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Gladewater students visit virtual campuses

By Christina Lane
Oct. 29, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Some Gladewater High School students had the opportunity to visit dozens of colleges throughout the state Monday with the help of technology.

Through a virtual college day, students were able to visit with representatives from a variety of colleges, such as Abilene Christian University, Midwestern State University, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Tyler.

Juniors who rank in the top 20 percent of their class had the opportunity to participate, counselor Dawn Kirkindoll said.

"A lot of our juniors are hearing this information for the first time," Kirkindoll said.

Information about the virtual college day came from Region 7 Education Service Center, and Kirkindoll said the campus jumped at the opportunity to participate and allow their students to learn about college admission requirements, academics and student life.

"Seniors have an idea of what they're going to do at this point," high school counselor Leslie Willeford said. "Juniors who learn this information will be able to take dual credit courses and prepare for the financial costs. Some of them have been very surprised about the price."

Kilgore College Financial Aid Director Annette Morgan and assistant director Jackie Kelley provided students with information about applying for scholarships, grants and loans for college.

"The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens the door to financial aid," Morgan said. "That is free money for your college education."

During breaks, students had the opportunity to ask the counselors and financial aid directors questions about college.

"It's never too early to start planning for college," Kirkindoll said.



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