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Nearly 225 colleges represented at fair

12 p.m. BUFFALO -- The cost of higher education continues to be a concern for high school students checking out their options today at the 2010 Spring Buffalo National College Fair.

"They're concerned about how they're going to pay for college and the cost of college, especially with today's economy," said Annemarie Cervoni, a counselor at Orchard Park High School. "We see a number of our students are applying to SUNY schools more so than in the past to make sure they have an option for a college that doesn't have quite the sticker tag that some of the more competitive, private schools might have."

Thousands of students are expected to attend the college fair today and Wednesday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The fair is free and open to the public. Bus loads of students arrived this morning from area schools.

An evening session from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tonight will give students and their families the chance to talk to admission representatives and learn the ins and outs of applying for financial aid.

Workshops tonight will run in two sessions from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and from 7:40 to 8:10 p.m. tonight.

Session 1 workshops include information on the ACT and SAT, financial aid, college athletics, choosing the right college and transferring credits from a two-year college to a four-year college. Session 2 workshops include information on the ACT and SAT, financial aid, residence life, choosing the right college, writing your college essay and transferring credits.

The fair will continue from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Hear what students are focused this year in this video:

-- Denise Jewell Gee

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