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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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

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BRAZOS VALLEY

DALLAS/FORT WORTH

Huston Burgess
Huston Burgess
Caldwell HS & Hearne HS

Hannah Musgrove
Hannah Musgrove
Bryan HS

Camilla Rhome
Camilla Rhome
Rudder HS

Rachel Wales
Rachel Wales
Brenham HS & Navasota HS

Mary Crimmins
Mary Crimmins
Grand Prairie HS

Shelby Hyde
Shelby Hyde
South Grand
Prairie HS

Michael Junior
Michael Junior
Duncanville HS

Jacob Littlejohn
Jacob Littlejohn
North Mesquite HS

Karina Martinez
Karina Martinez
Duncanville HS

Lucette Martinez
Lucette Martinez
Richardson HS

Mandy Reichelt
Mandy Reichelt
South Garland HS

Dallas Reyes
Dallas Reyes
Dubiski HS

Kameron Svoboda
Kameron Svoboda
Mesquite HS

Paula Willis
Paula Willis
Horn HS

RIO GRANDE VALLEY

HOUSTON

Edwin Aguilar
Edwin Aguilar
Rivera HS

Yessenia Alonso
Yessenia Alonso
Porter HS

Melanie Garza
Melanie Garza
Hidalgo HS

Monique Mena
Monique Mena
Los Fresnos HS

Laura Hernandez
Laura Hernandez
Pace HS

Claudia Pequeno
Claudia Pequeno
Hanna HS

Selena Chapa
Selena Chapa
Harlingen HS South

Irving Valdez
Irving Valdez
Lopez HS


SAN ANTONIO

Michelle Derry
Michelle Derry
Somerset HS

Jocelyn Gonzalez
Jocelyn Gonzalez
Kennedy HS

Josue Martinez
Josue Martinez
Memorial HS

Veronica Alaniz
Veronica Alaniz
Pasadena HS

Kellie Alexander
Kellie Alexander
Klein Forest HS

Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown
Memorial HS

Mariana Campos
Mariana Campos
South Houston HS

Marissa Chambless
Marissa Chambless
MacArthur HS

Maranda Egge
Maranda Egge
B.F. Terry HS

Emily French
Emily French
Mayde Creek HS

Racquel Garza
Racquel Garza
Taylor HS

Hannah Grunwald
Hannah Grunwald
KIPP Generations HS

Ashley Herd
Ashley Herd
Hastings HS

Matthew Hernandez
Matthew Hernandez
Waltrip HS

DJ Johnson
DJ Johnson
Nimitz HS

Drashawn Johnson
Drashawn Johnson
C.E. King HS

Rachel Kincade
Rachel Kincade
Sterling HS

Carrie McMann
Carrie McMann
Morton Ranch HS

Kassandra Pena
Kassandra Pena
Aldine HS

Jordan Polk
Jordan Polk
Barbara Jordan HS

Tyra Preston
Tyra Preston
Cypress Springs HS

Mary Reichert
Mary Reichert
Sam Rayburn HS

Amy Robles
Amy Robles
Elsik HS

Shelby Springs
Shelby Springs
KIPP Sunny Side HS

Taylor Turner
Taylor Turner
Westbury HS

Shelby Wallace
Shelby Wallace
KIPP HS

Eric Washington
Eric Washington
Eisenhower HS

Kyana Wiggins
Kyana Wiggins
Davis HS

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