Latino College Fair

What
Latino College Fair
When
3/16/2019, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM

THE 29TH ANNUAL LATINO COLLEGE EXPO & LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

"Education is the Key to the Future"





About the LATINO COLLEGE EXPO (12:00PM-3:00PM)

The Latino College Expo (LCE) is your gateway to meeting admissions representatives from over 50 public and private colleges, universities and community based organizations. Founded in 1990, LCE's mission has been to "elevate the educational aspirations of the Latino community and all youth".

What makes this event so unique and groundbreaking is the focus on building a stronger partnership between a student and his/her parents, guardians and counselors. When those partnerships are strengthened and realized, the daunting process of finding and affording college will be minimized and its outcome will be maximized.

You are also welcome to the Leadership Summit prior to the Expo in order to hear information and engage in discussions on various topics that will help prepare you for the college search process. (See below for more info)



About the LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (9:00AM - 12:00PM)

(Seating is limited and pre-registration is highly recommended.

Please read the following and Seminar descriptions below.)

The goal of the LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is to encourage all high school students, parents/guardians, counselors, and community-based organizations to participate in various seminars for college preparation prior to attending, and during, the 29th Annual Latino College Expo.

As you exchange thoughts and ideas to learn about effective academic and leadership strategies to implement at your high schools and carry on to college when you enroll, students can expect to be energized, challenged, and empowered. You will also have an opportunity to learn about topics that are significant to you. In addition, you will have the chance to meet with representatives from many universities. You will also have the opportunity to meet with community based agencies that provide college preparation services and scholarship information.

Best of all, you will be able to broaden your network with students from other high schools and/or other programs. The information gathered during the LEADERSHIP SUMMIT will certainly provide valuable tools and knowledge as you begin the college exploration process.

You will be able to participate in two sessions and select one choice for each session. When you register, please indicate your preferences. It is imperative that each registration is individually done and that you select your seminar choices.

Doors open at 8:30am on Saturday, March 16th.

The LEADERSHIP SUMMIT begins promptly at 9:00AM.

This event will surely leave you inspired and provide you with the "KEYS" to your future.

After attending the LEADERSHIP SUMMIT you will walk out feeling better prepared to enjoy the LATINO COLLEGE EXPO. Be the most knowledgeable consumer you can possibly be as you navigate through your college decision making journey. Make the choices and matches that are right for you and your family.

During the Registration Process you will be asked to select which seminar you'd like to attend per session. Only 1 (one) choice per session is allowed.

PLEASE NOTE - Students, Parents, Guardians and Counselors must register separately.

Please email the organizer for any questions.



***** LEADERSHIP SUMMIT SEMINARS 2019 *****



1. THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Attendees will learn about the commitments and benefits of college life. Hear on a variety of topics such as balancing your schedule, academic demands, athletics, extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, Greek life, social life, GLBTQ and multicultural organizations, taking care of your health, avoiding the “Freshman 15”, staying home vs. going away, living on and off campus, studying abroad and some other unique aspects college life has to offer. Engage in Q&A with current college students and recent graduates to find out some “inside info” on college life.



2. "FREE MONEY" - Accessing Grants & Scholarships

Applying to college can be intimidating, confusing and expensive. This session will address the essentials of applying to college, from crafting competitive applications to completing financial aid paperwork. Participants will also learn how to research and access various types of funds to pay for college. There are millions of dollars that go unclaimed by prospective students. This info session will cover information on opportunity programs, grants and scholarships at the city, state and national levels. Resources will be shared such as websites, organizations and strategies to apply and obtain as much “free money” as possible to help make college affordable and more attainable.



3. CHOOSING A MAJOR & LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Has so much focus and fuss on choosing and applying to colleges got you stressed? Not sure what to major in? Wondering what happens after college? This info session will give you an opportunity to ask professionals from the fields of Media, STEAM, Law, Medicine, Finance, Entrepreneurship and others all you want to know. They will share their personal journeys since graduating from college. Find out what colleges they attended, when they decided their majors, the career paths they chose, how they stayed connected to their schools, communities and more to get to where they are today.



4. ADMISSIONS BASICS & KEY THINGS TO KNOW

What comes first? Knowing the schools you want to go to or taking the SAT or ACT? It all depends on a few key factors. Knowing when to start on the college process and taking specific steps will help to alleviate as much unnecessary stress as possible. How should researching schools be done? When is the best time to visit? What are schools really looking for? How important are the standardized tests vs. no test at all? These questions will be addressed along with preparing a portfolio, interviewing, essay writing, letters of recommendation, deadlines, handling stress, things that make you stand out, public vs. private institutions, opportunity programs (EOP, HEOP Seek/CD ...) , 2-Year options, the Transfer process, taking a Gap year successfully and more. Hear first hand from college admissions represenatives who are the experts on the inside info and key things to know about admissions.



5. FILING THE F.A.F.S.A. - Getting it Done Right for the Best Financial Aid Package

Understand how to file the new F.A.F.S.A. (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if applying for financial aid. There will be a comprehensive overview of loans, grants and scholarships as well as various New York state and nationwide opportunity programs. Making and securing the right college choice is critical. The more students, parents/guardians and counselors are aware and involved during the application process, the greater success they will attain. This info session will consist of valuable information presented by the Higher Educational Services of New York State (HESC).



6. THE CSS PROFILE - Accessing The Most Money Possible from Private Colleges & Universities
Why should you complete the CSS Profile? Each year CSS Profile unlocks access to grant aid in excess of $9 billion for thousands of students. CSS Profile enables colleges and universities to see a true picture of a family’s financial need and supports the mission of making college affordable. Multiple resources are available to assist you on your path to and through college. This financial aid service provided by the College Board is here to help you along the way.

7. Writing the Right Essay

Many students have similar grades, test scores, and even extra-curricular activities, so how do you distinguish yourself from other applicants? By writing a stand-out personal essay! An exceptional college essay is a great way to show admissions officers your depth and personality. The Common Application offers six different prompts, ranging from a problem you’d like to solve to an essential story about your background. Many colleges also require supplemental essays which are shorter responses that are specific to a particular school. Writing about yourself is daunting. You'll walk away from his seminar with strategies

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