusion in the bidders list. It is expected the RFP will be issued by October 14, 2011. Questions should be addressed to Patrick Madison at

Spring is in Full Bloom in Tattnall Park

See the list of events in the park below:

April 10
Kids’ Day Out!
Hosted by the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Mercer’s Alpha Tau Omega & Alpha Delta Pi and Centenary Church
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A full day of family fun with hands-on art and crafts projects with local artists, live animal shows, amazing science demonstrations by Dr. Craig Anderson (a.k.a. “Dr. A”), star shows in the portable planetarium, games and more. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from local vendors on-site.

April 17
PIC Green Field Day
Hosted by Historic Macon
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Preservation is Conservation! Historic Macon Foundation hosts a green field day where vendors from across the region will have green products and services on display that can help make any home or lifestyle more energy efficient (and cheaper). Displays and demonstrations include solar power, ultra-efficient appliances, geo-thermal heat, wind power, recycled building materials, composting, LEED-certified architecture, window efficiency, insulation, bicycling and ultra-efficient automobiles.

April 22
Earth Day Celebration
Sponsored by City of Macon Parks & Recreation Dept.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Celebrate “giving back to Mother Earth” with family-oriented fun that includes games, speakers, music, dancing, giveaways, vendors and a Big Screen Night showing of the film “Into the Wild” by the College Hill Alliance at 8 p.m.

April 24-25
Pan African Festival of Georgia
Weekend in the Park
Hosted by the Tubman African American Museum
10 a.m. to Sundown

Now in its 14th year, enjoy the celebration, the experience, and the presentations of music, dance, food, film, art, and spoken word, as we explore the dynamic and diverse cultures created from the African Diaspora. This weekend community event celebrates African influences from around the world, is open to all and is formed around the principles of Love, Peace, Unity and Hope.

May 1
Macon Cycling Classic & Moonlight Miles 5K
Hosted by Walthall Oil Cycling & Mercer Cycling / Bragg Jam Festival Inc.
All Day: 9 a.m., Macon Cycling Classic Starts; 8:30 p.m. Moonlight Miles Starts

A full day of fitness in and around Tattnall Park with two community sporting events sharing the road and excitement. Expect vendors, live entertainment and a free movie screening after the last one crosses the finish line. It’s two races that set the pace for a healthy aspirations. Visit the individual websites for registration and details.

Soapbox Derby Call for Entries

The College Hill Corridor is giving the Soapbox Derby another run. The event will take place on Sunday, April 11, on the Magnolia Street hill, following Second Sunday Brunch in Washington Park, and ending with a block party down Magnolia Street.

Now is the time to register or sponsor a team to race in the derby. Everyone who registers will receive a free t-shirt to commemorate the event. The application and race regulations are found on the left-hand side of this site. You can also find copies at the Mercer Village merchants. Completed applications should be returned to the College Hill Alliance office at 1624B Coleman Avenue or e-mailed to by Monday, April 5.

Two winners will be chosen for the Soapbox Derby, one for People’s Choice and one for Fastest Car. The winner of Fastest Car will receive a $100 gift card from Zingo Transportation — a designated-driving service — along with 20 free custom-print t-shirts from Magnolia Press and a Soapbox Derby trophy.

Details for the Day:

Second Sunday Brunch will kick things off and feature the Laura Reed Band playing from noon until 2 p.m. Soapbox entries will be inspected at 1:15 p.m. and voting begins on People’s Choice for most creative car at 1:30 p.m. The actual Soapbox Derby takes place at 2:30 p.m.

Since the street will be closed for the race, the event will also include a coinciding block party along Magnolia Street. Neighbors will serve free snacks and desserts to race-goers and host live music porch parties, roving local art galleries and sidewalk chalk drawing. The Magnolia Street Block Party kicks off during the race and lasts until 5 p.m.

Parking is available at the Washington Memorial Library, the College Street Post Office, Joshua Cup Coffee, and the Orange Street lot (access via High Street).

Big Screen Movie Night in Riverside Cemetery

Come out to Riverside Cemetery and enjoy a free flick under the stars on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. Join us at the historic cemetery for Hocus Pocus, a family-friendly Halloween favorite. Don’t forget to bring your friends, lawn chairs and blankets! This outdoor movie is presented by the Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy, Macon Film Festival, and College Hill Alliance.
The event is part of Spirits in October at Riverside Cemetery. For more information on all the events, click here.