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'Transfer Day' Offers Help to Community College Students

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Students, parents and teachers can pick up information on requirements and financial aid during "College: Making It Happen" day Feb. 26 at the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center at Cal State San Bernardino.

The free event takes place from 6-8 p.m. "College: Making It Happen," sponsored by the CSUSB admissions and student recruitment office, seeks mainly to motivate and educate parents, teachers and counselors about the requirements needed to enter college so that they can in turn educate and prepare students at the middle and high school levels.

Financial aid information also will be provided at the event. Representatives from California State University and University of California schools, private universities and community colleges will be at the event.

Ramiro Porras, an admissions counselor at CSUSB, says that there is a very low college attendance rate currently in the Inland Empire. He adds that the event's goal is to provide students in San Bernardino and Riverside counties with the information on how to get into college and also how to pay for it. College representatives, admission representatives, educators and counselors at the event are working to create a culture in the Inland Empire that emphasizes the importance of a college education.

In addition, students at community colleges can learn more about how to transfer to Cal State San Bernardino when the campus hosts Transfer Day 2004, Feb. 28 in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center.

The free event takes place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Transfer Day, sponsored by the CSUSB admissions and student recruitment office, invites students to learn more about transfer requirements and financial aid. Students can also speak with faculty from their major and participate in a student services fair where they can talk to staff from the Educational Opportunity Program. Tours of the campus also are available.

Current transfer rates indicate that it is difficult for many students to move from two-year colleges to four-year universities. The event's purpose is to help students understand and ease the process of transferring.

Instant admission into CSUSB is available to students who qualify if the student calls and schedules an appointment in advance. He or she will need to complete an admission application and provide official transcripts and $55 for the application fee.

Free parking is available in Lot "D." Those interested in attending Transfer Day must call and reserve a spot by Feb. 20. For more information, contact CSUSB admissions and student recruitment at (909) 880-5188 or e-mail at tours@csusb.edu.

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