Minnesota Education Fairs
For Institutions and Admissions Representatives

MEFs are college fairs held in mid-fall and spring throughout Minnesota at high schools and other venues. They are a result of the collaborative work of MACAC, public and private postsecondary schools, and high schools. College representatives from postsecondary schools throughout the Midwest and other states attend to share information about their educational programs with students and parents. 

MEF ELIGIBILITY HAS CHANGED FOR 2017-18 Please read before proceeding! 

  • MEF participation and registration is limited to educational institutions and college- or university-affiliated ROTC programs that are 2017-18 MACAC Post-Secondary or Organizational members. JOIN or RENEW!
  • Registration is only open to Title IV eligible and accredited colleges, universities, other postsecondary institutions, or programs offering curricular study leading to a degree or diploma.  If you are unsure of your institutions eligibility, please contact MEF Tri-chair, Aaron Salasek, at asalasek@inverhills.edu
  • Representatives must adhere to the MEF Regulations and Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
  • Colleges and universities will be permitted to have alumni representatives present at college fairs. While the maximum number of people representing an intuition remains at two, one or both of these individuals may be alumni. It is the responsibility of the institution to adequately train the alumni representative(s) as outlined in the NACAC Alumni Guidelines manual. The alumni representative must also adhere to the NACAC Statement of Principles and Good Practices and all MEF Rules and Regulations. Any violations of the NACAC SPGP or MEF Rules and Regulations by the alumni representative(s) for an institution may result in that institution’s MEF contract being cancelled without a refund. 


Early Registration: $700
June 5 - July 31, 2017 (fall and spring fairs)
Early registration may be paid by check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover), with credit card payment made online at the time of registration. No POs will be accepted. Checks submitted for payment MUST be received by September 1 or the MEF contract will be canceled.

Late Registration: $900
August 1 - August 31, 2017 (fall and spring fairs)
November 1, 2017 - February 12, 2018 (
spring fairs only)
All late registrations submitted after August 1 must be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) at the time of registration. No POs will be accepted. Registration ends 9:45pm on August 31.

Lead Retrieval (Scanners) with gotocollegefairs.com
Lead retrieval allows institutions to scan a barcode containing student information at a college fair. Information is collected in an excel file that is easily downloaded into various databases. 
While there is no deadline to order your scanners and leads, it is highly recommended to order at the time of your registration for the MEFs.
View the representatives page at learn more about how the scanners work. Key Features and Benefits
Accurate information
Save time and money
Eliminate manual registration cards
No redundant data entry
Easily export data
Formatted data output                    
Reviews of Lead Retrieval

Ever wonder what your contract fee covers?      
The MEF Committee recognizes that the decision to offer a Minnesota Education Fair at a high school involves a financial responsibility on behalf of the site, and we share in the cost by allowing each site a maximum of $1300 in reimbursable expenses.  However, the $1300 is meant to be used judiciously – as site chairs, it is not to spend without care.  There are “admissible” and “non-admissible” expense guidelines.  Food expense is capped at $300; the other expenses are suggested ranges based on past site reports.  Some suggested expense guidelines that are given to the site chairs are included below:

Light Snacks for Representative Hospitality Room – not a full meal (drinks, cookies, chips): $350 maximum allowed – can solicit donations or work
with Volunteer Groups to bring items
Table/Chair Rental: $500 - $800
Printing – in house, no professional services: $150 - $250
Advertising: $150 - $250
Postage – use other options than direct mail.  1800 flyers at 42 cents = $756!       
Room Rental Varies – look for free space
Custodial Fees Varies – try to avoid overtime
Busing   Varies – not needed at many sites
Misc. Supplies – tape, poster board, etc: $25


Contact Us

MEF Committee Tri-Chairs:

Aaron SalasekInver Hills CC
Kate Tamm ,  SMSU
Jessica Scott ,  MCAD

Member Services Coordinator
Liz Hayes
MACAC Member Services Coordinator

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