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College Fair - Colleges in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
  • University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • Marquette University
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Marian University
  • Lawrence University
  • Viterbo University
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Northland College
  • St. Norbert College
  • Lakeland College
  • Edgewood College
  • George Williams College of Aurora University
  • Alverno College
  • Ripon College
  • University of Kansas
  • Mount Mary University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Silver Lake College of the Holy Family
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Wisconsin Air National Guard
  • Empire Beauty School
Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Hamline University
Indiana
  • Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Iowa
  • Drake University
Michigan
  • Northern Michigan University
Alabama
  • University of Alabama

This is the final list of colleges that will be in attendance.

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Opening Session Be Social Media Savvy - How to use social media to your advantage in the college search process. You already have the tools.

Presented by: Katie Pope, Marquette University Admission Counselor

More and more colleges are entering the social media realm trying to figure out the best way to reach their prospective students. Facebook. Twitter. Tumblr. Pinterest. Instagram. Foursquare. The list is becoming endless. Knowing where to find the schools you are interested in can seem overwhelming.

The good news is that schools are increasing their visibility across all platforms and focusing less on what social media platform a school is using and more on the content you find there will help to empower you in your college search. Your everyday social media skillset can help you find a school that is the perfect "fit."

Students today are the experts. This presentation will give you the tips and tricks needed for honing those skills and applying them to the traditional college search and decision process. #findyourfit

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Session IA and IIC ACT/SAT Test Prep

Presented by: Kreigh Knerr - Knerr Learning Center

Is the ACT giving you the blues? This workshop will address the most common questions students and parents have about college entrance exams: whether you should take ACT or SAT, when you should take each test, how many times you should take a test, and the various ways you can prepare.

After unpacking the core elements of the ACT and SAT testing process, Kreigh will answer questions from parents and students. A standardized test researcher and consultant, Kreigh has improved the ACT and SAT scores of thousands of students worldwide. He also created QuotEd Reading Comprehension and QuotEd ACT Science, the top mobile apps recommended by ACT and SAT tutors. Kreigh is a frequent guest on Milwaukee Public Radio and speaks nationally on ACT and SAT prep.

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Session IB Public, Private, or Technical - What is the Right Fit for You?

Linda Barrett - University of Wisconsin HELP; Mark Navarro, Director of Outreach, Wisconsin Association for Independent Colleges and Universities; Wisconsin’s Private, Non-Profit Colleges; Erin Cherney, WCTC Recruitment Coordinator-High Schools; Manuel Santos, WCTC Recruitment Coordinator – Diversity

Do you prefer public or private, large or small, or maybe a technical school is for you. These are all choices you have to make when considering college. An expert panel will discuss the distinct differences between public, private and technical schools.

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Session IC and IIB College Essay Writing

Presented by: Presented by: Gia P. Euler-Plath - Admission Counselor/Multicultural Initiatives, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Latrice Harris-Collins – Assistant Dean/Multicultural Community Outreach Coordinator, Marquette University

Tips and secrets for writing strong application essays and submitting applications that will get you noticed. Learn how to make your college application and essay a strong representation of all your best qualities and achievements.

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Session ID and IIIA How to Get Financial Aid to Work for You

Presented by: Brad Baldridge, CFP®, Baldridge College Solutions, LLC

This session will go beyond the basics and provide useful information on the financial aid process and how it all works! We will discuss:

  • Sources of Financial Aid
  • When & how to apply for aid
  • Strategies to get the maximum amount of aid
  • Best practices when filling out the FAFSA
  • What you should and should NOT do before applying for aid
  • Why parents of juniors and sophomores need to plan ahead

Brad Baldridge, CFP®, is a College Funding Consultant specializing in late stage college funding planning. He provides customized planning using the latest financial aid, tax, cash flow and academic strategies. With these strategies, Brad may help a family save a significant amount of money on their college expenses and make their college dream a reality. Brad's goal is to help a family save time, save money and reduce stress in the college planning process.

Brad is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional and a member of the local and national chapters of the Financial Planning Association. Brad received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1990.

www.BaldridgeCollegeSolutions.com

Registered Representative, Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisor Representative, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Baldridge Wealth Management and Baldridge College Solutions are affiliated. Cambridge and the Baldridge companies are not affiliated. Registered branch located at 10521 W. Layton Avenue, Suite 200, Greenfield, WI 53228. 02-14

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Session IE Exploring College Majors

Presented by: Chandar Robertson - College Access Advisor, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

This session will show students how to connect what they currently enjoy with a college major and what they might do in the future.

