Springfield National College Fair
***Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the Springfield College Fair has been cancelled. Please visit nacacnet.org for more information.***
Colleges are Eager to Meet High School Students
Although high school students may be stuck inside their homes, college admissions offices are anxious to connect with sophomores, juniors and even some seniors who are looking toward postsecondary education.
Almost every college has sent their students home for the semester but the admissions staff at each school is working hard to make their school accessible to future candidates. Colleges want students to contact them now.
While students are adapting to learning online via video conferencing, they should continue to prepare for what happens after graduation. In addition to watching their instructors and perhaps speaking with teachers online, students should also take this opportunity to reach out to their college counselors. Like teachers, guidance office personnel are working remotely to make sure students have the tools they need to search for the right college.
Whether a student is thinking about a community college vs. a four-year college, public vs. private, in-state vs. out-of state, a career in the military, a gap year, or getting a job after high school, now is the time to start preparing for the future.
A Virtual Reality
A majority of in person visits and open house events have been cancelled, but many colleges provide a virtual tour of their campus. Most schools also offer an opportunity for students to have an online chat with an admissions officer. Colleges will also strongly encourage you to join them for a virtual event or speak with a representative via phone or email. Admissions offices may even allow you to set up a time for an official interview.
Students and parents may visit multiple campuses using these links:
For students who may wish to connect with multiple schools at once, a virtual college fair is taking place the week of April 20. Students may visit www.strivescan.com to register for this online event.
Many recruiting stations have been closed for personal visits, but are still available to discuss your future in the military. You may ask a recruiter about education programs such as R.O.T.C., the military academies, the Post 9/11-GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Serving in the military is not only an honor but can be a great way to finance your education.
Test Dates for ACT, SAT and AP’s
As of publication date, students registered to take the April 4 ACT, will be allowed to sit for the ACT on June 13 or a later date. For updates, visit www.act.org
The SAT scheduled for May 2 and June 6 have both been cancelled. The College Board, who administers the SAT is looking to add a date in September. For updates, visit www.collegeboard.org.
For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule and specific free-response question types will be available by April 3.
Financial Aid Information
Massachusetts Financial Aid
Massachusetts student financial aid is available to help pay for college. Click below for information on grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, loans, and loan forgiveness programs in Massachusetts.