Minnesota Education Fairs
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 2016-17 Please read before proceeding!
June 7 - July 31, 2016 (fall and spring fairs)
Early registration may be paid by check or credit card, with credit card payment made online at the time of registration. Checks submitted for payment MUST be received by September 1 or the MEF contract will be canceled.
Late Registration: $900August 1 - August 31, 2016 (fall and spring fairs)
December 15, 2016 - February 15, 2017 (spring fairs only)
All late registrations submitted after August 1 must be paid by credit card at the time of registration. No POs will be accepted. Registration ends 9:45pm on August 15.
Lead Retrieval (Scanners) with gotocollegefairs.comLead 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
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
The Minnesota Education Fair Committee is excited to announce that financial assistance will be available to help offset the cost of busing to a MEF event for the spring 2016 fair circuit. Learn more