MCPS College and Career Centers receive information regarding special programs for high school students and families in the Washington Metropolitan area. While some of these events and materials may not be sponsored or endorsed by the Board of Education of Montgomery County, the superintendent, or your school, we encourage students and families to explore the opportunities below and to take advantage of these worthwhile events and programs.
Dates and times will be posted as they become available.
MCPS College and Financial Workshop
Information about preparing for college and financial aid
Financial Aid Nights
Financial aid workshops for high school students and their families.
September 23, 2019 — 7-9 pm — Montgomery College Rockville Campus
September 30, 2019 — 7-9 pm — Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
October 7, 2019 — 7-9 pm — Montgomery College Germantown Campus
Free tips on how to prepare for the college admissions process, how to get into the college of your choice, and how to pay tuition with multiple resources.
September 15, 2019 — 9:50 am-2:30 pm
Richard Montgomery High School
Free help completing the Free Federal Student Aid Application
November 2, 2019 — 12-3 pm
Montgomery College Rockville Campus
USG Undergraduate Expo
Explore the pathways to degree programs and career fields
November 2, 2019 — 9 am-12 pm
The Universities at Shady Grove, Gaithersburg, MD
Pathways to College
Meet college representatives from UM, USG and MC
College and Career Fair
Admissions and scholarship opportunities
12th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair
Black College Expo
NACAC College Fair
Parents and students participating in National College Fairs meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and financial aid opportunities at the their respective institutions. Register before the fair to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you. Upon arrival at the fair, pick up a map to find your best-fitting colleges. Counselors will be available onsite to help you determine the colleges that meet your requirements regarding major, location, and other areas of interest.
Washington DC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair*
November 3, 2019 — 1-3:30 pm
Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Baltimore National College Fair
October 21, 2019 — 9 am-12 pm and 6:30-8:30 pm
October 22, 2019 — 9-11:30 am
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
Greater Washington DC National College Fair
October 27, 2019 — 1-4 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
*The Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs are designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines. Held each fall, attendees learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements, and much more by meeting with representatives from colleges, universities, conservatories, festivals, and other educational institutions with specialized programs in the visual and performing arts.
Take A Campus Visit Online
Although a website can never replace an actual campus tour, an online campus visit can start your college exploration and help you make decisions about what you’re looking for in a college. A typical online tour will take students and their families through 360 degree panoramic views of the college and many other surrounding areas of interest. This no-cost visit can help narrow down the list of colleges you want to visit in person.
College Fly-In and Diversity Programs
College fly-in programs offer high achieving seniors an opportunity to visit the college campus and try the college experience. Programs are 2 to 3 day college tours and are generally offered for low income students, underrepresented minority students, and/or first generation college students. The colleges often cover all transportation, food, and housing costs for the students. During the visit, students generally meet with admission and financial representatives, sleep in dorms with student hosts, attend classes, chat with current students from similar backgrounds, talk with professors, and eat in the dining halls. Most programs for prospective students occur in September or October to give students time to visit before they submit applications. Fly-in programs are competitive — students must apply and show they are academically qualified to attend. Many colleges will have fly-in program information on their websites and start accepting applications in the summer.
Maryland Student Page Program
Seniors who are at least 16 years old and are legal residents of the State of Maryland are eligible to apply for the student page program at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD. Exhibit an interest in state government and history, have a social security number, an average or above average scholastic record, a record of good conduct (be competent, reliable and courteous) are qualities considered. For additional information, contact Mrs. Shella Cherry, Student Leadership Coordinator, at 240-314-1039 or Shella_B_Cherry@mcpsmd.org.
Students Seeking Employment
Many students choose to balance their academics and community service with part-time, paid jobs. To become familiar with federal regulations dictating restrictions on working teenagers, visit the Department of Labor Website. For help with job readiness, job placement and retention skills, check out Snag, Glassdoor or Student Jobs with the Federal Government.
The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Programs offer the first 64 to 68 credits of a four-year bachelor's degree and teacher certification, and are fully articulated with the public colleges and universities in the state of Maryland. Students in the program fulfill their General Education requirements, participate in fieldwork experiences, and complete a core of professional education coursework appropriate for the first two years of teacher preparation.