College fair accepts some students on the spot

Mike DeNardo
December 01, 2018 - 4:00 am
The college fair at the School District of Philadelphia's headquarters included representatives from the 14 colleges in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Some Philly high school students on Monday had the chance to explore many college options in one place. 

The added bonus: college acceptance on the spot.  

The fair at the School District of Philadelphia's headquarters included representatives from the 14 colleges in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  

"Last week, I came to the (HBCU College Fair) and I got accepted to Morgan and I got accepted into Lincoln," said Aaliyah Simmons, a senior at Parkway Center City Middle College, "so I wanted to try my luck again and see if I could get accepted into somewhere else."

Staffers from the nonprofit College Possible helped guide some of the students through the process.  

"Those are students that are not going to elite universities, nor are they students that need remediation," explained College Possible Executive Director Jen Weikert. "So they are students that are squarely in the middle. 

"And we find that sometimes they need just a little extra push to get to college, and they're not always getting that from their school guidance counselor.  So we're there to be that extra push."

Students also received help with the all-important task of filling out their federal student aid forms.