Finley, WASH.- Many high school students believe college is simply not an option for them.
Peter Van Buskirk, a motivational consultant and college admission expert, went to River View High School in Finley Monday to disagree.
He gave practical advice about applications, financial aid and what students need to get started.
"They need to believe in themselves. I think that especially for students who might be the first in their family to go to college, that last factor is really important," says Van Buskirk.
The talk was sponsored by the federally funded "Gear Up" program. Leaders say that with the right tools and support, all students in Washington State can go to college.