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Students take part in free college application day

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Over one hundred students at the Academy for Technology and Academics took part in College Application day.

Representatives from colleges not limited to, Francis Marion University, Rutgers University, Coastal Carolina University, and Coker College, were on hand to answer students questions.

Many colleges involved in the events waived their academic fees. College application fees usually range from $30 to $60.

ATA Guidance Counselor Gary Tripp says having admissions counselors on site is a benefit for students.

"They get to meet with admissions counselors and talk to them one on one individually," he says. "Then they become interested in a program that they didn't know maybe was offered at that school, so it's a tremendous benefit for all of them."

The entire day, between 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. was put aside to help students apply to college.

South Carolina is below the national average when it comes to adults with professional degrees.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Department of Education declared October 2013 as College Application Month.

College application day is part of this state wide initiative in which schools have the option to set aside a day during the month to focus on students' academic futures.

Over three thousand students in the Waccamaw region will take part in the initiative.

For more information you can visit the SC Commission on Higher Education's website: http://www.sccango.org/college-application-week-for-educators.html

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