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College Advising Program

We're an Award-Winning Program!

MCAN's AdviseMI program is one of three programs from throughout the state that were recognized at the 2018 Governor's Service Awards, and honored in the category of Outstanding National Service Program. AdviseMI received the award in recognition for its efforts to improve college access services for more than 120 schools in Michigan. We are deeply appreciative to our partners, including the Michigan State University College Advising Corps. Our partners share our dedication to improving college access and attainment, and we value their support! View the press release

MCAN's AdviseMI team, left to right: Emily Halling, Karla Perez Garza,
Melissa Steward, 
Jacqueline Ruhland, and Jahshua Smith.

About AdviseMI

The goal of the program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education. The advisers are recent college graduates from partner colleges. After an intensive four-week training, advisers will be poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match/fit, complete the FAFSA, secure financial aid, and matriculate to college. 

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What You Need to Know 

 Stipend  Transportation  Housing Education Award  Training

$24,000.00 (before taxes). 

Reliable transportation

Must live in or near the
community in which
you are serving.

$6,095.00 (before taxes).
Possible eligibility for
forbearance of 
federal student loans.

Mandatory orientation
and four-week training,
starting in July 2019.  

2018-2019 Cohort Recruitment

AdviseMI has currently concluded the recruitment cycle for the 2018-2019 AdviseMI cohort. For unique opportunities during this service year, please contact Jacqueline Ruhland, AdviseMI assistant director, by sending an email to jacqueline(a) 

AdviseMI will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 AdviseMI Cohort on Jan. 7, 2019. The application will be posted on our website. Applicants may have a bachelor’s degree in any subject area with a 2017, 2018 or 2019 graduation date.

Applicants will be asked to submit a resume that includes three references, a copy of transcripts and a short essay. Please send all applications materials to advisemi(a) Applicant interviews will be conducted between February and May 2019. The start date for the program will be in July 2019.

Questions about AdviseMI and the application process should be directed to Jacqueline Ruhland, AdviseMI assistant director, by sending an email to advisemi(a)

Funding and Administration

MCAN has secured investment commitment from these leading colleges and other funding partners to sustain the program over multiple years. By braiding together relatively small amounts of funding from multiple sources, the program does not cause a financial strain on any one organization. Successful applicant high schools, a local philanthropic partner, or other entity must provide a cash match for each adviser. MCAN will administer the program by employing and training the advisers.  

College and University Partnerships

We are proud to be partnering with the following universities: 

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