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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- On the day before spring break began, about 4,000 high school juniors were getting started on another journey - finding the right college. They attended the West Michigan National College Fair at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.
Danielle Ralston, a guidance counselor at Grand Rapids City High and Middle School, is one of the conference organizers. She said attendance was up with more schools sending students from distances far from Grand Rapids.
"I think this is showing us that families are really looking at the cost of college, matching the college to the student and really doing their research so that it's a well thought out decision," she told WZZM 13.
Tim Brandt, a City High Junior, was interested in learning more about the engineering programs at Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan. "At first the idea of college was a bit daunting, but after talking to these colleges, I feel like it's just as easy as high school, or not as stressful, which makes the idea of college even more appealing," said Brandt.
Financial aid counselors on hand stressed the best way for a student to receive that aid is to achieve the best grades and highest test scores possible.