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 2016-17 Please read before proceeding! 

  • MEF participation is limited to educational institutions that are 2016-17 MACAC Post-Secondary members. JOIN or RENEW!
  • Registration is only open to Title IV eligible and accredited college, university, other postsecondary institution, or program offering curricular study leading to a degree or diploma. If you are unsure of your institutions eligibility, please contact MEF Tri-chair, Jeron Schmidt, at jschmidt@northland.edu
  • Representatives must adhere to the MEF Regulations and Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
  • Beginning with the 2016-17 MEF cycle 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. 

Registration: $700
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: $900

August 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.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:

    Jeron Schmidt,  Northland College
    (715) 209-6878 

    Member Services Coordinator
    Liz Hayes
    MACAC Member Services Coordinator

    Transportation Grant

    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

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