Education fair helps students sift through all of the options

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- If you're a parent of a high school senior, now is the time to start thinking about what comes after high school.

“I’m still not exactly sure what I want to do but I definitely know I want to do something,” North High school senior Bryan Klocek said.

Looking to the future high school seniors have a lot of decisions to make, but with so many options out there, that decision can be hard.

Colleges say now is the time for parents and students to get the ball rolling on the future.

“Seniors, right now you want to think about applying. For UW schools, we started accepting applications a month ago,” UW-Eau Claire Admissions counselor Jason Mathwig said.

With application deadlines in the air, the question of paying for higher education is on a lot of parent’s minds.

Becky Lasure with the UW-Eau Claire Financial Aid Office says parents of future college students should file taxes as soon as possible to meet the federal financial aid application deadline. She adds that federal financial aid isn’t the only option for paying for school.

“Students really need to be applying for scholarships and they should be doing that as soon as their junior year because scholarships are out there,” Lasure said.

For parent David Bockin cost is a factor but he says he wants his daughter Mariah to get a well rounded education.

“It is a big decision and we are excited about that but we also want her to enjoy her last years of high school too,” Bockin said.

The education fair will be held again Wednesday morning at Zorn Arena at UW-Eau Claire from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

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