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Birmingham National College Fair

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Nearly a month into the new school year and already thousands of high school students are thinking about college. On Sunday, long lines formed outside the BJCC as families made their way into the Birmingham National College Fair.

There were around 150 colleges and university representatives on hand. While Alabama schools were present, so were a lot of institutions from across the country and even abroad. Students could learn about a University in Rome, Italy. For some, this college fair might be the first of many to come.

Thousands of students scoped out their potential future at the Birmingham National College Fair. Gunnar Olson, Director of College Advising, says  "It's a very important step, the development of high schoolers beyond graduation" Step by step, students like 15-year-old Khalil Moss, could meet with recruiters from institutions near and far. "If I can get a clue where I want to go now, then I won't be as confused."

While seniors are applying for college now, younger students took advantage of some early school shopping. "It's never too early to start. I'm really focused on college in my household, I feel like it's never too early to start because they're just in 7th grade." Parents like Victoria Dowdell now know in advance what requirements are needed for her children to get into the school of their choice as well as the cost.

G.W. Carver High School Principal Darrell Hudson says "College has become very competitive, so has financial aid and if they can get a head start, then it gives them an opportunity to select the college or get into the college of their choice a little earlier.

This one stop shop for education, answering questions and helping students prepare for their future. Hudson says "The sooner they can do it, the better off they are."

Parents could also attend a session on financing for college. Organizers say this fair is very important because the early admission deadline for many colleges is November first, so the earlier students begin the application process, the better.

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