National College Fair lands March 13 in Raleigh
Is your teen looking for the right college or university to attend? With so many options out there, you both may be overwhelmed by the number of choices, not to mention the price tag, of higher education. A great way to explore options-and learn about financial aid-with your teen is to attend the National College Fair, a free event to be held this Tuesday, March 13, from 4-8 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, in downtown Raleigh.
Get there early, if you can, as the event is popular. This is the second year that the fair will be in Raleigh, and 6,500 people are expected to attend. Admissions representatives from almost 200 colleges-from North Carolina and across the U.S.-will be on hand. You'll find free college planning workshops, including "Paying for College," "College Admissions for First Generation/Multicultural Students," and "Guide to Highly Selective Colleges." School counselors and financial aid counselors will also be there to answer your questions.
Having been to the fair, I have to say it's an excellent way for your teen to speak directly with folks from the colleges and universities and step up to ask those burning questions he or she might have. When I went last year, I discovered that talking with the reps helped my son narrow the field of colleges and universities that he wanted to visit or apply to. The promotional material on display at each booth also helped us understand which colleges were offering areas of study of interest and gain a sense of what extracurricular activities he might enjoy.
The fair is coordinated by a committee of educational professional volunteers, including school counselors and college admissions representatives, so you know they know what they're talking about. For more information and to pre-register, which students are encouraged to do, visit the college fair site.
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