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WVU Extension To Hold College Prep Weekend For High Schoolers

A long-distance image shows downtown Morgantown through the leaves of a tree. Nestled within verdant green, rolling hills are several red-brick buildings.
West Virginia University campus.
Courtesy of WVU

High school juniors and seniors interested in attending West Virginia University will have a unique opportunity to prepare this spring. 

West Virginia University Extension is hosting a free, family-friendly college preparation event at WVU Jackson’s Mill March 1-3. Called “Let’s Go Weekend,” students will participate in guided workshops to prepare for and complete the FAFSA, Promise Scholarship application and other scholarship opportunities. Attendees also will get the opportunity to apply to WVU and have their application fee waived.

Rachel Meininger, the director of recruitment for WVU Extension, said the event aims to address a need for West Virginia students interested in attending WVU and other colleges.

“One of the things that we had seen in talking with our youth is that there is a lack of knowledge for some of our rising juniors and seniors who are getting ready for that post-secondary transition and sort of wanting to help fill in some of those learning gaps,” she said.

Beyond financial topics, Meininger said other workshops will focus on aspects of college life “like how to cook in your dorm, and how to make friends and some of that social student life aspect.” She said the weekend will be helpful for many students, especially first generation students who have not had a parent or a family member go through the application and college process before.

“It’s really just the best way to come together and get a sense of community, meet some families and students who are looking at that same transitions and struggles that you’re facing and come together and learn in person in small groups,” Meininger said.

There are 50 spots for the “Let’s Go Weekend.” Registration is now open and will close on Feb. 14.

WVU Extension offers more college resources, including online FAFSA resources and cost estimations. 

“This is just one of the offers that we have,” Meininger said. “A lot of our county 4-H agents also are working with their local school districts and their 4-H to help kids gain these types of soft skills to prepare them for college prep, job and career readiness entry.”