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BUSINESS SHORTS: Webchat to focus on paying for college

Finding out the cost of a college education can be enough to send a parent into sticker shock.

But there are a variety of ways to help make it more affordable.

Marc T. Vernon, Germanna Community College’s financial aid coordinator, will answer questions about paying for college during a Money Talk$ webchat at noon Tuesday on fredericks

Vernon has worked for four universities in the offices of admission, registrar, financial aid, student accounting and athletics.

He was previously the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine financial aid director for six years.

Vernon has a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in public administration/executive leadership from VCU, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and mass communications from Old Dominion University.

Questions can by submitted in advance by sending an email to cjett@freelances Some of the questions and Vernon’s answers will appear in the business section on March 15. The entire transcript will be archived on our website,

Southpoint II eatery goes on the market

Morsi’s Mediterranean Grill in Southpoint II is for sale.

Mamoud and Donna Morsi opened the restaurant at 10219 Southpoint Parkway in July of 2012 with a menu featuring such fare as kabobs, hummus and falafel. Its annual earnings have averaged about $300,000, he said.

The couple has decided to put the restaurant on the market because Donna Morsi has received an attractive job offer in Florida. Since they’re seeking a quick sale, they’re asking $60,000 for the restaurant. Mamoud Morsi said that it is worth $90,000.

Prior to opening Morsi’s, he worked for luxury hotels in Cyprus, Kuwait, Malta and the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el–Sheikh, as well as Italian and Mediterranean restaurants in the Fredericksburg and Woodbridge areas.

Mamoud Morsi said that he will remain on site to assist the buyer with training and ease transition for a designated period of time.

To contact him, text 703/981-4680.

—Cathy Jett


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