Class was in session Sunday, as over 170 students from area high schools gathered in Atlantic City for the "Go To High School, Go To College" program.
"It's a program designed to encourage young students, to obviously graduate high school then go on to college," said program chairman Richard Fauntleroy.
For many students, it isn't a question of whether to go to college; it's a question of how to afford it.
"I really did worry that my parents wouldn't be able to pay for my college, my sister is already in college, but those worries kind of went away cause they told me that I have a lot of opportunities to get money," said sophomore Farhana Haque.
The event, sponsored by the Alpha Theta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, gave students and parents the chance to talk to state officials about financial aid and scholarships that can make college more affordable
"Finding out where you're going to college is one part but figuring out how your going to pay for it is the most important part so we do offer a lot of different info and programs to assist along the way," said Sharon Austin of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.
"We're here to learn about college financial aid, SATS, things like that. The greatest thing I go out of this is financial aid information about college enrollment," said parent Robert Williams.
34 volunteers held workshops to share advice on careers in medicine, engineering, business and many other topics.
Event organizers also says the program provides positive messages to young minority students.
"The most important thing is for them to see people of color in the career paths they are interested in so they can say yes, I can do it, I can achieve," said Fauntleroy.
And while the thought of college can seem overwhelming at times, students say they recognize the importance of higher education.
"Children our age should really seize the opportunity and get prepared for testing and come to programs like this," said Haque.
"Cause it really does gives you info you didn't know."