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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much do tickets cost?
All NACAC National College Fair programming is free and open to the public.

Do you have to register online before attending the fair? Or can you show up at the door?
Pre-registration is not required but is strongly encouraged.  You may go to www.gotomyncf.com and register to get your barcode. You may also register using your smartphone. Computers will be available onsite for attendees to register the day of the fair and print their barcode.  

I registered but can’t find my barcode. What do I do? 
You may go to www.gotomyncf.com and click “Reprint Barcode/Edit Profile.”  You will be asked to enter the username and password that you created when you first registered.

Do parents have to register for the fair?
Parents/Guardians are not required to register for the fair.

Is there an age restriction for attendees/registrants?
No. The fair is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

My child is a freshman. Can he still go?
NACAC encourages prospective college students to attend National College Fairs regardless of age.   It does not hurt to start early!  But make sure to review our tips on Making the Most of Your Visit to the National College Fair!

Why is this taking place on a weekday?
NACAC works closely with school districts to allow for weekday fair hours in order for students to attend the fair during school hours with chaperones. However, NACAC does attempt to offer evening or weekend hours, as well, so that parents and students may attend after school/work.

What schools will be at the fair?
You can find the list of colleges and universities attending a particular fair by visiting the fair-specific page. Please visit www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/ and click the “Fair Details” button for the fair that you wish to attend. Then click “List of Participating Schools.”

Where can I find a map of the fair?
A locator guide that includes a map of the exhibit hall and locations of each school will be passed out when you enter the fair. We also attempt to post the locator guide pdf on the fair-specific page close to the fair date. Please visit www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/ and click the “Fair Details” button for the fair that you wish to attend. Then look for the “Onsite Locator Guide.”

Is parking free?
Parking cost and availability is going to vary at each National College Fair. You may find more information by visiting the fair-specific page. Please visit www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/ and click the “Fair Details” button for the fair that you wish to attend. 

Are these fairs offered more than once a year?
Other than Honolulu, HI, which is held in the Spring and the Fall each year, National College Fairs are held once per year. They are typically held around the same time each year, but dates do vary based on school calendars, testing dates, holidays and venue availability. If you have a specific question about a date, please email us.

Will workshops be offered at the fair?
Informational workshops are offered at most, but not all, of our National College Fairs.  Workshops may cover topics such as Financial Aid, Writing the College Essay or the College Admission Process, to give a few examples.  They typically run 30 to 45 minutes in length. Workshop information is posted on the fair-specific page.   Please visit www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/ and click the “Fair Details” button for the fair that you wish to attend. Then scroll down and click the “Workshop Information” tab.

I have a specific major in mind. How do I know what schools offer that major that will be attending the fair?
Please visit the College Advising Center when you arrive at the fair (it is the large, red-draped area, typically located in the middle of the exhibit hall). Local counselors will be able to help you identify some schools that offer your major and that are in attendance at the fair.

I am interested in continuing my education as an adult learner.  May I attend the NCF?
NACAC encourages prospective college students to attend National College Fairs regardless of age.   Some National College Fairs may have additional resources, such as workshops and representatives in the college advising center, that may be able to further assist you in your college search.   If you have a specific question about a fair, please email us.  Also, please refer to our Tips for Adults Returning to College.

I am a veteran.  Are there any resources available at the fair for me?Some National College Fairs may have additional resources, such as workshops and representatives in the college advising center, that may be able to further assist you in your college search as a veteran. If you have a specific question about a fair, please email us. Also, please refer to our Navigating the College Search and Selection Process as a Veteran page for additional information.  

Do you have a poster for your event?
Poster (in both English and Spanish) and postcard pdfs may be found by visiting the fair-specific page.   Please visit www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/ and click the “Fair Details” button for the fair that you wish to attend. Then scroll down and click the “Promote this Fair!” tab.

If your question is not answered above, please email us directly.