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Session IF and IIG Scholarships 101! Jumpstart to Success

Presented by: Kim Stezala, The Scholarship Lady℠

Are you wondering if you are scholarship material? Do you want a competitive edge as you apply for private scholarships? This introductory session delivers street smart advice on how to approach the scholarship process like a pro. Families will get the facts, learn the best scholarship tactics and review the six most common mistakes. Bring your burning questions and The Scholarship Lady will answer them! Students at every grade level will gain a competitive edge as they head back to school with a jumpstart toward scholarship success. Note: We will focus on non-athletic scholarships.

Kimberly Stezala, The Scholarship Lady℠, has devoted nearly fifteen years to helping students achieve their educational goals. She was founder of Wisconsin’s first online scholarship search engine and director of a precollege program. Her professional experiences have granted her an insiders view of the scholarship world and her goal is to connect the people who have the money with the people who need the money.

Ms. Stezala shares her straightforward and savvy advice as owner and blogger at www.scholarshipstreet.com and author of Scholarships 101: The Real-World Guide to Getting Cash for College. She has been a guest speaker at the National Scholarship Providers Association, the National College Access Network and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Most recently, she appeared on Fox 6 Wakeup News and WTMJ-4’s Morning Blend talk show.

Beyond scholarships, she is the President of Stezala Consulting, LLC, a company that helps education, community and charitable organizations to create, improve and expand their programs.

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Session IIA Beyond Financial Aid! More Great Strategies to Reduce Your College Costs!

Presented by: Brad Baldridge, CFP®, Baldridge College Solutions, LLC

This session offers many tips and techniques that may save you thousands of dollars even if your family does not qualify for need-based financial aid. You will learn:

  • How to use tax planning so the IRS can help pay for your college expenses
  • How to reduce your out-of-pocket college expenses
  • Great strategies to use in your freshman, sophomore and junior years
  • How to maximize the aid from the colleges
  • How to attend a private college for less

Brad Baldridge, CFP®, is a College Funding Consultant specializing in late stage college funding planning. He provides customized planning using the latest financial aid, tax, cash flow and academic strategies. With these strategies, Brad may help a family save a significant amount of money on their college expenses and make their college dream a reality. Brad's goal is to help a family save time, save money and reduce stress in the college planning process.

Brad is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional and a member of the local and national chapters of the Financial Planning Association. Brad received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1990.

www.BaldridgeCollegeSolutions.com

Registered Representative, Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisor Representative, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Baldridge Wealth Management and Baldridge College Solutions are affiliated. Cambridge and the Baldridge companies are not affiliated. Registered branch located at 10521 W. Layton Avenue, Suite 200, Greenfield, WI 53228. 02-14

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Session IID How to Make the Most of Your Campus Visit

Presented by: Sarah Blake - Assistant Director/Office of Undergraduate Admissions Cardinal Stritch University and Lindsay Barbeau, Admission Counselor, UW Parkside

Researching college websites is a great way to start checking out what schools have to offer. But how do you decide which school is the right "fit" for you? That’s where the importance of a campus visit comes in. Campus visits provide the opportunity for incoming students to get a good "feel" of what that school has to offer. During this session, admission counselors from both private and public universities will talk about how to schedule your visit, what questions to ask, the best time to schedule, how to prepare ahead of time and other ways to make the most of your campus visit!

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Session IIE Plan Your Collegeland Adventure Early

Presented by: Chandar Robertson - College Access Advisor, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

  • This session takes an early look at what it takes to get to college and covers what students can start doing now to prepare for college.
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Session IIF and IIIB Learning How to Apply for Financial Aid

Presented by: Kari Gribble - Director of Financial Aid, Edgewood College

This program will start at the beginning and show you the basics of what financial aid is and how to apply for it. No matter what you think you know about aid, this session will teach you how to make it work for you. Topics will include:

  • The financial aid application process
  • The federal grant and loan programs
  • How to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
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Session IIIC Navigating through the Admission Process for First Generation Students

Presented by: Joel Buschmann - Transfer and Adult Student Admissions Representative, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

This session will assist first generation students and their families on all the important steps to starting college. Presenters will discuss how students can choose a school that is the right fit, the application process, academic preparation and how to apply for scholarships/financial aid. Great session for those who feel overwhelmed with the whole college admission process.

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Session IIID Freshman Year & Beyond: What to expect during college (everything you want to know, but are afraid to ask!)

Presented by: Students from local colleges, universities & technical schools

A panel of real college students will talk about the mysterious world of college. The classes, the studying, the ways to get involved, and even the ability to study in another country!

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Session IIIE Finding the Right College for You

Presented by: Chandar Roberston - College Access Advisor, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

This session helps students think about what characteristics of a college are important to them to ensure they find an environment that sets them up for success.

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