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College Advising Program

 Program Context, History and  Need   The Model  College and University  Partnerships  Funding and  Administration 
 High School Partnership  Expectations  Award Process          Host High Schools (2015-16)  Host Site Application
 Timeline About MCAN     Contact Us  College Adviser Application



Introduction to AdviseMI Informational Webinar - Recording

This webinar provides an overview of the ins and outs of college advisers, who they are, and their role in the high schools. In addition, MCAN discusses the RFP process for AdviseMI for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Recorded: February 18, 2016
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Program Context, History and Need

Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) mobilizes state and local leaders to increase college readiness, enrollment, and completion rates. MCAN is committed to expanding the quantity and quality of college access professionals serving in Michigan high schools. 

In Michigan, the student-to-counselor ratio exceeds 700:1 and high schools have inadequate capacity to provide one-to-one college advising. High school students need support navigating the complex process of college admissions and financial aid.  We believe that well-trained school counselors are poised to be the best method of ensuring students access to postsecondary education. Where school counselors are overstretched, college advisers are able to serve as a capacity builder and a support in partnership with the high school counseling staff.  

Previously, MCAN partnered with the National College Advising Corps to establish college advising programs at University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Despite growth, the UM and MSU College Advising Corps only serve a fraction of Michigan high schools that need the program. MCAN launched the AdviseMI program in Fall of 2015 to help serve that need. AdviseMI placed 40 well-trained, recent college graduates as dedicated college advisers in 51 high schools across the state. AdviseMI college advisers are recent graduates of the program’s twelve partner institutions, listed below.

The Model

Since 2015, the AdviseMI program has embedded well-trained, dedicated, near-peer college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low-income and first generation college-going students. 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 five 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.  These game-changing advisers serve as experts, mentors, champions, and guides to the students they serve in partnership with school counselor(s), where they exist. They also play a transformative role in the buildings in which they are placed by fostering a college-going culture in partnership with school staff and providing needed supplemental support to overburdened school counselors.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, MCAN expects to maintain its current relationships with the 51 previously-granted high schools.  Pending AmeriCorps approval, MCAN anticipates hiring an additional four advisers and placing them in four to eight high schools. New partner high schools will be selected via a response to this request for proposals.  

College and University Partnerships

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Funding and Administration

MCAN has secured commitment from several of Michigan’s leading colleges to invest with 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. 

High School Partnership Expectations

MCAN is seeking response from high school leadership (administrators and school counselors) who are committed to supporting a dedicated full-time college adviser and dramatically raising their college- going rates through a systematic team approach. Interested high schools are asked to complete this application online, provide several assurances and attach a minimum of three letters of support (described in the application linked below). By completing the application, high schools commit to participating in the program for a minimum of three academic years (2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19) and providing the required match funding. The funding match expectation will increase over the first three years of the program.

 Annual Match Requirement 
 Year 1  $5,000 
 Year 2  $10,000
 Year 3 & Beyond  $15,000

These funds can be provided by district and non-district sources including but not limited to: a community foundation, an intermediate school district, a United Way, a family foundation, a corporation/business, a local government, or any combination. Match funding must be secured by the high school. If you need assistance locating match funding or drafting a funding request, MCAN is willing to provide support.

Award Process

High schools will be selected through a competitive selection process. Final decisions regarding selection will be based on the information provided in your application, the school buy-in as demonstrated by the letters of support provided, and the level of need communicated in the proposal.

MCAN expects a high volume of applicants for the 2016-2017 program year and, as such, will provide a pre-review process for proposals completed by Tuesday, Feb. 23. High schools will receive feedback and comments on their proposal prior to formal submission through this process. Pre-reviewed proposals are not guaranteed to be selected.

Host High Schools

High schools are selected through a competitive review selection process. Final decisions regarding selection are based on the information provided in applications, the letters of support provided, and the demonstrated level of need. 
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Host Site Application and Timeline 

MCAN uses Fluid Review, an online grant submission and review system. All host site grant applications must be submitted through the Fluid Review system. You will create a username and password for this system which can be used for this and future grant applications. When you click the "Apply Now" link below, you will be taken to a log-in page. If you have applied for a previous grant with MCAN, such as a Reach Higher grant you can use your same username and password.

Applications can only be submitted by Michigan high schools. No applications submitted by other organizations on a high school’s behalf will be accepted. 

To preview the online application components, please view this pdf sample.
NOTE: The pdf sample is for review purposes only. You cannot use it to submit the application.

Michigan high schools: Apply to be a host site - Deadline March 11


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Application Timeline
 Request for Proposals Available February 5, 2016
 Application Deadline March 11, 2016
 High School Partnerships Announced March 30, 2016
 Adviser Candidate Interviews TBD - April
 Program Begins July 1, 2016
 Adviser Training (required) July 11 - August 5, 2016
 Adviser Reports to High School Placement August 15, 2016*
 Program Ends June 30, 2019

*Dependent on academic school calendar

College Adviser Application

Recent college gradautes - want to apply to be an AdviseMI college adviser? Visit our job board for more details.


About Michigan College Access Network

MCAN’s mission is to increase college readiness, participation, and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. In order to build and sustain a vibrant economy and strong communities based on a highly educated population, MCAN works to ensure everyone in Michigan has the opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education. MCAN’s goal is to increase the proportion of Michigan residents with college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. At its core, MCAN believes:

College is Postsecondary Education: MCAN uses the term “college” to refer to the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.

College is a Necessity:  Postsecondary education is a prerequisite to success in a knowledge-based economy. Everyone must pursue and complete a postsecondary credential or degree beyond high school.

College is for Everyone: The postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. MCAN is committed to closing these gaps.

College is a Public Good: Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.

For more information or to set up an application pre-review, contact Jacqueline Ruhland, program director of AdviseMI, by calling 517.316.1713 or via email at jacqueline(a)

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