Experts say students complete the bulk of their college applications from October through January.

Most colleges accept applications for regular admission until the end of December.

This college fair not only helps students learn about their dream schools but also financial aid and scholarship information. A recent study puts the average in state college tuition at $24,000.

"This is the first opportunity for students and parents to find out about FAFSA, that's the free application for federal student aid,” Event organizer Chris Gore says. “That’s the first step in the financial aid process for most colleges and universities around the country."

Recruiters say they are looking for students with a strong gpa and those who participate in extracurricular activities. They want students who will contribute to the overall value of their school.

Colleges throughout the Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi came to the event.