ADVISE TX

All across Texas, a growing number of high school students lack adequate access to information about going to college. Many of them don't believe they can succeed in college or have never considered college a possibility. Without exposure, information, and encouragement, many students never pursue college at all.

Advise TX is bridging this gap. We place exceptional recent college graduates from all fields of study on high school campuses as near-peer college advisers to lead low-income and first-generation students to college.

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About Advise TX

College Advising Corps (CAC) could well be likened to the "Teach for America" of college advising. In Texas, five partner institutions recruit highly talented recent graduates, provide them with six weeks of intensive training, and provide supervision and professional development for college advisers throughout the year.

Advisers are then placed in Texas high schools with a high proportion of historically underserved—students. These highly trained, near-peer advisers work full time and have the singular mission of building a college-going culture and helping high school students find the best fit college for their career aspirations and academic preparation. This includes assistance with ACT, SAT and college application fee waivers, college exploration, college application, FAFSA completion and submission, and--when college acceptance letters arrive—helping students understand the different financial aid packages they are offered.

CAC and Advise TX
CAC program was founded in 2006 and now has 23 partner institutions in over 14 states. Texas launched with a pilot of 15 advisers in 2010 and scaled the next year to 120. In 2011-2012 Texas Advisers served in 120 schools, in 60 Districts, serving 228,979 students, including 49,308 seniors. Of these, 18% were African American, 72% Hispanic, 8% White, and 2% Other ethnicity. Currently, Advisers are serving in 125 schools with a combined total student population of over 234,000.

"Best Fit" Advising
Advisers are not recruiters for their alma mater and employer. Their mission is to help high school students enroll in the post-secondary option that is the best fit—where they will be most likely to succeed and persist to degree or meaningful credential—be it a four-year university, two-year college, or technical school.

During their training, advisers learn about colleges and universities across the state, as well as certificate programs and associates degrees available in the geographic regions where they will serve. They visit community colleges in their area soon after assignment to their school. Advisers encourage students to apply to three or more institutions so they still have multiple options if their first choice does not accept them or offers a financial assistance package that is insufficient to make that institution a viable option.


College Resources

applytexas.org
ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.

fafsa.ed.gov
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school.

sat.collegeboard.org
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.

actstudent.org
The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The test questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Every day you attend class you are preparing for the ACT. The harder you work in school, the more prepared you will be for the test. By taking the ACT, you make yourself visible to colleges and scholarship agencies, so it's another way to help you get ready for life after high school.


Contact Us

Are you interested in learning more about Advise TX? Would you like to become an Advise TX adviser? Do you want to support Advise TX by providing a donation to the program? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, submit the form and an Advise TX representative will contact you soon.

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BRAZOS VALLEY

DALLAS/FORT WORTH

Colby Andrews
Colby Andrews
Caldwell HS & Hearne HS

Bianca Hernandez
Bianca Hernandez
Bryan HS

Camilla Rhome
Camilla Rhome
Rudder HS

Rachel Wales
Rachel Wales
Brenham HS & Navasota HS

Huston
Huston Burgess
North Mesquite HS

Ernesto Cuellar
Ernesto Cuellar
Grand Prairie HS

Shelby Hyde
Shelby Hyde
South Grand
Prairie HS

Stephanie Michalk
Stephanie Michalk
Richardson HS

Samantha Salinas
Samantha Salinas
South Garland HS

Kameron Svoboda
Kameron Svoboda
Mesquite HS

RIO GRANDE VALLEY

HOUSTON

Edwin Aguilar
Edwin Aguilar
Rivera HS

Yessenia Alonso
Yessenia Alonso
Porter HS

Margarita Cantu
Margarita Cantu
Hidalgo HS

Selena Chapa
Selena Chapa
Los Fresnos HS

Valerie Lopez
Valerie Lopez
Pace HS

Josue Martinez
Josue Martinez
Hanna HS

Barbara Mora
Barbara Mora
Harlingen HS South

Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez
Lopez HS


SAN ANTONIO

Eddie Hernandez
Eddie Hernandez
Kennedy HS

Stephanie Lawson
Stephanie Lawson
Somerset HS

Alexa Ortiz
Alexa Ortiz
Memorial HS

Alex Adam
Alex Adam
Davis HS

Veronica Amezquita
Veronica Amezquita
Pasadena HS

Mariana Campos
Mariana Campos
Wheatley HS

Brianne Farrell
Brianne Farrell
Cypress Springs HS

Racquel Garza
Racquel Garza
Taylor HS

Matthew Hernandez
Matthew Hernandez
Waltrip HS

Cody Hicks
Cody Hicks
KIPP Generations

Cleveland Jones, Jr.
Cleveland Jones, Jr.
Klein Forest HS

Zakiya Keys
Zakiya Keys
Sterling HS

Rachel Kincade
Rachel Kincade
Yates HS

DeVonta Lee
DeVonta Lee
MacArthur HS

Bradley Matthews
Bradley Matthews
Washington HS

Kelli McCosham
Kelli McCosham
Davis HS

Kayla McGee</
Kayla McGee
Morton Ranch HS

Hannah Musgrove<
Hannah Musgrove
Technology Center

Kassandra Pena
Kassandra Pena
Aldine HS

Lara Phillips
Lara Phillips
B.F. Terry HS

Jordan Polk
Jordan Polk
Barbara Jordan HS

Mary Reichert
Mary Reichert
Sam Rayburn HS

Heather Seidenschmidt
Heather Seidenschmidt
Elsik HS

Melissa Silverman
Melissa Silverman
Eisenhower HS

Meagan Smith
Meagan Smith
C.E. King HS

Shelby Smith
Shelby Smith
KIPP HS

Ivonne Soto
Ivonne Soto
Nimitz HS

Shelby Springs
Shelby Springs
KIPP HS-Sunny Side

Taylor Turner
Taylor Turner
Westbury HS

Samantha Turney
Samantha Turney
Chavez HS
 

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