Southwestern Illinois College

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Belleville Campus Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL, 62221

High School students and community college transfer students can meet with more than 100 colleges and universities and attend financial aid and transfer planning workshops.

College Fair: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Financial Aid Workshops: 1:45-2:15 p.m. and 2:45-3:15 p.m.
FAFSA Completion Assistance: 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Walk-in)
Transfer Planning Workshop: 2:15-2:45 p.m.

Free and open to the community
It’s free to attend, but save time by registering in advance at

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College Fair Resources and Tips

  • Review college catalogs in your high school guidance office or visit the college websites before the fair. Develop questions to ask the representative at the fair.
  • Select your “must see” colleges in priority order. Allocate time at the fair to speak with each one.
  • Attend workshops on Financial Aid and Transfer Planning, if applicable to your college needs.
  • Visit out-of-area colleges first. Take the opportunity to learn about colleges new to you and colleges that are further away to visit. Talk to local colleges later in the fair when the lines are shorter.
  • Pick up business cards of the admissions representative or handouts and jot notes on the back for follow-up later.
  • NACAC Student and Parent College Planning Resources
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • College Board

2019 Attending Colleges and Universities

Updated: 2/14/2019

Financial Aid Workshops

1:45-2:15 p.m. OR
2:45-3:15 p.m.

MC Theatre/Second Floor

Financial Aid 101 – Types, Qualifications, & Processes
Students and families will learn about the financial aid process and the steps to maximize and simplify the financial aid process. Open to all students and families.


1:30-3:30 p.m. (Walk-in)
Cyber Lounge/First Floor
Presented by FA/PALS Staff


FAFSA Financial Aid Application Assistance
Parents and high school senior students are invited to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online with the assistance from SWIC Financial Aid staff. Families will need to bring their completed 2016 tax returns (student & parent), W-2’s, 1099’s, documentation of Social Security Benefits, and other untaxed income from 2016 and will need to know the student’s SSN.

Transfer Planning Workshop

2:15-2:45 p.m.
MC Theater/Second Floor

Tips and Tools for Transfer Success Workshop
Are you a high school student considering attending SWIC before transferring to a four-year university?

Are you a SWIC college student planning to transfer?

Learn about the steps to transferring, course transferability, cost savings, application processes, deadlines, financial aid/scholarships and more.

About the Fair

Institutions wishing to participate may register here:  St. Louis Metro East Baccalaureate College Fair

College Fair Committee

Katie Doughty (On-site Coordinator), Southwestern Illinois College * Sara Fox (co-chair), Southwestern Illinois College * Kathy Wuller, Althoff Catholic High School * Merle Wilder, Belleville East High School * Ashley Cryder, Belleville West High School * Jason Corey, Collinsville High School * Carla Eliff, Collinsville High School *  Renee Kurtz, Collinsville High School * Kathleen Kelley, Columbia High School * Anne Meinert, Freeburg High School * Mary Jackson, Highland High School * Jeanette Schorfheide, Lebanon High School * Keimia Parham, Southwestern Illinois College * Heidi Houchins, Triad High School * Kathy Schmidt, Waterloo High School 
The College Fair is coordinated by the SWIC Academic Advising/Admissions Departments in partnership with the College Fair Committee. The Fair is sponsored in conjunction with the Illinois Association for College Admissions Counselors (IACAC) and is part of the statewide Illinois Regional College Fairs (IRCF).